info. on the Vixen ED 100 f-9 dual focuser refract
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:33 AM
the vixens which have an "SF" model are China. The "SS" are Japan.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:55 AM
Hi. I have a chance to pick up a vixen ED 100 f-9 dual focuser refractor for 675.00. Does anybody know any info. on it? I've done some searches and found little info. How old is the model/was it dis-continued , was it re-placed with a newer model? Does it have Japanese optics? Is the price good? Is it a apochromatic scope? Any info. you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks.
As others have said, these are good scopes.
The price seems high to me. This is the same scope as the Orion. ED-100, its made by Synta Optical. OPT sells the Skywatcher version for $750 and that includes a case, a 2inch dielectric diagonal, rings, an 8x50 finder and free shipping... Skywatcher is the Synta Optical house brand...
Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:13 AM
This would have to come with over $100 worth of extra stuff to be worth it.
I'd be patient and keep looking for a deal. One will come up.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:08 PM
I sold a Televue 101 because I didn't use it and thought I would still like to have a good 4" refactor, and found the Vixen 100ED sf for $400 (with case, rings, and dovetail).
Except for the wider true field of the Televue 101, I found the Vixen to be ever bit as good on any target that would fit into the field. Superb performance for a 4" scope. I don't know how a 4" scope could be meaningfully better.
Sold it to because it didn't get used much, but I recommend them highly.
Not at this price though, even with the dual speed focuser (which is not at all necessary on a 100mm f/9 scope by the way).
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:55 PM
I recently purchased a used Vixen ED100SF (case, rings, dovetail, stock diagonal).
I also have a Orion ST80 and a Celestron C8SE/XLT to compare to.
First off, this scope is beautiful. I have it on a CG5 mount and it is a wonderful pairing.
This scope eats up magnification no problem - with little to no COMA or other nasties. I have the single speed focuser model (older) - which works extremely well. No slop or play, focusing is very smooth.
I have a Baader Hyperion 5mm EP, which gives me an effective 180x. I was looking at both Jupiter and M43 a few nights back with both the Vixen and the C8. With the Vixen both objects looked spectacular at 180x. With Jupiter, no fringing, no distortion, really a nice view. Equal to my Celestron C8 at similar magnification. M43 was stunning - long wispy arms, some good definition and pin points for the Trapezium.
I put in my 2x Orion Shorty Plus, giving me an effective 360x (!). Looking at Jupiter I was really quite surprised - there was some image breakdown, but I was still able to get a fairly sharp focus. No COMA or fringing - even at 360x! I was amazed ... not that I will use this power but wow, it really could hold up. Pushing it to 200x-250x is very rewarding as it holds up really well.
My ST80 breaks down very quickly when pushed above 80-100x. Beyond 100x ... nah ... time to retire it. Nice wide views below 50x, but going higher is a bit tough.
In summary, I have been blown away by the ED100SF - really exceeded my expectations. The sharpness and definition is amazing and I feel it bests my C8SE in many viewing situations. Double stars (one of my favorites to view) are really spectacular.
Its a keeper!