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Quote:Hi All,Are there many here using Vixen mounts? You never hear a lot about them.
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Quote:Are there many here using Vixen mounts? You never hear a lot about them.
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Quote:I tend to believe Vixen that the mount itself is made in Japan. The GP mounts have been very precisely copied by competing companies, that is where the similarity in parts might originate from.-André
Quote:I own and love a Vixen New Atlux mount. It is a masterpiece mechanically. Starbook was the only shortcoming but this was quickly cured when I replaced the control board with a NexAtlux board. Now I am using a Celestron handcontroller and the mount is convinced that it is a Celestron CGE Pro
Quote:Here in CN there is a very recent review of the Vixen SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Starbook Ten by Chris Thomasel. LB
Quote:Quote:Here in CN there is a very recent review of the Vixen SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Starbook Ten by Chris Thomasel. LB Yeah, I read that; it's on the Astromart, too. He liked it for visual use. My problems would be that once you get the accessories you need to make it workable, it is at the price level of the arguably more capable Losmandy G11, and past other arguably more capable mounts like the Synta AZ-EQ-6.Also, since he was visual only, I am not convinced that the many problems StarBook users have had when using the system for astrophotography have been eliminated.Frankly, if you are visual only, an EQ-6 with a Netbook running your favorite astronomy program will work as well if not better. And, unless something has changed between StarBook and StarBook X, the EQ-6 will be far better for imaging. When Vixen brought out the StarBook, there was still a place for a fancy controller with a big color screen. In this days of iPads and Android Notes, and iPhones, and Netbooks, I believe the time for a controller like it has past. If they'd really got it right, it would be different. but they didn't with the original StarBook, and I am not convinced they have now.Though I would love to be wrong about it.
Quote:Hopefully with the new software they will have, at least, allowed the user to turn that feature off when not desired.
Quote:I suspect with the cost of Japan labor, Vixen can't really undercut Takahashi that much.. the GP etc. were very well-priced, until the Chinese came along.
Quote:If the original StarBook had fixed ONE ISSUE (the random dec jumps) the SXW/SXD/Atlux would be in high demand as a portable AP mount, but Vixen evidently has cotton stuffed in their ears and doesn't read these forums for feedback.
Quote:Quote:I tend to believe Vixen that the mount itself is made in Japan. The GP mounts have been very precisely copied by competing companies, that is where the similarity in parts might originate from.-André Maybe, maybe not. Because of costs, much Japanese astronomy and photo gear is at least assembled in China, often/usually with at least some Chinese components. There is nothing bad about that as long as the company having that done exercises normal quality control. Which I hope Vixen does.
Quote:actually Vixen "sf" refractors are rebadged Synta, but "ss" are Japan-made. And the price reflects this...
Quote:What does Vixen Japan say the load rating of the Sphinx SXW is without counterweights? And, why the heck is there so much misinformation, and obtuseness with Vixen, anyway? It's like they actually go out of their way to bite their nose in order to spite their face!
Quote:That's what I don't understand. They were the darlings of amateur astronomy in the 90s. Good quality, and very reasonable prices. They at least seemed to pay attention to their customers. Now? Not so much. Change of management? I don't know.
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Quote:But I had already decided to avoid the starbook related mounts and was more looking for just a good quality tracking mount. I was kind of thinking for a solar application so the white color is appealing.There is currently a promotion running from them with a GP2/HAL130 combo for only $499. I was thinking of adding the Chinese motors like the ones I have from Orion for my other EQ5's since they're only $150 or so for the setup instead of like $700 for the Vixens.