Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Mounts

Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874399 - 05/20/13 06:40 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

.......

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874400 - 05/20/13 06:41 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

........

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874403 - 05/20/13 06:42 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

.........

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874406 - 05/20/13 06:42 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

..........

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874408 - 05/20/13 06:43 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

...........

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874415 - 05/20/13 06:46 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

And the manual. I was surprised that they list the allowed weight capacity for different setups. Great.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Scott Rose
professor emeritus
*****

Reged: 04/20/08

Loc: beachwood ohio
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5874448 - 05/20/13 07:03 PM

I am interested in this mount. Let me know how it works after you have used it a couple of times. Thanks.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
thesubwaypusher
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 07/08/04

Loc: New York City
Re: VIXEN SXD 2 new [Re: Scott Rose]
      #5875660 - 05/21/13 11:48 AM

Hi Scott:

I actually got a chance to run out to my balcony last night, which was weird, because they predicted clouds. It's usually the other way around!

So, I discovered a great feature of the Vixen mount, especially if you are a city-dweller that has and overhead balcony or similar. A great frustration with other mounts is that many times we can't align on a specific star on an alignment star list. (I do a ghost align with my LX200- which renders it a bit lost as far as tracking goes) I set up facing south, and was able to align on whatever was in front of me. I was picking the alignment objects! How kool! I aligned on the moon, on Saturn, on M104, and on a few stars that I saw were at the points of constellations. By the time I started observing, I was going back and forth between the moon and Saturn, accurately, and with great tracking.

Another great feature is that the earth is transparent on the screen. What this means is when you want to know what just set, or what is about to rise, there is no more guessing. You can see the object, through the earth, albeit dimmer, to allow you to distinguish between what is up and what is below horizon.

There are so many more things to say, but I hate to waste them on a thread that is going to disappear soon so I guess I will write a full review on AM, doing it fast because I want folks to have the info before the dealers start listing this thing.

So far, I am loving this mount. It is very manageable compared to my CGEM, but I still prefer the beefiness of the CGEM, the way it moves and looks. Also, it's great to be able to use a hand controller, and just flip it over the focuser. The Starbook has to be handled delicately (at least in my mind) and placed in a padded pouch very often.

Good luck, Chris


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)


Extra information
22 registered and 23 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Dave M, richard7, bilgebay, iceblaze 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 1598

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics