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kcb
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Reged: 07/18/13

Loc: georgian bay,ontario
anyone own a vixen vmc 260l new
      #6132525 - 10/12/13 06:54 AM

hi
can any owners of the vixen vmc 260l describe the quality of visual observations through the scope ? thanks,kevin


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Larry Carlino
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Reged: 06/05/06

Re: anyone own a vixen vmc 260l new [Re: kcb]
      #6135399 - 10/13/13 04:57 PM

Kevin,
I've owned a Vixen VMC260L for a couple of years and have found it to be an excellent telescope. Stellar images are razor sharp, and the scope delivers a wealth of high-contrast planetary detail. I've taken the Vixen to a number of star parties and outreach events, and it never fails to impress the viewers. At one event, several non-astronomers remarked that the view of Saturn was better with the Vixen than with our club's excellent C14. The diffraction spikes from the spider can be a distraction for some observers, but they cease to be an issue in lunar and planetary observing. The light weight of the VMC260 allows it to be mounted on a CG-5 equatorial with reasonable damping time; I can carry the entire mount and scope assembly a few dozen yards without having to separate components. Light grasp and magnitude penetration is better than expected because of the dielectric coated mirrors. There is a tiny bit of image shift when focusing, but, overall, the scope is well made and a lot of fun to use. In head-to-head shoot-outs, it outperforms both a good 10" Dob and Meade 10" SCT.

Larry


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Bill Barlow
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Reged: 12/03/07

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Re: anyone own a vixen vmc 260l [Re: Larry Carlino]
      #6135849 - 10/13/13 09:09 PM

Hi Larry,

I have heard others give very favorable reviews of this Vixen scope. When you had the shoot out with the Meade 10, did that scope have the UHTC coatings?

Bill


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kcb
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Reged: 07/18/13

Loc: georgian bay,ontario
Re: anyone own a vixen vmc 260l new [Re: Larry Carlino]
      #6136452 - 10/14/13 08:53 AM

thanks larry , i am considering one for visual use,your comments have helped,kevin

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