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Vixen 114 mm Newton on Polaris (?) mount

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#1 Roel

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:38 PM

I've recently phuchased this old Vixen Newton. Not a very exciting telescope, but the condition was excellent (near mint!) and I believe it's from the early eighty's.

However I dont know if the mount is a Polaris or a New Polaris. I've seen mounts wich have the part just above the tripod stading in an angle of 40 degrees and also mount with no angle. (Hope you'll understand what I mean)

Also I would like to know the age of this scope...

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:47 PM

Here is the metal plate with serial number (?) and a close-up of the mount.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:49 PM

Hmmm, only one pic possible per post apparently...

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:56 PM

Yes that appears to me to be the original Polaris mount that was followed by the Super Polaris mount. Very nice combo you have there.
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#5 Jae

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 02:57 PM

I've never seen one with an angle, otherwise seems to be a polaris.
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#6 Roel

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 03:22 PM

Thanks! For it's size it's a very solid mount. About the same size as a Synta EQ-3, but almost as solid as a EQ-5 or a TAL-1. More than enough for the scope!

Another surprise is that this mount can also be used as an AZ mount! Love that!

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 03:37 PM

Yup, that is a Polaris, predecessor to the Super Polaris, and later the Great Polaris.

A classic, robust, smooth mount. :)

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 04:01 PM

Looks like you've got yourself a nice setup there.

Early 80's, BTW, to answer your 'how old is it' question. I had one of the 80/900 refractors from that vintage and it was a very nice instrument, which I sold to a friend last year and she enjoys thoroughly.

I've actually got a Vixen scope older than that -- one of the VERY early 80mm Fluorite scopes (the one with the funky 70's capital script FLUORITE on the dew shield). It's a great little scope, as many from that era are. I need to get it refinished, but before I do I want to see if I can get the FLUORITE decal reproduced (the only marking on the entire scope except for the little Cirle-V on the focuser pinion housing cover). I have a friend locally who is also into high-power rocketry who has an Alps printer and makes custom decals with it (or clones classic ones for classic rocket clones). I need to see if I can get this thing to scan halfway decently, then clean it up in Photoshop and take it over to him. If we can get a good copy of it, then this tube is going to the powder coater for a fresh coat of white color. :) I've never personally seen an older Vixen scope than this -- and it's different in most every way from the later 80FLs (different focuser, different colors on the focuser body, cell, and rings -- a very dark green -- different cell, different method of attaching the focuser...). I'd really like to know exactly how old it is, but I don't think I'll ever be able to find out. It's definitely pre-Celestron or right at the time when they started to OEM to Celestron...

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#9 Jae

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 06:40 PM

Tony,

Love that passion of yours for perfection !! Must be the common thread among some of us classic lovers....
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 03:02 AM

The thing looks like you just took it out of the box! My stuff looks worse than that after the first 30 days of use!

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 08:44 AM

Hi:

Lovely scope in near perfect condition. Love the Polaris mount. I wonder is this is essentially the same scope as the Celestron C4.5 which was also mounted on the Polaris mount?? I am quite sure Vixen manufactured the C4.5. I have been lusting after a C4.5 for a while now.

You have a beauty there.

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