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Vixen VMC200L on Atlas EQ-6

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#1 Strgazr27

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:07 AM

UPS showed up about 10 minutes after I left for work yesterday :foreheadslap: so I had to wait until I got home from work last night to unwrap this beauty :) I was up till almost 3 a.m. staring at the quality and craftsmanship of the Vixen brand. Sometimes you DO get what you pay for. The GoTo is almost done on the Atlas and first light should be Monday or Tuesday if the weather holds. :crazy:

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:08 AM

A shot of the Orion 8x50 Big Eye illuminated finder and built in PiggyBack camera mount. Again, the quality is apparent.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:09 AM

Here is the MAIN reason I LOVE this scope....Goodbye mirror shift. The focuser can only be described as butter smooth with ZERO slop. You can also see the collimation screws for the Primary as well as the focuser. The focuser is 2". Now I need to find some nice machined aluminum focusing knobs :)

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:10 AM

Reverse view of finder and PB bracket. Does anybody know what size batteries the finder takes. I didn't get any paperwork with it.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:13 AM

A shot of the secondary. The quality of the flat black finish is amazing in the tube and offers almost ZERO reflection. I can't wait to get a view of Saturn through this thing :jump:

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#6 Chris G

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 10:43 AM

That's a gorgeous scope, looking forward to hearing your first light report.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 10:49 AM

Yeah, thats a real purdee scope !!!
Orion have some nice aluminum knobs , dont they ?

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 12:46 PM

:bow:

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 01:21 PM

Nice set up. Give us a first light report (as soon as the weather cooperates)!

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 02:25 PM

Congratz on a great scope. Here wishin' you see no curse.:waytogo:

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:34 PM

Thanks guys :) To late for the curse. Supposed to rain till Monday here. That's actually OK as it will give me time to tie up the loose ends and finish the GoTo conversion on the mount. I just ordered a WO 2" Dielectric Diagonal and a 2" to SCT Thread adapter. With the latter I can still use my Celestron f6.3 FR and Rebel. I also picked up a set of the Orion "Mag" style focuser wheels just for some shine.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 08:16 PM

Reverse view of finder and PB bracket. Does anybody know what size batteries the finder takes. I didn't get any paperwork with it.


Most likely it takes 2x #357s. I have three illuminators of different brands, and they all take the same. There's another single battery (Batteries Plus #91, Cat #TNRCR1/3), which is the equivalent of 2 - 357s.

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Posted 28 March 2005 - 11:29 AM

I've been eyeing the VMC200L myself for a while now as an eventual upgrade to my current scope...what's the back-focus on that thing? Do you think it's enough to get an OAG and camera on?

Looks very nice,
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Posted 28 March 2005 - 11:50 AM

Jason,

Thanks for the compliment. It really is a pretty setup. I measure about 2 1/2 inches of back travel to the end of the focusing tube. Vixen does make an extension tube for use in AP. THIS may help out.

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Posted 28 March 2005 - 06:52 PM

I've been eyeing the VMC200L myself for a while now as an eventual upgrade to my current scope...what's the back-focus on that thing? Do you think it's enough to get an OAG and camera on?

Looks very nice,
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With the VC200L you can use an off axis guider and a camera, but not with the focal reducer. I'm going out on a limb, but I would say they are the same.


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