I wanted to chime in after taking my "new" 9VR out in the cold tonight. I've posted here for a while about the Tasco 99VR that I got a couple of months ago. I was impressed with the view, focuser and convenience. It's got Diamond Z markings on it, and I noticed that the objective is stopped down at the front of the tube to be about 30 mm or so.
So I got a 9VR from CN Classifieds earlier this month, and I finally got some time outside with it tonight. This is a Vixen scope, and it doesn't have the baffle/stop right behind the objective. Also, the focuser is much smoother. It's almost like Diamond Z made a scope that would look exactly like the Vixen. Without the baffle it is much brighter than the 99VR.
The total field for the two scopes is close to the same size at 10x, and the center of the field of the Vixen is much sharper than the edge. I plan to swap the objectives at some point to see if the edge of field for the 99VR is as good, and if so I'll pull the baffle out.
Performance: The Vixen with my 6 mm Meade ortho separated all of the parts of the Trapezium, and found plenty of fuzz. I was really impressed with the view this thing can put out. Even the finder scope put out a decent view of the area at 6x. I'm just amazed. I added a C90 kit with 18mm, 30mm and diagonal, and it's awesome to use.
(I deleted the pics - the aspect ratio was off for some reason. I'll see if I can post new ones when I get a chance.)
Edited by DocFinance, 26 December 2014 - 12:10 AM.