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I love Vixen scopes, would anyone want to share their list of vixen scopes

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#1 grif 678

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 09:00 PM

Saying Vixen but will also include the Vixen branded Celestrons, which are the same except for the color. I know the vintage C-80s and the vintage C102s are abundant with the members of CN. But would like to know if the Vixen 70F, 80F, 90F, and the 102F are as abundant.

That period of astronomy was the most exciting period in my past. It seemed that Vixen had everything that was needed, even though today's scopes  have everything but the kitchen sink, stuff that will probably not last the time that the great Vixen scopes of the past have.

As far as vintage achromats, I would think that Vixen was at the top, maybe along with Unitron, but the other scope manufacturers could not match the optical performance, unless a fortune was spent.

I have a great C-80 that my grand son now owns, ( thanks Terra ) and I hope that as the years go buy, he will learn astronomy and the heavens with that great scope. He is getting at the age now to where he is starting to notice the heavens, but maybe a couple years before a scope will be a part of his arsenal.


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#2 k5apl

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 09:23 PM

I will share my Vixen list in hopes that I can get more information about it.  Only one Vixen scope- 102mm

f13 refractor.  The most info I could find on it is that I Think it was called a Pulsar 102.  It was built for an

ALT-AZ mount, and had a bar for an adjustable CW to balance the tube.  I also Think the objective was

made by Carton.  Or it could have come from the same source as the Antares objectives (probably professional grade).  It has an excellent IMO objective with very little chromatic abberation.  My friend Chuck who is an experienced observer was impressed with it, and he remarked how color-free it was (Jupiter).

Bottom line is I really like my Vixen refractor.  And it works well with Vixen NPL eyepieces.

Wes


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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:43 PM

I will share my Vixen list in hopes that I can get more information about it.  Only one Vixen scope- 102mm

f13 refractor.  The most info I could find on it is that I Think it was called a Pulsar 102.  It was built for an

ALT-AZ mount, and had a bar for an adjustable CW to balance the tube.  I also Think the objective was

made by Carton.  Or it could have come from the same source as the Antares objectives (probably professional grade).  It has an excellent IMO objective with very little chromatic abberation.  My friend Chuck who is an experienced observer was impressed with it, and he remarked how color-free it was (Jupiter).

Bottom line is I really like my Vixen refractor.  And it works well with Vixen NPL eyepieces.

Wes

 

I have one of these as well, labeled with Carton iirc. Came with a yoke alt az. Pretty stable. Really nice achromat optics. A keeper for sure.

 

Other than this one, I have 9 others between an FL55ss and a ED130s.  I haven’t met a Vixen yet I didn’t like…including the wife-a Vixen is a female Kitfox, after all…lol.gif


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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:51 PM

I just have a Vixen NA140. 


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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:56 PM

Currently, I'm down to just 2 Vixen Classics:

 

- Orange & Green 60L F15

 

Vixen HALLEY SPC-60L P04 - Complete (LS FL).jpg

 

(My prettiest Vixen - War Eagle!)

 

- Black Celestron C80P (Premium Coatings)

 

Celestron C-80P S21 - Mizar SP (RS Full).jpg

 

Both are outstanding achromatics.  I've been most impressed by the C80's high-power performance - close to that ASTRO / Sears 6336.  (I think that black OTA looks very good on my Mizar SP, too!)

 

I have owned & used:

 

- Red Devil Tasco 9VR 60 F5

- Tak FC Challenger FL80S

Clammy Black Celestron C102

- Confusing Field Maksutov-Cassegrain VMC200L

- The Green & White Finder that performs like a Real Refractor Vixen 60x700

 

I've probably missed a couple.  What all these Vixens have in common??  Excellent to Outstanding Optics & Hardware.


Edited by Bomber Bob, 11 February 2024 - 01:54 PM.

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#6 CarolinaBanker

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 12:15 AM

I have a Cometron Co-62, great, incredibly compact scope.


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Posted 11 February 2024 - 03:32 AM

I have a Vixen ED102S with a GP mount, great setup and fine optic.

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 05:36 AM

Two Vixen/Celestron 80mms

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Technically one is a SP-C80 the other is a C80 that was orphaned form a Polaris.

 

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I also have a C60 and a Polaris mount it will share with the other 80 but it needs some legs.

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 11 February 2024 - 06:22 AM

Had around 30 of them and all good. Had this freaky sharp C102 out last nite and was using a 2.5mm and 2x barlow and just insane how sharp a star image is at silly pow wow's over 600x.

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#10 Paul Sweeney

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 06:22 AM

I have 2 Vixens:

The 80L is an outstanding scope that never ceases to impress me.

My VC200L is just the opposite. With a strehl of, iirc, 49, it is a great example of poor manufacturing.

I also had 2 ED102SS scopes. One showed 7 diffraction rings around Saturn, and went back. The second gave everything a green tinge. It went back, too. I haven't bought a Vixen scope since.
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Posted 11 February 2024 - 08:02 AM

More.

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 11:36 AM

Great topic  thanks

 

I have had several

 

  I have had the C-102      actually two different ones   both very very good  should have held onto one of them.

 

   Have had two C-80s   one a first scope     a great grab and go     the other one I had was even better ..    should have held on to that one. But  like anyone else, sometimes you sell a few scopes to raise the funds for the dream scope   and that's what happened

 

Oh    the Vixen 80mm fl   in Vixen white and Vixen green trim, my favorite color combo.         only sold it to get the incomparable older  FC -76 Red F    really both scopes are awesome optically, love the FC76    But that Vixen 80mmFL was  my everyday fluorite.  I know where it is and if he ever goes to part with it, I would buy it in a New York minute   but he should never part with it..

 

The Vixen 90FL    same great images but really closer to the C-102FL than the Vixen 80FL in capability. so let it go eventually 

looked great on the Super Polaris     (see Christmas pic)      .just bought the SP mount back last week

 

Finally,   the C-102  FL ... incredible optics  in a manageable package    upgraded the focuser because it needed that    saved the old focuser for originality....Despite have one too many 4 inch Fluorites,  I have trouble letting this one go...

 

The  thing about the Vixen Fluorite in my experience, is that they can eat power   the 80mmFL especially    since as you increase power it is so good, and the image holds super crisp.. increase power again and the same solid image   etc     just amazing... 

 

Here is a pic of the Vixen 80mmFL and the C-102FL  for the Jupiter passes Saturn event December 2020

 

Wish I had all my Vixens back     I

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 11:44 AM

Vixen 102M here smile.gif

 


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Posted 11 February 2024 - 12:16 PM

The scope I always wanted to test is a VMC200L. Anyone have one? It's a real cat.

 

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 12:22 PM

I have 2 Vixens:

The 80L is an outstanding scope that never ceases to impress me.

My VC200L is just the opposite. With a strehl of, iirc, 49, it is a great example of poor manufacturing.

I also had 2 ED102SS scopes. One showed 7 diffraction rings around Saturn, and went back. The second gave everything a green tinge. It went back, too. I haven't bought a Vixen scope since.

Thanks for sharing this  experience.....

 It  begs the question   when was the manufacturing  time period with the sub par vixens?

 

 I only ask because all mine were older scopes        1980's- to early 90's I think   

  perhaps like certain other products  there was a golden age of high quality



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Posted 11 February 2024 - 01:36 PM

The scope I always wanted to test is a VMC200L. Anyone have one? It's a real cat.

 

-drl

IME, a better high-power planetary CAT than my C8.  But... a previous owner had worked on / played with every alignment screw on it -- including the separate Focuser Backplate.  I had to dig in the Manual, zero-out all the changes, and start from scratch.  After that, it held collimation at least as good as an SCT.  IIRC, it was a 75x per inch Field Maksutov.

 

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It was a tail-heavy beast for sure!  Outstanding 50mm Finder, too -- TAK Grade rings & bracket.  Felt like cast iron!


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Posted 11 February 2024 - 02:38 PM

Firstscope 80, 10VR, Orange tube C6 currently.



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Posted 11 February 2024 - 03:57 PM

 have a NA120 and a Vixen 70mm Fluorite.  Also, a 90mm Fluorite. 


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 12:34 PM

I'm just down to having one Vixen, my 90mm F11 custom.

It sure can use some photons. all my scopes can but I really do like this scope despite having plenty of APO's.

 

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Posted 12 February 2024 - 02:02 PM

Thanks for sharing this experience.....
It begs the question when was the manufacturing time period with the sub par vixens?

I only ask because all mine were older scopes 1980's- to early 90's I think
perhaps like certain other products there was a golden age of high quality

The VC200L is from 1997.
The two ED 102SS scopes are from 2003, I think.
The 80L is older, and is excellent. So I would have to agree that Vixen's golden age was pre-1995. My Vixen mounts and LV eyepieces are great.
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Posted 12 February 2024 - 02:37 PM

I’ve had a half dozen or so Vixen and Vixen-made Celestrons over the years. Now it’s just my Vixen ED102SS, and up until a year ago, also my Vixen 120S:

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Posted 12 February 2024 - 03:52 PM

Currently enjoying my Vixen FL-102 and FL-70. I had a great performing ED81s as well. 


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 04:05 PM

I've owned:

 

Vixen 80 mm f/8 fluorite

Celestron C102F

Celestron SP-C102

Celstron GP-C102

Celestron C4.5

Vixen VMC95L

 

All were great scopes and all are sold, some regrettably. I like their replacements, however.


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Posted 13 February 2024 - 05:28 AM

My wonderful C102F on Super Polaris, made by Vixen

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 09:36 AM

I have this little Celestron-branded Vixen gem:
 
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