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    Smile Finding the right finder-scope for Vixen 110



    I recently bought a Vixen VMC110L Modified Cassegrain Telescope with Porta II Mount. It is a wonderful telescope, but the red dot finder supplied does not work well for day time use. For day light use I need an actual finder scope.

    So I ordered a Meade #828 8x50 Viewfinder with Bracket. The bracket was made for the Meade LX series Telescopes. ACK!!! It does not fit foot of the Vixen VMC110L.

    I need some advice.

    I found a bracket at the Vixen site, but the bracket and shoe cost $116. The Meade finder was only $59. I do not want to spend so much as the Vixen OTA was only $300.

    Is there a cheaper way to mount a finder-scope on my Vixen VMC110L? I called the company where I bought the finder-scope. Their advice was to use sticky tape to mount the scope. That does not work for me because I need to mount and unmount the finder when I transport the VMC110L.

    Thanks for reading this. I need some help, so thanks in advance.

    Clinton

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    Hi Clinton,

    Don't have a Vixen telescope, but I just wanted to help with some suggestions, even if they finally get discarded by you !

    I've seen that the Meade's finder mounting base looks quite different to others. Bad news is that neither Meade nor Vixen publish the measures of the 'shoe' anywhere that I could find.

    However, the RDF of your Vixen seems to be sitting in a very similar base compared to my Orion scope. Orion finder scopes are supposed to fit all Orion scopes, but they also sell additional mounting bases for other brands, and some models are on sale now here.

    My suggestion is to contact Orion sales team by email (or any other provider you might find with a potential finder for your scope) asking them to provide accurate fitting measures for their finder scopes / adapters and double check with your RDF as to avoid the same issue happening again.

    Sorry for not being of more help, but I hope that setting this thread back on top of the new posts will make some Vixen owners to jump in with other suggestions !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanM View Post
    Hi Clinton,

    Don't have a Vixen telescope, but I just wanted to help with some suggestions, even if they finally get discarded by you !

    I've seen that the Meade's finder mounting base looks quite different to others. Bad news is that neither Meade nor Vixen publish the measures of the 'shoe' anywhere that I could find.

    However, the RDF of your Vixen seems to be sitting in a very similar base compared to my Orion scope. Orion finder scopes are supposed to fit all Orion scopes, but they also sell additional mounting bases for other brands, and some models are on sale now here.

    My suggestion is to contact Orion sales team by email (or any other provider you might find with a potential finder for your scope) asking them to provide accurate fitting measures for their finder scopes / adapters and double check with your RDF as to avoid the same issue happening again.

    Sorry for not being of more help, but I hope that setting this thread back on top of the new posts will make some Vixen owners to jump in with other suggestions !
    Thanks Juan,

    I did as you suggested and bought the 9x50 Orion Illuminated Finder Scope with Bracket. I did have to guess without actual measurements.

    Thanks again - Clear Sky's,

    clinton

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    Quote Originally Posted by c1inton View Post
    I did have to guess without actual measurements.
    Did you contact them but they were unable to provide measures ?

    Well, good luck in any case. I hope you will have it fixed with that model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanM View Post
    Did you contact them but they were unable to provide measures ?

    Well, good luck in any case. I hope you will have it fixed with that model.

    Clear skies
    The foot on the Orion should fit, as one member of Cloudy Nights says Orion and Vixen shoes are the same dimensions. If not, I will file or buildup the foot to fit. I will post gain after I get the Orion finder.

    Thanks to all for the advice.

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    I received the Orion 9x50 finder-scope, AND IT FITS THE VIXEN VMC110L. Now I can find targets faster. Thanks to all who advised me.

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    Very good news, Clínton !

    you're ready for the party now

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanM View Post
    Very good news, Clínton !

    you're ready for the party now






    Thanks Juan.

    clinton

 

 

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