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    Default Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor



    For almost the last year I have been saving to get a new scope and mount, I had decided to get this combination after discussion with owners and long time users of the gear so I had very high hopes.
    After finally ordering it I got the confirmation that everything had finally arrived around 3 weeks before my trip home.

    The Mount!

    After arriving and a few hours of sleep it was time to have something to eat and start the official unboxing!
    I took a quick glance through the parcels and I sat down to eat… oh oh alarm is going off in the head!
    Go back and look at the boxes again, scope, accessories, weights, eyepieces, mount… the mount is the wrong one! I ordered a SXD2 and this decal says SXP!
    After carefully opening the box to check it was confirmed, a beautiful looking SXP no luck with a mislabelled box. A nice upgrade but not one I can afford at the moment!
    With the time difference between Canada and Slovakia it will be a few hours before I can talk with the dealer so the mount box is closed and set aside.

    The Scope!

    940mm (37”) overall, of silky white Vixen goodness!

    Fit, finish and paint are all excellent and looks great.
    Surprisingly light for a tube this size weighting in at 6.4kg (14lbs) with all the accessories attached. 4.4kg (9.7lbs) bare tube.
    Tube interior is properly blackened and a nice baffling system.
    The coatings are very pristine and the lens seems to disappear when looking at it.
    However Vixen is producing their new “environmentally friendly” glass now they seem to have improved their already great polishing another notch too.
    The new rack and pinion dual speed focuser 7:1 ratio (non-rotational) is almost as smooth as my Feathertouch and with a 2“ Stellarvue diagonal installed the focuser tube does not slide even with no tension applied. The older single speed version was said to have had a very tiny touch of image shift but when I viewed with this scope last year I could not see any shift while racking the focuser.
    The new model focuser also uses a brass compression band instead of the set screws now.
    The package comes with flip mirror diagonal, rings, dovetail, carrying/ lifting handle, and a 7x30 straight through illuminated finder and assorted eyepiece/ camera adapters and a focal reducer.
    The finder will be replaced with either an Antares or Stellarvue RACI in the near future.


    The Mount! (again)

    Dealing with different time zones and a couple of conversations I discovered that the mount was not actually the wrong one!
    It was not what I ordered but since I do not use a credit card my boss was kind enough to do the transaction for me. The package was ordered through a friend of his.
    In his usual way he had arranged to have the mount upgraded as a job bonus for me and knowingly did not bother to tell me about it.
    A nice gesture that he enjoyed thoroughly by knowing I would not touch it until I found out what was going on and would be losing my mind in the process!

    The only issue with his “prank” is that the SXD2 comes with the dovetail saddle built in, the SXP does not, it is ordered separately and nobody caught it.
    The proper dovetail saddle is now in my possession here and a ADM dual Vixen/ Losmandy plate to go on it is on the way.

    Unfortunately due to weather and prior commitments with family I was not able to use the scope or mount in the eight days I was home so it was repacked and awaits for me to return in September.

    I held off posting this as in all the moving around the cameras SD card did not make it back with me and I have been waiting for my roommate and friends to try and find it.
    When it finally shows up I will post the few pictures I took and in September some more of it properly set under the stars where it belongs.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    Nice, Gabrielle! The scope and mount both sound like fine instruments. I'm looking forward to the pictures!

    Nice "prank" by your boss. That was awesome!
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    Pity you did not managed some viewing time with your new scope..

    but it will patiently wait for you to be back
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    One that I will appreciate for years to come I am sure

    Yes I have been patiently(?) waiting to order it and use it only to be cursed by the treacherous cloud gods! (and family) who knows I may just bring it back with me in September
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    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier
    Diagonals: 2" Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2" Zeiss/ Baader prism, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (Photo Version), 2" Orion Amici prism, 2" Stellarvue Dielectric, 2" TeleVue Everbrite
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    Congratulations Gabby on the new scope and mount. You have a great boss there. I look forward to the images both of the scope and the sky....But lets not wish the summer away.
    Clear skies
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    LOL "You get what you pay for" Except in this case you got better than what you paid for! Nice!

    That looks like one very nice mount!

    Cant wait to hear your first light reports with this combo.
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    The SXD2 is rated for 32lbs photographic and the SXP for 35lbs. The big difference is in the bearings, 8 in the SXD2 and 15 in the SXP!
    I know someone doing AP would definitely appreciate that difference and I am hoping it will make for silky smooth tracking while viewing the planets too.
    I wish I had time to use it, the star book has a large library of asterisms I was looking forward to going through.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    It will come even if you have to wait till fall god forbid.

    I actually looked for the weight ratings and couldent find them thanks for mentioning them. It would be a little skimpy for my use but they will be more than adequate for you!
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    Default Re: Unboxing of the Vixen SXD2 mount and Vixen ED115S refractor

    I was told that the SXD2 would handle my 150mm f/8 refractor with no problem even at 30lbs so for a visual load the SXP should barely know its there.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier
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    Should be smooth as glass! Now all you have to do is learn how to align it
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