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Frequently Asked Questions

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Since I was a child, I have been thinking of buying a telescope. I live in the metropolitan area and the sky may be too bright. If possible, I want to see the moon or Saturn's rings without have to go through a difficult procedure.
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Even in the city with a bright sky, you can see decent images of the moon and planets such as Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus. For easy beginning astronomy, an altazimuth mount is recommended. As for the optical tube, if you prefer an ease of use, a refracting type is a recommend. However, if you plan to drive the outskirts of the city for star, a reflecting type optical tube with a large aperture is recommended because it captures nebulas or star clusters that are hard to see in the metropolitan area.
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We are interested in doing astronomical observation with our the family. What type of telescope is suitable for such a group observation?
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An astronomical telescope cannot be used by many people at once. Thus, even though an object image is captured, it will go off the field of view quickly. For example, when a father sets the telescope to point at Saturn and it is in the center of field of view, it may be in the corner of the field of view by the time his child looks at it. Therefore, for observing by a large group of people such as a family, a mount with an auto-guider is recommended. In addition, with a Go-To mount, you can decide which object to observe on the controller screen and select it. A reflecting-type optical tube that obtains a high contrast view in a stable field of view is recommended.
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I want to buy a telescope for my child who is in the 1st grade, but I am not familiar with telescopes and I want to become familiar with the basics of observing. If she shows more interest, I would consider upgrading to a more advanced model.
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We think that a telescope which your child can move freely and operate on her own would be a good choice. A model that is lightweight overall and simple to handle such as the A70L/Porta II or VMC95/Miniporta packages are recommended. The Porta II can hold many other Vixen telescopes to allow you to purchase a larger scope as your interest grows.
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I am not familiar with celestial objects. Is there any model which allows me to observe easily even if I don't have any knowledge about what stars can be found in what location?
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Consider one of the Sphinx mounts for easy Go-To Viewing. The built in star chart shows you the sky and you can select objects to observe from the menus. The Sphinx SXPand Sphinx SXD2 mounts can be paired with most of Vixen’s optical Tubes. Select a package or design one that suits your needs.
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We are looking for an advanced model for use in an educational setting. We are looking for the best performance for our budget.
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If performance level is the first condition, the Sphinx SXP or SXD2 equatorial mounts with the automatic celestial navigation function is recommended. For the optical tube, a refracting type with a large aperture which has an excellent light gathering power and provides a stable field of view and a high-contrast image. Pair your mount with any of our ED Refractors, the AX103, or NA140 for high quality viewing.
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I am a photographer and have been taking photographs of nature for almost 20 years. I would like to start serious astro-photography. Is there any telescope suitable for it?
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There are a few kinds of astro-photographs. Our answer depends on the kind of photography you are interested in taking? The Polarie Star tracker takes wide field images of the night sky and foreground if desired. Use your DSLR, under 7 lbs, camera for great imaging. If you have heavier equipment, the GP photo guider is what you need. This is a GP Mount designed only for astrophotography. If you are interested in doing prime focus photography or eye projection photography by connecting a camera to the telescope, you will need an equatorial mount which will perform auto-tracking of celestial objects. Vixen offers different models of equatorial mounts: The models with auto-guider function are the Sphinx SX2, Sphinx SXD2 and Sphinx SXP equatorial mounts. An equatorial mount with a larger size and weight can take photographs due to the stable and high-precision auto-tracking. For the optical tube, consider an ED refractor, R200SS with a large aperture size for reflecting type, or VC200L designed for photography. .

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