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  1. Having stopped UK distribution of Vixen in January 2020, I thought we'd cleared out all the stock and spare parts and sent to Bresser. However, over the Xmas break I found a bag of Vixen logo decals. Small quantity of 115mm wide (2 pairs) Quantity of 95mm wide (12 pairs) These were ordered for scope refurb projects and for use on 3rd party carry cases (such as this accessory/eyepiece case - AL20 Compact Binocular & Monocular Case | Opticron) If anyone has a project that needs decals, a Vixen scope that needs a new set or has a case that they'd like to "brand up", I'd b
  2. Just to add to the information here, I've attached the optical path diagrams for AX103S. HTH Cheers, Pete AX103S_Optical_Path_with_Back_Focus.pdf
  3. Not sure that is a Vixen - that V logo is not something I've seen used by them and the Vixen erect image diagonal does/did not have an undercut on the nosepiece nor the beveled top edges on the body. Cheers, Pete
  4. The SB One doesn't have the functionality to be linked to a PC and if you purchased the SX2 and upgraded to the SB Ten you'd probably pay nearly as much as you would for an SXD2 which has the SB Ten. To a great extent, the SB Ten becomes rendundant if you want PC control of the mount - it simply acts as an expensive interface between the mount and the computer/network! The SB Ten with the optional Advanced Function Unit was intended to remove the need for a PC for astrophotography by offering control of the camera shutter, guiding etc all on the controller. Hope that helps.
  5. The process is almost but not quite as shown in Steve's guide. These pics and instructions might help you identify which bits need tweaking to reset the dioptre adjustment but if you need some help call our service department on 01582 726522, option 1. Incidentally those binos were covered by a 30 year, transferrable warranty so you will probably have some element of that still remaining. Cheers, Pete Sales Manager, Opticron wp obs dioptre adjustment.pdf
  6. That is a female thread (internal) - external threads are male. The Baader adaptor that you posted the link to is what you need. There used to be Vixen adaptor but it has been discontinued. Cheers, Pete
  7. We had one in our Vixen spares stock which was all sent to Bresser in Germany at the start of the year when they took over the European distribution. Might be worth contacting them to see if they still have it. Cheers, Pete
  8. The bolt is M10x1.5mm and the standard length is 55mm - the adaptor plate I mentioned has a much longer bolt. If you already have a Vixen tripod for the SX, the bolt that's in the canopy can be removed. I have a couple of bolts from the old HAL130 tripod if you want another one - PM me your address and I'll post one to you. Cheers, Pete
  9. No worries Paul - we still have all the knowledge even if we don't have the sales! The dimensions of the footing and for the top plate of the half pillar/tripod are shown on page 99 of this manual for the newer SXD2: https://www.vixenoptics.co.uk/PDFs/User Guides/SXD2_User_Guide.pdf Cheers, Pete
  10. The SX mounts always had the 45mm footing - it was the GP2 and GPD2 that changed from 60mm to 45mm. The tripods changed in late 2011 - we received our first shipment in April 2012.
  11. If it has a 60mm aperture on the top, then it could be that all you'd need is a 60mm to 45mm reducer: https://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=611&sprache=english But there is the added complication of the azimuth pin positioning! A (massively convoluted) way around that would be to get two 60-45mm reducer rings and one of the Vixen 45mm to 60mm adaptor plates which has a removable/movable azimuth pin - item 75169 here: https://www.vixenoptics.co.uk/Pages/connection_specifications.html
  12. The dovetail that was supplied with the later accessory plates is Vixen's part number 2662: https://www.vixenoptics.com/Vixen-Universal-Slide-Bar-p/2662.htm I assume it's silver plated rather than brushed aluminium because even for Vixen, $90 for a slide bar is lot of money As AdeKing mentions above, it attaches to the 1/4" threaded holes arranged the central longest axis of the plate. The old green plates had a different coloured dovetail - you can see the centre of it and how the bolts attach it in the Company 7 listing image - but the principle is the same. HTH
  13. Optics Planet's website is not a particularly reliable source of information about whether something is discontinued - they "discontinued" nearly all Opticron models by accident at one point last year! We have had no notification that the SLV or SSW eyepieces will be discontinued. There is usually a "last chance" offer made by Vixen Japan when they discontinue a range of eyepieces. The offers that FLO have are for the last of our stock which we wanted to clear in the most efficient manner. HTH Cheers, Pete Sales and Marketing Manager - Opticron
  14. Have you ever changed the internal battery on the Skysensor? It could be that it has come to the end of its life and that's why you're seeing the odd behaviour.
  15. https://www.celestron.com/blogs/press-releases/celestron-reinvents-sky-exploration-for-novices-and-introduces-robust-sky-mapping-solution https://www.celestron.com/collections/starsense-explorer-smartphone-app-enabled-telescopes
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