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As previously mentioned in the SGL11 thread, I will have my lovely Vixen 150ED f9 Apo doublet at the party and it is up for sale. Thia scope is around 22 years old but still in excellent conditions for its age. I have some history for the scope in terms of its now somewhat famous first review which was of this very scope. There are few marks on the objective but it still performs beautifully. At f9 it is very well colour corrected. I have replaced the AstroPhysics single speed R&P focuser with a 3" Baader SteelTrack fitted with a SteelDrive motor unit to reduce vibrations and improve fine focusing. The tube shows signs of wear obviously, and the paintwork has been touched up in places. There are four holes in the tube (now covered) where covering rivets were removed when Mark at Moonraker flocked and collimated the scope for me. He also built a bespoke sliding counter balance system, along with the red anodized back plate to hold the new focuser. Unfortunately I do not have a mount to use the scope on. I was hoping to get one sorted for the party but it has not worked out. I'm hoping to beg a ride on an AZEQ6 ?? Images are of the scope in various guises. It is just the scope, rings, Losmandy dovetail and counter balance system plus Vixen illuminated reticle finder for sale. Kerry has already expressed an interest so it's only fair he has first dibs but please do let me know if you are interested and ask if you have any questions. I'm looking for offers in the region of £2350. Cheers, Stu
I picked this up yesterday from Ed Harrison and managed a very quick first light tonight, dodging clouds all the time. For a relatively long scope it is lightweight and easy to handle. I popped it on my Giro-WR which, with the counterweight bar I couldn't find, will handle it easily for grab and go use. The Vixen is a fine looking 'proper' scope. The objective, which appears to be in a collimateable cell has that classic fluorite look to it, lovely stuff. The focuser is original, and is surprisingly good; very smooth with little or no shift. I have, however ordered a Feathertouch to go on it as I really enjoy the additional control to be had with the dual speed, and just the feel! So, first light? Not too much seen unfortunately, and the seeing was not much to write home about. Star images looked pretty clean and well collimated, I'll test more fully next time out. Vega's tiny secondary was pin sharp, and the Double Double split cleanly. Highlight for me tonight though was the Double Cluster. Often underwhelming from here, it had that lovely diamonds on velvet look to it, with tens of tiny stars just on the limit of visibility beautifully resolved. A fairly inconclusive session all in all apart from the DC, but these scopes have an excellent reputation and it's nice just having the pleasure of owning one. I'm sure it will give me plenty of enjoyable nights observing in future.