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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Telescope - Refractor > Classified #173295

For Sale: VX120 OTA - Sale Pending - Thanks, Joe.

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I have a beautiful Vixen 120mm Neo Achromat OTA for sale. This a very well crafted Japanese refractor, NOT to be confused with any of the Chinese 120mm achromats out there. My unit has a small scratch on the tube itself, which I am more than happy to repair with matching paint before I ship it.

This telescope has an f ratio of 6.7, making it ideal for astrophotography. It has two sets of doublets - the Petzval design of the TeleVue Genesis/101/NP. Even though its aperture is almost 5", and even with its relatively fast optics, it delivers the color correction of fine achromats of f ratios of 12-15. See Joe Celmer's page for a sample of what this scope can do to 35mm film (can't include URL on the ad, but try Google). While you are there, click on both the "astrophotography" and the "hardware" links. Check out Celmer's own review, as well as that of Ed Ting's (use the link in Joe's review) and the Italian Astronomy magazine's under Joe's review as well.

I have personally pushed this telescope to 336X on Saturn, with no image break down and no color that I could see from my suburban skies. Jupiter does show some, but I just enjoyed an otherwise fantastic, sharp, crisp view. By way of reference, some reviwers indicate that it has less color than a C102, any of the Syntas (CR150, etc.)and a Tele Vue Pronto. Deep sky can be breathtaking for its unobstructed aperture. See also Excelsis for additional user reviews.

Along with the OTA, I will include a matching set of Vixen tube rings, matching 7X50 finder with bracket, the original equipment 1.25" diagonal, and a Vixen 2" visual back.

I don't know about the gentleman that posted an ad for a bare VX120 OTA in Astromart yesterday (for over $1,000.00. Apparently the ad was withdrawn) but I am selling mine for $850 shipped to the lower 48. Orion sold the bare OTA for $1,400.00. I will try to post pictures tomorrow. Selling it to finance another project.


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