Vixen AP Mount with manual fine Adjustment

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The modular AP mount system was specially developed for travel astronomy and can be completely dismantled or expanded with modular add-ons

  • Collapsible travel mount with manual fine adjustment
  • The modular system can be dismantled in a few simple steps
  • Ideal for air travel
  • Built-in slip clutch mechanism
  • Load capacity of up to 6 kg
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Can be upgraded with module for motor operation
  • Dimensions: 263 x 302 x 96 mm / Weight: 3.6 kg
  • Accessories: 1.0 kg counterweight


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Product number: X000176
GTIN/EAN: 4955295399727
Product information "Vixen AP Mount with manual fine Adjustment"
The AP mount provides a secure, stable support for your telescope. Thanks to the slip clutch mechanism, the mount can be adjusted quickly to the target object.

There is a wide range of optional accessories. The ADVANCED POLARIS mount is perfect for both beginners and advanced observers who require a lightweight travel mount.

The AP mount features an ultra-smooth finish without any projecting parts.
Simply place your telescope on the mount and move it to the desired celestial object without having to loosen any clamps!

The slip clutches allow you to adjust the telescope to your target object easily – no more searching for adjustment clamps in the dark! An optional polar meter is available, which enables you to locate the celestial pole when it is hidden by trees or buildings.

The innovative polar finder scope provides a new way to polar align your telescope. Simply align the stars in the crosshair reticle with the same stars in the night sky. Polar alignment is achieved using 3 reference stars. The polar finder is illuminated to facilitate orientation and switches off automatically after 3 minutes to save battery power.

The RA and DEC motor modules are powered by four AA alkaline, Ni-MH or Ni-CD batteries. The RA motor module has a USB Micro-B port for an external power supply. A USB power pack or car charging cable can be used for longer observation sessions.

The STAR BOOK ONE is a multifunctional and intuitive controller that tracks in the RA and DC axis with a range of different speeds. The tracking options are designed for time lapse cameras at a wide range of speeds, including sidereal, lunar and solar rates. The controller also offers many useful functions such as backlash compensation, autoguider port, PEC and a built-in red LED light. The STAR BOOK ONE controller is designed for the AP-SM mount and is an integral part of the RA motor module.

The STAR BOOK ONE controller is not sold separately but is only available with the Motor Module Set!

  • R.A. Worm wheels: 58.4 mm Ø gear wheel with 140 teeth
  • DEC. Worm wheels: 58.4 mm Ø gear wheel with 140 teeth
  • Azimuthal adjustment: Twin adjusting screws
  • Altitude adjustment: Twin adjusting screws
  • Number of ball bearings: 7
  • Polar finder: Optional
  • Motors: Optional
  • Tracking: Manual fine adjustment
  • Counterweight bar: 20 mm

  • AP mount
  • 1.0 kg counterweight
Colour: white
Material: Aluminium, Steel
Mount Type [Telescopes]: German/Equatorial Mount

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Vixen R.A Motor Module with Star Book One Controller
The set consists of the R.A. motor module and the STAR BOOK ONE control. It allows you to equip your manual AP mount with motor-controlled RA tracking.The STARBOOK ONE control features different speeds and is suitable for both the northern and southern hemispheres.Objects are tracked precisely with a motor, meaning there is no need for manual adjustments.The controller has an autoguider port with an ST 4 interface for photography.The R.A. motor module and the STAR BOOK ONE controller are only sold together and are not available separately.FEATURES Gear drive: 73.5 mm Ø, 140 teeth Worm: 11.0 mm Ø brass worm Number of ball bearings: 2 Rotation axis: 45 mm Ø, aluminium Motor: Stepper motor Controller connection: D-SUB 9-pin male Power supply: USB Micro-B (4.4 - 5.26 V)Delivery contentSTARBOOK ONE controllerConnection cableMotor moduleMounting screwsMounting tool

Vixen DEC Motor Module
The DEC motor module from Vixen allows the declination axis to be controlled by a motor in conjunction with the RA motor module #25804. This makes it possible to make fine adjustments without touching the mount. This is essential for astrophotography with longer exposure times and focal lengths.FEATURESMotorised fine adjustments of the DC axis Ideal for astrophotography For retrofitting an AP mountDELIVERY CONTENTMotor moduleHex keyScrews

Vixen AP Clamp Lever
AP clamping lever for the AP mount axesThe friction control mechanism (slip clutch) can be secured in place with the AP clamping lever. FEATURES Clamping lever for use in combination with Vixen AP modules Dimensions: 23 mm x 33 mm x 31 mm Weight: 10 g DELIVERY CONTENT 1x clamping lever

Vixen APP-TL130 Tripod for AP, GPD & SX Mounts
The APP-TL130 tripod is a lightweight, portable tripod for all standard Vixen mounts with a 45 mm support. Compatible tripods include the Vixen HF2, SX, AP and AXJ mounts. The tripod is adjustable in 3 sections and can be retracted to a very small size. Weighing just 3 kg, it is ideal for astronomy trips. FEATURES Leg section: 3x extendable Maximum extended height: 1296 mm Minimum retracted height: 598.4 mm Material: Aluminium Weight: 3.0 kg Maximum height: 1159 mm (height above the ground) Minimum height: 526 mm (height above the ground) WHAT’S INCLUDED Aluminium tripod Adjustment pins for GP2, GPD2, AP and SX mounts

Vixen SXG Half Pillar for GP, AP & SX Mounts
For mounting a GP2, GPD2, SX or AP mount with 45mm base on the SXG or AP tripod. Prevents long telescopic tubes from hitting the mount. FEATURES Suitable for SX, SXD2, SXP, GP2, GPD2, SKYPOD, HF2 GPD and GP mounts with 45mm connectorHeight 207mm Diameter 130mmWeight 1,8 kg SCOPE OF DELIVERY Half PillarAdjustable pivot for GP2, GPD2, AP and SX mounts

Vixen SXG-HAL130 Aluminum Tripod for GP, SX & AP Mounts
High-quality, stable aluminium tripod for a variety of mounts with 45 mm connections. The aluminium profile ensures firm positioning with a minimum amount of vibration. Suitable for GP2, GPD2, AP, SX, SXP, SXP2 and AXJ mounts or similar with 45 mm connections. FEATURES Robust aluminium tripod without mount Suitable for: GP-, SX- & AP mounts Height-adjustable: 81 - 130 cm Weight: 5.5 kg WHAT’S INCLUDED Aluminium tripod Adjustment pins for GP2, GPD2, AP and SX mounts

Vixen polar meter QPL Compass for Polar Star Alignment
This accessory includes a compass with a spirit level and a height scale. The compass helps you to quickly locate the polar star when it is hidden behind trees or a mountain. The compass attaches to the accessory shoe on the Polarie Star Tracker or a device with a camera accessory shoe. FEATURES Compass Oil-filled compass Azimuth dimensions: 1° steps Height adjustment: 5° steps (max. +/- 70°) Markings: marked with luminous paint Spirit level: Built-in spirit level DELIVERY CONTENTS QPL compass

Carry bag for AP mounts
Sturdy case for AP, AP-SM and APZ mounts and individual accessory modules.The outer side is equipped with a reflector strip to improve visibility in the dark.The inside of the case features elastic straps for securing accessories.FEATURES Tailor-made case for AP mountsElastic straps inside case for securing accessoriesSeparate compartments keep the mount separate from the accessoriesThe outer side is equipped with a reflector strip to improve visibility in the darkDELIVERY CONTENTAP carry case

Vixen AP mount base
​​The Vixen AP mount base is used to convert the AP and AP-SM mount to a full APZ altazimuth mount.If you already own an AP or AP-SM mount, the parallactic mounts can be converted into an APZ mount with 8 kg load capacity in just a few steps. Thanks to the modular mounting system, any existing motor modules with controls can also be used. The AP mount base has the same connection thread as your AP mount and can therefore be used on the same tripods.FEATURESAllows the conversion of the AP and AP-SM to the APZ mount Same tripod connection as the AP mounts Allows 8 kg load capacityConverted in a few simple steps SCOPE OF DELIVERYVixen AP mount base Assembly tool

Vixen Polarscope PF-L II for AP & SX Mounts
Vixen’s latest design of polar finder, allows a simple, hassle-free method of polar alignment. The Vixen Polarscope PF-L II for AP & SX mounts has a reticule showing the Pole star (Polaris) and two other stars (Delta UMi and 51 Cep) in their precise positions. By turning the Polarscope you can easily match the reticle with the asterism of these stars in the sky and mechanically adjust your mount’s azimuth and altitude axes to align to the true North Pole. You can then adjust the Polar star to a more precise alignment using the reticule’s year marking (which runs from 2015 to 2040, but in practise can be used much longer after this) . Using this alignment process, with visual reference to the actual stars in the sky, a complicated alignment, using date and time to calculate Polaris offset from the pole is unnecessary. For alignment in the Southern Hemisphere you simply use the Trapezium asterism (Sigma, Chi, Tau and Upsilon Octantis) of the constellation Octans and position the reticule with the trapezium stars aligned to their marked positions. The Polarscope has built-in LED illumination, which is dimmable in many stages, and ensures an automatic shut-off after 2 minutes, saving your battery life. The PFL-II also has an improved edge sharpness, when compared with its predecessor. FEATURES Lighting: LED illumination, with automatic shut-off Power supply: 3v button cell Accuracy: ≤ 3 arc minutes Dimensions: 47 x 55 x 127 mm Weight: 155g Compatibility: Vixen AP, SX, AXJ, AXD Mounts SCOPE OF DELIVERY PF-L II Allen key Battery CR2032 3v

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This lightweight 5'' Newton is the perfect entry-level telescope. Thanks to its great light collecting ability, it produces bright and sharp images and offers outstanding value for money. As well as being ideally suited for observing the moon and the planets, it can also be used to observe other objects such as star clusters, nebulae or other galaxies. The T2 thread on the focuser can be used to connect a DSLR camera in combination with an optional T2 ring. FEATURES Newton reflector telescope with 130 mm diameter Lightweight design and very portable 31.7 mm (1.25’’) connection and 42 mm T-thread Focal length: 650 mm Aperture ratio: f/5 Limiting magnitude: 12.3 Weight: 5.3 kg DELIVERY CONTENT R130Sf telescope 6x24 finder scope 2 Plössl eyepieces (20 mm and 6.3 mm) Dovetail adapter 2 tube clamps

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Vixen adjustment shaft, 300 mm, flexible
300 mm adjustment shaft with flexible design for comfortable observations with the Porta II and the Mini Porta.The large adjustment knobs allow you to make smooth, fine adjustments to the axles.Also compatible with a wide range of other mounts from other manufacturers.FEATURESComfortable tracking by handLarge adjustment knobs for fine tuningDesigned for wide range of mountsLength: 300 mmDELIVERY CONTENT300 mm adjustment shaft

Vixen Fine Adjustment Knob for AP, GP2 and GPD2 Mounts
The control knob is used together with the manual AP fine adjustment module for making fine adjustments to the R.A. and DEC.The control knob is simply attached to the worm shaft and stays in place automatically.Can be used on the GP, GPDX, GP2, GPD, Porta II, Mobile Porta and AP mount system. FEATURESCompatible with AP, GP, Porta and GPD mountsDimensions: Diameter: 40x51 mmWeight: 18 gDELIVERY CONTENTVixen fine adjustment knob


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