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Vixen Optics now produces the VMC260L ($3,599), a 260-millimeter (101/4-inch) Cassegrain tube assembly ideal for high-magnification observing and photography. Its unique optical design utilizes a subaperture meniscus corrector lens in front of the secondary mirror to produce a large imaging field free from optical aberrations at f/11.5. The design also avoids the long cooldown times associated with closed-tube catadioptrics. The telescope comes with a 7 x 50 finderscope, 2-inch focuser, and dovetail plate compatible with any Vixen or similar mounts.

* Vixen Optics, 1010 Calle Cordillera, Suite 106, San Clemente, CA 92673; 949-429-6363; www.vixenoptics.com

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Title Annotation:new product showcase; Vixen Optics' VMC260L
Publication:Sky & Telescope
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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