Vixen Sphinx Mount and Star Book Controller

Vixen's Sphinx mount delivers precision tracking and a next-generation controller.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Vixen Sphinx mount
The Sphinx mount provides a sleek, stable, and accurate platform for up to 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of telescope equipment. Vixen’s Star Book controller provides full go-to capability for the Sphinx.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “A telescope mount for the 21st century,” appeared in the November 2005 issue of Astronomy magazine

We amateur astronomers love high-quality equipment that works as advertised. But if the equipment also is good-looking, there’s a higher probability we’ll buy it. Based on these criteria, Vixen’s newest go-to mount — the Sphinx — is a winner.

The Sphinx is a stylish machine with an intriguing control system. The sleek mount conceals its gears and motors and keeps wires out of the way with a well-designed cable-attachment point. A polar-alignment scope housing and slow-motion controls are built in.

But as elegant and fully featured as the mount appears, the Star Book controller commands the most attention. The nerve center for the mount is a tough plastic console sporting 10 buttons, a color screen, and a live star-chart display.

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