The Vixen VMC110L, a 110 mm (4.33 inch) aperture modified Cassegrain f/9.4 optical tube assembly is intriguing in its own right with interesting features including curved vane Secondary Mirror Spider to reduce diffraction effects, and a correcting meniscus lens just ahead of the Secondary Mirror as its larger cousins the VMC200L and VMC260L incorporate.
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The VMC110L is a small 110mm maksutov made by Vixen. Vixen has put together a great combination of features all in a compact telescope that can be taken as carry-on. They have replaced the traditional large corrector plate of the mak with a lens in front of the secondary. This has the effect of making the telescope quite light for a mak and it eliminates the dew issues. In order to do this, they had to put in a spider, but with curved vanes, there are no diffraction spikes in the image. This telescope comes with a built in flip mirror in the back that allows you to quickly switch between the eyepiece view and a camera, should you attach one to the rear. While this feature isn't revolutionary, the fact that they have t-threads already built into the rear of the scope makes it more user friendly and you won't need any proprietary adapters, just a simple t-ring. The VMC110L comes with a Vixen dovetail that will fit to most modern mounts that use what is becoming the standard to mount scopes. This dovetail can be moved from the side to the bottom of the scope so you can mount it vertically or horizontally. There is also Â¼ 20 screw holes so that the scope can also be mounted directly to a standard tripod. The accessories that come with this telescope are well made and compliment the scope well. The 25mm plossl has good eye relief, adjustable eye relief cup and is optically very good. The scope also comes with a red dot finder, which I find to be much more useful that a traditional small optical finder. By being able to see the whole sky with a red dot over it, you can easily aim the scope exactly where you want it. Traditional finders give you a limited, magnified, upside down backwards image that can be hard for beginners to use. I have had the pleasure of trying out several of these 110s and the only issues I was able to find were collimation and the tightness of the front lens cap. [...] In order to collimate the scope, I had to remove two small rubber plugs on the back and remove the flip mirror knob. Once collimated, the scope gave excellent images. The front cap was tight on most of the 110s that I reviewed, but that can be seen as a good or bad. I had to really pull to get the cap off, but unlike most telescopes out there, I can be assured this lens cap won't fall off. I found the VMC110L an excellent small scope, especially for traveling. Its combination of portability, ease of use and compatibility make it an excellent choice for taking along on trips. It works great as a daytime spotting scope as well as an astronomical instrument. I would recommend this scope to anyone wanting a grab and go in a compact well thought out package.