Optec Focuslynx Complete Kit - Takahashi FT20
This expansive kit is a stellar deal on all the FocusLynx system components needed to make extensive use of it with Takahashi focusers. The FocusLynx Dual-Focus control system is an ideal method of automating and remote controlling your focuser, with a proven track record and years of field experience offering multiple connection methods. FocusLynx is capable of operating two focusers simultaneously. With full ASCOM compliance and multiple connection methods, FocusLynx is the most advanced telescope focus controller available.
The Focus Control Hub
The FocusLynx Focuser Hub offers an easy way to simultaneously and independently control up to two Optec or Starlight focusers through a computer, smartphone, or hand control. Each focuser may be plugged into the hub using standard serial cables. The FocusLynx can then be connected to a computer via serial cable, ethernet, or wireless network. Once connected, are ready to go! You can simply open up any focuser control program or Optec's proprietary FocusLynx Commander control software and you will be able to control each focuser the way you would without the hub. This kit also includes a FocusLynx Hand Controller that can be plugged into the FocusLynx to allow telescope-side control of each focuser.
Additionally, if the hub is connected to a computer via wired or wireless ethernet, the FocusLynx will generate its own control webpage that can be accessed with any web browser or smartphone. Since this page is generated and displayed by the hub itself, once you are connected, there is no further configuration required: just attach your focusers and go!
FocusLynx WiFi Upgrade
This kit includes the Optec FocusLynx WiFi option, eliminating the need for communication wires to the control PC or Tablet. Taking advantage of the 802.11 networking standard, the FocusLynx WiFi option allows true wireless connectivity. Only power need be applied to the FocusLynx hub with this option. With the WiFi module in place, an AdHoc network is created that allows easy communication and integration with any existing 802.11 wireless network, allowing control of the FocusLynx to be accomplished by Optec's iPhone or Android OS apps using the built-in wireless web pages allowing the user to focus through most any smartphone.
FocusLynx FSQ/FT20 Motors
This Kit also includes the QuickSync F20 FocusLynx Motor with built-in clutch mechanisms and temperature sensors, allowing both manual and motorized control with a simple twist of the motor housing. While primarily designed for the FeatherTouch FTF20 series manual focusers, the FT20 can also be used with the FeatherTouch Micro Focuser for SCT's. Not only is installation simple, but full compatibility with a FocusLynx Control Hub ensures that this is an ideal choice for motorizing a Feathertouch Focuser. There is also a QuickSync FSQ20 FocusLynx Motor with built-in clutch mechanisms and temperature sensors, allowing both manual and motorized control with a simple twist of the motor housing. The FSQ20 was designed for the Takahashi MEF Dual-Speed focusers. Not only is installation simple, but full compatibility with a FocusLynx Control Hub ensures that this is an ideal choice for motorizing a Takahashi MEF Dual-Speed focuser.
FocusLynx Second Stepper Control Board
Yes, this Kit includes many useful pieces of equipment that all mesh together into a coherent whole system for your use. As yet another example, take the Optec FocusLynx Second Stepper Control Board. The Optec FocusLynx Second Stepper Control Board is a small circuit board which can be installed inside an existing FocusLynx Hub. It provides the control circuit for a second motorized focuser unit. You can independently control up to two Optec or Starlight focusers through a computer, smartphone, or hand control. Each focuser may be plugged into the hub using standard serial cables. The FocusLynx can then be connected to a computer via serial cable, ethernet, or wireless network (with purchase of the extra FocusLynx Wireless Board accessory). Once connected, are ready to go! The Second Stepper Control Board can be easily installed by the user. Just remove the top lid from the Hub (by removing only four screws) and the Control Board will plug into the Mother Board already located within that box. Note: It is strongly recommended that the installer uses a static grounding strap, in order to prevent ESD (static) damage to the electronics. Optec has a video on their web site which demonstrates how to install this kit.
FocusLynx Hand Controller
Plugging into the Controller Hub, the Hand controller provides an easy, vibration-free method of focusing the telescope when using the FocusLynx Control Hub. It features In and Out buttons, a 2-line display, and quick Syncing capability. All of these features make it a splendid choice for any system where the operator may be at the telescope. The FocusLynx Hand Control plugs into the Hand Controller port on the bottom of the FocusLynx Control Hub using the included telephone handset cord.
This is an exemplary packaged system for use in controlling your focusers. Everything you need to assume direct control of both Takahashi brand focusers and both Optec and Starlight Instruments FeatherTouch focusers. With both WiFi control capabilities and a dependable manual hand controller, this kit is versatile and adaptable to your personal needs and desires. Indeed, versatility is definitely the name of the game with this kit's capacity for controlling two separate focusers at once, wide range of applicable focusers, and general quality.
Manufacturer Product Number: 41211