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OPTEC FocusLynx Controller Hub
FocusLynx Dual-FocusControl System - Multiple Ways to Connect
The FocusLynx Controller Hub acts as the central controller to link one or two focusers to any control PC.
FocusLynx was presented with a Star Products award for Astronomy Magazine's fifth annual event in 2014.
The official award reads, "Advanced astrophotographers appreciate the precise focusing control offered by the FocusLynx Focuser Hub. With this product in place, you can adjust up to two Optec or Starlight focusers simultaneously and independently via a computer, smartphone, or optional hand controller."
The Focus Lynx Controller Hub provides
- communication ports for Serial and USB (using Optec's USB/Serial cable)
- wired Ethernet Network protocols as standard
- Focuser 1 and Focuser 2 ports are available at the top of the FocusLynx hub with 12VDC Power and Network
- optional Hand Control, and Serial connection ports available at the bottom
- optional WiFi board and antenna can be added and installed at any time
- optional aluminum mounting plate makes it easy to mount the FocusLynx Hub to any telescope pier or mount
- optional second stepper controller
- Multiple Software Clients
Following the ASCOM Local Server model, Optec's FocusLynx Commander software allows multiple clients to connect simultaneously to the FocusLynx hub. Additionally, embedded webservers in the wired Ethernet and WiFi connections allow FocusLynx to generate a control interface accessible through any web browser or smartphone. Free Android and iPhone applications search the local network and load the interactive webpages. Because this page is generated and displayed by the hub itself, once you are connected, there is no further configuration required.
Any ASCOM client, Mac users of TheSky X or Equinox, or any web browser can be used to control either or both focusers attached to the FocusLynx hub.
- Multiple Focusers to Control
The FocusLynx Control Hub can be used with a variety of focusers and focus motor add-ons. Using Optec's DirectSync, QuickSync or Starlight Instrument's Handy Stepper Motor, FocusLynx can also control the TEC, Takahashi, FeatherTouch, Stellarvue, and other manual focusers with step counting circuitry to function as an ASCOM absolute focuser. Special cables can be used to control most unipolar motors including the MicroTouch and Robo-Focus motors. The optional second stepper daughter board allows use of the Focuser 2 port to control a second focuser of any type.
Read more detailed informaton about the Optec Motorfocucer Programm by Baader Planetarium here.
- Optec FocusLynx Control Hub
- Optec USB/Serial communications cable, 6-ft. length
- CAT-5e/CAT-6 Ethernet cable, 6-ft. length
- 12VDC 1.25A power supply - 110-240VAC input
- UL/CSA compliant wall plug cord
Software and Driver Download
Visit the FocusLynx Commander download page from Optec for the latest updates and ASCOM driver, FocusLynx Commander control software and additional resources.
If you have any further questions, please send us an email to kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de.
Read more detailed informaton about the Optec Motorfoucer Programm by Baader Planetarium here.
Please note the additional details on the Tab "Downloads"
|Net weight (kg)
|16-bit controller with 65,535 step range per focuser
|bipolar and unipolar stepper motors
|12VDC univeral power supply (110 to 230VAC input), alternative: Field battery voltage (13.8VDC) with optional automotive cigarette lighter plug
|ASCOM local server, X2 native drivers for TheSky X
|6061 aluminum, anodized black
|Mounting Holes: Four 4-40 x 1/8" depth (reverse side)
|USB/Serial, Ethernet, or optional 802.11 WiFi
|Connection to FocusLynx
|Focuser 1: RJ45 socket for standard Cat-5e/Cat-6 to focuser, Focuser 2: Optional second stepper board for RJ45 socket, Power: 12VDC input, 2.5 x 5.5mm plug, center pin positive, Network: Standard RJ45 Ethernet socket,Hand Controller: RJ22 socket for stan
|optional Second Stepper (plug-in daughter board), WiFi Connection (802.11b/g compatible), Hand Controll (2-button with Digital Read-Out)