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Optec FocusLynx Hand Control

# 1317510

€ 199.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 167.23

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  • Hand Control with Digital Read-Outer
  • Provides an easy, vibration-free method of focusing the telescope when using the Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub
  • Includes an electronic Fine Focus Knob for greater control and tactile feedback while using eyepieces at the telescope
  • Featuring IN, OUT and MODE buttons, a 2-line display and Quick Sync synchronization capability

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OPTEC FocusLynx Hand Control

The Hand Control provides an easy, vibration-free method of focusing the telescope when using the FocusLynx Control Hub. Featuring IN and OUT buttons, a 2-line display, and Quick Sync synchronization capability. The hand controller is the simplest and cheapest way of controlling a motorized focusing unit.

The FocusLynx Hand Control includes an electronic Fine Focus Knob for greater control and tactile feedback while using eyepieces at the telescope. An embedded rotary encoder switch allows one-hand fine focus control while using an eyepiece. No need to move your eye away from the eyepiece - with this improvement the FocusLynx hand control provides simple, intuitive and precise control of the focus motor.

The FocusLynx Hand Control plugs into the Hand Controller port on the bottom of the FocusLynx Control Hub using the included telephone handset cord.

If you have any further questions, please send us an email to kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de.

More detailed informaton about the Optec Motorfocuser Programm by Baader Planetarium you can finde here.

Please note the additional details on the Tab "Downloads"


Additional Information

Manufacturer Optec
SKU (#) 1317510
Net weight (kg) 0.33
EAN Code 4047825032317
Software V1.2.5 upgradeable with replacement 28-pin PIC chip
Material 6061 aluminum, anodized black
Mounting Stainless Steel hanging hook included
Width (mm) 3.2" (81.4mm)
Thickness (mm) 0.9" (22.7mm)
Communications SPI to FocusLynx Hub via MAX232 chip
Encoder Rotary encoder with 1X, 10X, and 100X speeds
Recommended Cable Telephone Handset Cable (25-ft. and 6-ft. lengths included)
Connection to FocusLynx RJ22 plug labeled "Hand Controller"

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si6pack 127/05/2022 08/05/202212:44
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Optec Hand Control
Being mainly involved in deep sky imaging with automatic focus control, I somewhat lost the feeling for visual observing objects of our solar system. Therefore, I purchased a highly portable Alt/Az mount for my visual gear. All refractors are equipped with Feather Touch focusers and make use of Optec’s FocusBoss II, which can drive all my focus motors.

Despite of the fact that focusing by hand is easy with the above-mentioned focusers, a relaxed sitting position during planet observation - imho essential for satisfying observation results - and focusing in parallel is sometimes cumbersome.

Consequently, I decided to purchase the FocusLynx Hand Control which is a perfect fit to my FocusBoss hub and is a relief for acrobatic focuser handling during observing.

After ordering the hand control at Baader Planetarium, it arrived already next day. I was expecting a plastic gimmick and was really surprised: The aluminium housing feels extremely premium, the finish is perfect.

I immediately connected the hand control to the hub with different focus motors attached – all motors worked perfectly after setting the correct values in the hub software (the software offers the most common motor types).

With a computer attached to the hub, I computer-synched the motors at different positions, which was immediately reflected in the hand control display (this hold also true for and vice-versa synching).

De-connecting and re-connecting the hand control works without any flaw, parallel use (hub attached to hand control and computer in parallel) is void of any issues.

Focusing can be achieved using the turning knob or the “in” and “out” push buttons – I personally preferred the old-fashioned push buttons (the buttons behave in an accelerating manner when holding them down).

By pressing the turning knob down, focusing speed is toggled between 1x -> 10x -> 100x speed (1x = single step resolution, 10x = ten step movement with each encoder tic, and 100x for high speed and longer travel moves), a nice feature!

The top left button is the “mode” button, used to cycle between the “firmware information screen”, “focuser 1”, “focuser 2” and the “home/sync” focuser screens.

The focuser screen will display the focuser nickname (to be set in the hub software), the current position in steps and temperature (if a temperature probe is attached). Using my Optec QuickSync focus motor with an internal temperature probe confirmed the expected display read-out.

And here comes the major downside of the hand control – obviously the hand control display was designed for nighttime use – during daytime (solar observing), the display is NOT readable. It would be great if Optec could add a dimming function to this hand control, then it would be perfect for me.

The hand control comes with two standard coiled telephone handset cables (long and short) which attach to the RJ22 socket on the bottom of the hand controller – a nice feature for everybody who prefers to tailor-crimp his/her own cables.

In summary, I am very delighted with this hand control and can really recommend its purchase and use.
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Harald Bardennagen 243/08/2020 31/08/202014:21
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Robust und praxisgerecht
Der Handcontroller ist robust und schwer in Metall ausgeführt, das Display ist rot hinterleuchtet und blendet nicht - so soll es sein!
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