Optec

Digital, temperature compensating focusing units from OPTEC

Optec. Inc., is an american company located in Lowell, Michigan, which designs and manufactures intelligent accessories for amateur astronomy since 1979.

In collaboration with Starlight Instruments, digital temperature compensating focusing units and accessories / software have been developed to meet all the requirements of the latest technology and precision. A wireless software control is available via apps for tablet and smartphone. The focusers are fully ASCOM compatible.

Optec's roots are founded strongly in astronomical research instrumentation with products such as the SSP line of photometers, the patented TCF temperature compensating focuser and the recent addition of the Pyxis LE, a high precision, low-profile camera field rotator.

Read more about the Optec Motorfocuser program at Baader Planetarium.

Please find an overview of the products we are offering in the Optec motorfocuser program here: Optec price list (pdf)

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  1.   Motoreinheit FT40

    Optec Motorunits FT

    € 385.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 323.53
    • Optec QuickSync FT digital motors for the Feathertouch family of manual focusers with an improved gear engagement system
    • With built-in clutch mechanism and temperature sensor allows both manual and motorized control with a simple twist of the motor housing
    • three versions are availble: Motorunit FT20, FT30, FT40
    • Attention: (#1317500) Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub is necessary for operating and must be ordered separately (# 131 7500)
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  2.   Optec TCF - Lynx 3" and 2" focuser
    From: € 975.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 819.33
    • TCF - Lynx Series, temperature compensating 2" and 3" Crayford focuser including separate on-cable temperature sensor
    • Ideal for applications which require exact focus such as CCD imaging of film astrophotography
    • provides excellent resolution and ample focus travel for computer auto focusing
    • incl. Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub, optional the Optec Handcontrol for NON-Software controlled focusing can be attached
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  3.   Optec Motorunit  TEC

    # 1317530

    € 430.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 361.34
    • DirectSync TEC system is an aftermarket add-on for TEC 3.5" focusers (doesn't fit 2,5" OAZ of the 110 FL)
    • Includes the DirectSync digital motor with built-in temperature sensor, coupled with the Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub, DirectSync can be used in both manual and automatic focusing modes
    • Can achieve greater positional repeatability and carry imaging camera packages in excess of 12kg (27-lbs)
    • Attention: (#1317500) Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub is necessary for operating and must be ordered separately (# 131 7500)
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  4.   Optec Motorunit FSQ

    # 1317535

    € 385.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 323.53
    • QuickSync FSQ Motor for Takahashi FSQ Dual-Speed MEF Focusers with full compatiblity to Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub
    • With built-in clutch mechanism and temperature sensor allows both manual and motorized control with a simple twist of the motor housing
    • Compatible with Takahashi FS series with MEF focuser, Takahashi FSQ-85ED, FSQ-106ED, Takahashi TOA-130, TOA-150,0 and Takahashi TSA series with MEF focuser
    • Attention: (#1317500) Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub is necessary for operating and must be ordered separately (# 131 7500)
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  5.   Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub

    # 1317500

    € 375.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 315.13
    • Capable of operating two focusers simultaneously and full ASCOM compliance
    • using Optec's DirectSync, QuickSync or Starlight Instrument's Handy Stepper Motor, FocusLynx can control the TEC, Takahashi, FeatherTouch and other manual focusers with step counting circuitry
    • Includes communication ports for Serial and USB (using Optec's USB/Serial cable) and wired Ethernet Network protocols as standard. An optional WiFi board and antenna can be added.
    • Focuser 1 and Focuser 2 ports are available at the top of the FocusLynx hub with 12VDC Power and Network. Optional Hand Control available at the bottom
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  6.   Optec Bipolar Stepper Driver Board

    # 1317505

    € 35.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 29.41
    • optional FocusLynx Second Stepper Board for Dual-Focus Control
    • Converts the standard Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub into a Dual-Focus Controller
    • Features an easy-to-install board with a double row connector
    • Pushes directly into the main FocusLynx control board
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  7.   RASA Motorfocuser Set

    # 1317516

    € 795.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 668.07
    • Complete Set including Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub and QuickSync FT motor Unit FT20
    • Fitting for Celestron RASA Astrographs. The RASA motor unit can also be used on all Celestron SC telescopes, if they have been retrofitted with a 1:10 focus reduction by Feathertouch
    • Temperature sensor is mounted ready-to-use inside of the motor housing
    • incl. manual, standard Cat-5e or Cat-6 (6-ft. length included) and 12VDC 1.25A power supply
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  8.   Optec FocusLynx External Temperature Probe-Kit

    # 1317508

    € 110.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 92.44
    • Precision Temperature Probe with 6-pin DIN connector
    • For users of the original Microtouch motors which do not include an on-board temperature, the External Temperature Probe Kit can provide the sensor for Temperature Compensation (TC) which would not otherwise be available.
    • Includes Splitter box with internal electronic noise filter, Thermal foam pad for probe mounting to OTA,
    • and Velcro cinch-strap for tripod leg mount of Splitter Box
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  9.   Optec WiFi 802.11b/g Wireless Network Option

    # 1317506

    € 190.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 159.66
    • WiFi Option can be added to any existing FocusLynx or Gemini system at any time
    • With the WiFi Option in place, an Ad-Hoc network is created by the wireless module that allows easy communication and integration into any existing 802.11b/g wireless network.
    • Apple iPhone and Android FocusLynx App for WiFi are availabe on www.optecinc.com
    • incl. external antenna kit, two 4-40 x 0.25" pan head mounting screws and 3/32" allen key
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  10.   Optec FocusLynx Hand Control

    # 1317510

    € 195.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 163.87
    • 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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  11.   Optec Universal Mounting Bracket

    # 1317507

    € 40.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 33.61
    • Universal Mounting Bracket Kit allows an easy way to permanently mount your FocusLynx Controller Hub
    • Is screwed directly to the back of the Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub and allows easy attachment to almost any mount
    • Anodized black, weight 1.8 oz (50 g), Length 4.9" (124mm), Width: 4.7" (120mm), Thickness 0.1" (2.5mm)
    • incl. mounting holes (clearance for 1/4-20) and four 4-40 flathead screws for connection to FocusLynx
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  12.   Gemini 3.75" Focuser/Rotator

    # 1317200

    € 4,020.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 3,378.15
    • Optec's heavy duty combination rotator and focuser for OTA's with limited backfocus incl. Gemini Controller Hub
    • Can be controlled through serial, USB, wired Ethernet and 802.11b WiFi networks
    • Can easily handle 10 kg (22 lbs) with Optec 4300 DM standard dovetail mounting system
    • Features two stepper motors with rotation and focus in one compact device. At only 2-1/4" thickness and 1/2-inch of travel, the Gemini will fit telescopes and long camera packages that previously could not be supported
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  13.   Optec Perseus 4 Port Instrument Changer

    # 1317300

    € 4,020.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 3,378.15
    • Optec's 4-Port Instrument Manifold incl. 3x 2" Port and 1x 3" Port
    • Allows the remote observatory user the ability to remotely select any of four instrument packages attached to their telescope.
    • The embedded circuit has a single push button interface for use at the telescope and an RS232 DB9 interface for remote control
    • LED indicators show the currently selected instrument
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  14.   Pyxis Instrument Rotator

    # 1317100

    € 2,295.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 1,928.57
    • Optec's Pyxis Camera Field Rotator with 3" of clear aperature and Optec 3600 dovetail mount
    • Designed to hold large instrument packages without any flex or wobble
    • With a resolution of 0.01875 degrees per step, rotation of the central tube or derotation of long-exposure Alt-Az images will pose no problem
    • Can be controlled by a PC computer running the Optec PYXIS.exe control software or third party compatible software. Manual control is not possible
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  15.   Optec 3-inch to PlaneWave SecureFit adapter

    # 1317106

    € 109.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 91.60
    • 3" Drawtube Adapter To PlaneWave SecureFit CCD Spacer
    • bolts directly onto PlaneWave camera systems with 12.5" 4-bolt patterns
    • presents an OPTEC-3000 dovetail to attach to any product with an OPTEC-3000 receiver
    • Telescope Side Connection: OPTEC-3000 Dovetail
    • Camera Side Connection: PlaneWave 12.5" Secure Fit
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  16.   Optec 2400DM Adapter to mount 2" TCF onto C11/C14

    # 1317551

    € 86.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 72.27
    • Celestron 3" thread to OPTEC-2400 Telescope Mount
    • The Celestron 3" mount screws directly onto the larger 3" diameter male thread of the Celestron C11 and C14 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescopes
    • Consumes 2,5 mm of back-focus
    • Presents the OPTEC-2400 dovetail for attachment of any device with an OPTEC-2400 receiver
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  17.   Optec 3600DM Adapter to mount onto 3,5" Hedrick Focuser

    # 1317105

    € 109.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 91.60
    • to mount onto 3,5" Hedrick Focuser for attaching the Pyxis 3-inch camera field rotator
    • bolts directly to the SecureFit mounts for the 14, 17, 20, and 24-inch CDK scopes
    • consumes only 6 mm of back-focus
    • presents the OPTEC-3600 dovetail for attachment of any device with an OPTEC-3600 receiver
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  18.   Optec 3600DM Adapter to mount 3" TCF onto C11/C14

    # 1317556

    € 109.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 91.60
    • The Celestron 3" mount screws directly onto the large 3" diameter rear cell thread of the Celestron C11 and C14 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescopes
    • The adapter effectively provides additional back-focus by about 6.6mm
    • presents the OPTEC-3600 dovetail for attachment of any device with an OPTEC-3600 receiver
    • Telescope Side Connection: Celestron 3,3" female thread
    • Camera Side Connection: OPTEC-3600 male dovetail
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  19.   Optec 4300DM Adapter to mount onto Planewave Telescope CDK 14"-24"

    # 1317205

    € 145.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 121.85
    • PlaneWave CDK to male OPTEC-4300 Dovetail Mount
    • to mount onto Planewave Telescope CDK 14"-24"
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  20.   Adapter to connect Robofocus to Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub

    # 1317696

    € 35.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 29.41
    • Connector to attach Robo-Focus motor onto FocusLynx Controller Hub
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