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Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub

# 1317500

€ 375.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 315.13

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  • 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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OPTEC FocusLynx Controller Hub

FocusLynx Dual-FocusControl System - Multiple Ways to Connect

Astronomy magazine - 2014 Star Products

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."
Optec Handcontroller

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
Optec FocusLynx Controller - Mutliple Software Clients
    • 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.

Optec Focuser
    • 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.

What's included:

  • 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

Optec FocusLynx Screen

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"

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Manufacturer Optec
SKU (#) 1317500
Net weight (kg) 0.81
EAN Code 4047825032287
Resolution 16-bit controller with 65,535 step range per focuser
Motor bipolar and unipolar stepper motors
Power Input 12VDC univeral power supply (110 to 230VAC input), alternative: Field battery voltage (13.8VDC) with optional automotive cigarette lighter plug
Software ASCOM local server, X2 native drivers for TheSky X
Material 6061 aluminum, anodized black
Mounting Mounting Holes: Four 4-40 x 1/8" depth (reverse side)
Width (mm) 3.2" (81mm)
Height (mm) 1.0" (27mm)
PC Connectivity 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 Accessories optional Second Stepper (plug-in daughter board), WiFi Connection (802.11b/g compatible), Hand Controll (2-button with Digital Read-Out)
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Joachim Dirks 195/07/2021 15/07/202113:49
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Endlich scharfe Sterne
Nach langer Überlegung habe ich mir den Optec Fokuser mit Steuereinheit geleistet und ich kann sagen, ich bin völlig begeistert. Die Montage des Fokuser ist denkbar einfach und das Einrichten der Steuereinheit (im ersten Schritt ohne angeschlossenen Motor) geht auch problemlos. Beide werden sofort von APT erkannt und bereits in der ersten Nacht konnte ich mich bin der einfachen Funktionsweise überzeugen: Den Auszug auf den ungefähren Fokus manuell eingestellt, ein kleiner Dreh an Motor und dieser rastet am Fokussierknopf ein. Dann die Steuereinheit mit APT verbinden und Auto-Fokus starten. 2min später können die Aufnahmen starten. So scharf können die Sterne mit Bahtinov Maske manuell nicht eingestellt werden!

Bildbeschriftungen:
1. Anbau am meinem WO FLT132/925 mit FT3545
2. erfolgreiche Auto Fokus Routine mit APT. Nach 2min alles erledigt:
3. Messier 103, 40min Gesamtbelichtungszeit. leider aus meinem Bortle 6 Garten aufgenommen. Ich hatte mit größeren Schwierigkeiten gerechnet und bin daher nicht in den bayerischen Wald gefahren. Hätte ich aber tun können, so problemlos wie das lief!
4. Messier 14: leider auch nur 40min. Alles Aufnahmen mit einer Lacerta DSPro2600C, ohne Filter.
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