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MicroTouch Autofocuser - Wired


SKU: MTAF
PRICE: 499.00

MicroTouch Autofocuser - Wired Description

The MicroTouch Autofocuser is designed to work with the popular Feathertouch line of focusers from Starlight Instruments. The MicroTouch allows autofocusing of a CCD camera when interfaced with a computer (via USB). Included features also include Temperature Compensation, Digital Readout, and Manual Operation. The MicroTouch works with both regular Feathertouch (Crayford-style or rack-and-pinion) focusers and the Feathertouch SCT MicroFocusers.

Features

  • Automatic focus with ASCOM-compatible software (FocusMax, MaxIm DL, ImagesPlus, etc)
  • Temperature compensation using built-in thermistor
  • All electronics in single hand-controller box -- no separate hub and extra cables
  • Manual control with hand-controller box for use visually or with video cameras/webcams
  • MicroTouch software for configuring system and remote manual operation

Included Items

  • MicroTouch Hand Controller with Digital Readout
  • Stepper Motor Unit*
  • Motor Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Power Supply (choose AC and/or DC when ordering)
  • CD-ROM: MicroTouch control software, hardware drivers, ASCOM Platform, FocusMax software, and operating instructions

The MicroTouch Autofocuser is ASCOM compatible.

* Included motor fits 2" Feathertouch Crayford focusers and Feathertouch SCT MicroFocusers. If you have a 2.5", 3.0", or 3.5" focuser, you will need to choose one of the other motor options below.

Also available is a wireless version of the MicroTouch Autofocuser.


View the instruction manual for this product
Download MicroTouch Control Software (v2.9)
Download Hand Control Firmware Update (v3.8) (Not compatible with first-generation MicroTouch)
Download the 32/64-bit compatible drivers and all necessary install files. Includes installation instructions, ASCOM 6 SP1, FocusMax 3.8.0.0, MicroTouch drivers, MicroTouch control software, etc. 33MB ZIP file.
Download same drivers and install files as above, without ASCOM and FocusMax (for users who already have those programs installed). 6.9MB ZIP file.
FocusMax Star List for HyperStar
Download this handy list of 24 perfect stars for focusing with FocusMax, the MicroTouch, and a HyperStar. Because of the sensitivity of HyperStar, the usual 3rd to 4th magnitude stars for training First Light in FocusMax are too bright. This list gives 5th to 6th magnitude stars, ideally located for northern hemisphere observers in the evening sky each month. Just type in the RA and DEC into your goto scope and you'll easily find the perfect focusing star!

Read the MicroTouch Autofocuser article from Astronomy Technology Today magazine.


Choose power adapter and motor options below.

Power: Choose AC for plugging into a wall outlet. Choose DC for a cigarette-lighter style plug for use with a battery.

Motor: Choose the standard 2.0" motor for SCT MicroFocusers or 2.0" Feathertouch focusers. Choose the 2.5"/2.7"/3.0" motor for 2.5" and 3.0" Feathertouch focusers or Astro-Physics 2.7" retrofits. Choose the 3.5"/4.0" motor for 3.5" Feathertouch focusers or Astro-Physics 4.0" retrofits. Choose the 3.5" Direct Drive for a zero-slip motor for heavy payloads on the 3.5" Feathertouch focuser. Now available are motors to fit Sky-Watcher USA refractors (all current models) and Takahashi FSQ refractors (106mm and 85mm).

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