ASCOM FOCUSER DRIVER

I started with the code from the above website and made the following changes: It has been reported that this driver also works with the RCX except it doesn’t allow access to its unique features. Note about wiring the stepper motor – the stepper I am using is a bipolar stepper. Link to download the driver can be found at the bottom of the page you see when you click the Visit button. Most programs such as MaxIm DL already have the needed focus controls built in. Lunatico’s Seletek Focuser Software and drivers for the Seletek family of controllers. The rotary encoder support was so I could manually focus the telescope.

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I ran the four wires from these two motor ports to the pins of a female DB9 connector. The one downside is that the Robofocus controller is a bit on the expensive side.

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I started with the code from the above website and made the following changes: Feather Touch Focuser 4. I need to try it when I am imaging planets or the Moon as that is where I thought manual control would be most beneficial. I wired one arm of the stepper across the M3 motor port and the other arm across the M4 motor port.

I set it up so one step on the rotary encoder moved the stepper on the focuser by one step. I have been using a Robofocus focus controller for focuseer years now to control a Robofocus geared stepper motor on my various imaging telescopes.

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Unless you need this full-function program or the multiple drivers, use the basic driver listed above. Note about wiring the stepper motor – the stepper I am using is a bipolar stepper. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.

Most programs such as MaxIm DL already have the needed focus controls ofcuser in. This makes it compatible with the cable that came with my Robofocus controller and Focusee can plug my Robofocus stepper motor straight into the box with no problems.

Removed the dependency on the AccelStepper library – I didn’t feel I needed this capability for my geared Robofocus stepper motor. It has been reported that this driver also works with the RCX except it doesn’t allow access to its unique features.

I added support for the TMP36 so I could have a temperature reading from the focuser. Here is a list of the hardware I used: Link to download the driver can be found at the bottom of the page you see when you click the Visit button. I’m still experimenting with this as that seems to give almost too fine of control. Fortunately there have been many individuals who have explored using an Arduino with one of the many low cost stepper controller boards to build a focus controller.

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Arduino ASCOM Focuser

fofuser The rotary encoder support was so I could manually focus the telescope. Micro Focuser all models Drivers for all models of the Micro Focuser line of precision focusers.

Here are the passing results. Lunatico’s Seletek Focuser Software and drivers for the Seletek family foocuser controllers. This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.

This can be used to track when you might need to refocus as the temperature changes. This driver has the ability to create several drivers giving the ability to control multiple focusers on the same system.

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In my case I was most intrigued by this website:. Use this for most applications. Arduino-based Motor Focuser Controller. This meant you just had to program your Arduino board with his code and the official Moonlite ASCOM driver would attach to your Arduino and “just work”. RoboFocus Control Program 5.

Installs a driver for the Astro-Physics series of telescope mounts.