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New electronic focuser option for Celestron and Meade SCTs arrive
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New electronic focuser option for Celestron and Meade SCTs arrive

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New electronic focuser option for Celestron and Meade SCTs arrive


Saturday, June 8, 2024

Richard Harris Richard Harris

WiFi-nFOCUS is a computerized motor focusing system for Celestron and Meade SCT telescopes, operable via WiFi from PCs, tablets, and smartphones. It offers temperature compensation, modular design, and supports advanced autofocus software, enhancing precise telescope focusing.

The WiFi-nFOCUS from Rigel Systems is a computerized motor focusing system designed for Celestron and Meade SCT telescopes. It can be operated from PCs, tablets, and smartphones using WiFi and is fully ASCOM compliant, ensuring compatibility with popular focus control programs. The system includes a temperature compensation feature with a dedicated sensor.

Measuring approximately 1.5 inches wide by 4 inches long and 0.5 inches thick, the WiFi-nFOCUS is powered via USB or a 12V battery. The gear-coupled motor prevents binding of the focuser shaft and provides 4300 steps per revolution, supporting focusing speeds of up to 300 degrees per second. The motor weighs 160 grams and does not interfere with the mount at high altitudes or declinations.

Introducing WiFi-nFOCUS: New electronic focuser option for Celestron and Meade SCTs arrive

Kits are available for Celestron models made since 2006, and for pre-2006 models. Meade kits fit their full range of sizes and models. The WiFi-nFOCUS is modular, allowing users to purchase only the components needed. The temperature sensor has 0.1-degree Celsius resolution and can be attached to the telescope for accurate ambient temperature measurements.

Included in the package are the WiFi-nFOCUS unit, USB PC cable, focus motor cable, 12V DC wall adapter cable, focus motor, bracket, gear kit, and all necessary hardware. The motor can be declutched for manual focusing, and the system supports standalone operation via WiFi from smartphones or tablets.

Since 2010, the WiFi-nFOCUS has been installed in over 1,000 systems and is compatible with advanced autofocus software, including ASCOM and INDI drivers. The modular design allows for easy repair or replacement of components.

Whats included

What's included

  • wifi-nFOCUS
  • USB PC cable
  • Focus motor cable
  • 12V DC wall adapter cable to power the Focus motor
  • Focus motor + bracket & gear kit and all hardware
  • Instructions
  • Temperature Sensor
     
Features

Features

  • Design: MODULAR - Buy just the components you need. Affordable upgrade path to more Wifi-nFOCUS features and online firmware improvements. Unlike all-in-one boxes, Modular design provides easy repair or replacement of components.
  • Maturity: Since 2010 with over 1000 installs.  Fully checked out for compatibility with the most advanced Autofocus software, including ASCOM and INDI drivers.
  • Step resolution: Gear coupling of motor to focus shaft provides the equivalent of 4300 steps per revolution
  • Max focus knob totation speed: Very FAST >300 deg/sec
  • 12V power for stepper: usb to 12V power cable included FREE for use with any spare USB phone wall charger or powered USB hub to supply 12V DC for the stepper.
  • Bracket kits & gear ease of installation: Tailored to Celestron focusers for ease of attatchment, each kit contains all the parts needed for each particular focuser. Standard Celestron kit fits all 6, 8, 9.25, 11, 14 inch telescopes made since 2006.
  • Adding more scopes: User can add just a bracket and gear kit ($70) to a different SCT and move the focus motor or add bracket and motor ($100) and just swap the wifi-nFOCUS between them.
  • Temp sensor: Included FREE   with full controller/stepper package, has its own dedicated port. 0.1 degree C resolution per measurement
  • Manual focusing with focuser knobs: Gear coupled motor easily declutched for manual focusing using focus knob.
  • Hand controller focusing: Integrated two speed push buttons with independent manual speed control. Position kept in sync whether moved by  PC or push buttons.
  • Wifi  focusing: Wifi provides full focusing control from Android or Apple phones and tablets using web browser.  Position synchronized whether changed by  PC, wifi web browser or integrated push buttons.
  • Standalone operation: Focus using wifi phone or integrated push buttons without PC
  • Added weight on telescope: Mere 160 grams
  • Interference with Mount at high elevations: NONE AT ALL!




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