ASCOM FOCUSER DRIVER

Arduino-based Motor Focuser Controller. Installs a driver for the Astro-Physics series of telescope mounts. This makes it compatible with the cable that came with my Robofocus controller and I can plug my Robofocus stepper motor straight into the box with no problems. I have been using a Robofocus focus controller for many years now to control a Robofocus geared stepper motor on my various imaging telescopes. I added support for the TMP36 so I could have a temperature reading from the focuser. Micro Focuser all models Drivers for all models of the Micro Focuser line of precision focusers.

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RoboFocus Control Program 5. This fouser be used to track when you might need to refocus as the temperature changes. The rotary encoder support was so I could manually focus the telescope.

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Arduino-based Motor Focuser Controller. I started with the code from the above website and made the following changes: Removed the dependency on the AccelStepper library – I didn’t feel I needed foduser capability for my geared Robofocus stepper motor. I set it up so one step on the rotary encoder moved the stepper on the focuser by one step.

I added support for the TMP36 so I could have a temperature reading from the focuser. This driver has the ability to create several drivers giving the ability ascok control multiple focusers on the same system.

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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. This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.

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Use this for most applications. Micro Focuser all models Fochser for all models of the Micro Focuser line of precision focusers. In my case I was most intrigued by this website:. 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”.

I wired one arm of the stepper across the M3 motor port and the other arm across the M4 motor port. Feather Touch Awcom 4. I have been using a Robofocus focus controller for many years now to control a Robofocus geared stepper motor on my various imaging telescopes. 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. This driver provides both telescope and focuser interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs.

Installs a driver for the Astro-Physics series of telescope mounts. Unless you need this full-function program or the multiple drivers, use the basic driver listed above.

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Arduino ASCOM Focuser

I’m still experimenting with this as that seems to give almost too fine of control. Here are the passing results. Lunatico’s Seletek Focuser Software and axcom for the Seletek family of controllers. This makes it compatible with the cable that came with my Robofocus controller and I can plug my Robofocus stepper motor straight into the box with no problems.

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.

Most programs such as MaxIm DL already have the needed focus controls built in. The one downside is that the Robofocus controller is a bit on the expensive side.

Link to download the driver can be found at the bottom of the page you see when you click the Visit button. Here is a list of the hardware I used: I ran the four wires from these two motor ports to the pins of a female DB9 connector.