Arduino-based Motor Focuser Controller. This driver has the ability to create several drivers giving the ability to control multiple focusers on the same system. This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. I have been using a Robofocus focus controller for many years now to control a Robofocus geared stepper motor on my various imaging telescopes. 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.

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This makes it compatible with the cable that came with my Robofocus controller and I focjser plug my Robofocus stepper motor straight into the box with no problems.

Arduino-based Motor Focuser Controller. The one downside is that the Robofocus controller is a bit on the expensive side. Use this for most applications. Feather Touch Focuser 4.

This driver provides combined telescope, focuser, and dome interfaces each of which may be used by separate programs. I have been using a Robofocus focus controller for many years now focuset control a Robofocus geared stepper motor on my various imaging telescopes.

Note about wiring the stepper motor – the stepper I am using is a bipolar stepper.

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Removed the dependency on the AccelStepper library – I didn’t feel I needed this capability for my geared Robofocus stepper motor. 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.

Here are the passing results. This meant you just had to program your Arduino board with his code and the official Moonlite ASCOM driver asclm attach to your Arduino and “just work”.

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 started with the code from the above website and made the following changes: Link to download the driver can be found at the bottom of the page you see when you click the Visit button. I set it up so one step on the rotary encoder moved the stepper on the focuser by one step.

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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. RoboFocus Control Program 5.

I’m still experimenting with this as that seems to give almost too fine of control. 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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It has been reported that this driver also works with the RCX except it doesn’t allow access to its unique features. Here is a list of the hardware I used: Most programs such as MaxIm DL already have the needed focus controls built in.

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I wired one arm of the stepper across the M3 motor port and the other arm across the M4 motor port. Lunatico’s Seletek Focuser Software and drivers for the Seletek family of controllers. Micro Focuser all models Drivers for all models of the Micro Focuser line of precision focusers. I added support for the TMP36 so I could have a temperature reading from the focuser. The rotary encoder support was so I could manually focus the telescope.

In my case I was most intrigued by this website:. Unless you need this full-function program or the multiple drivers, use the basic driver listed above.

I ran the four wires from these two motor ports to the pins of a female DB9 connector.