MoonLite offers 10 different motor focus options:
MoonLite High Resolution Stepper Motor Option Starting at $190.00
The High-res stepper motor Stand-alone option has no controller. This option is for customers that may already have an existing Mini v2 controller, or other brand controller like a ROBO focus unit and do not want to purchase another controller with the motor. Your controller will need to be able to plug in to the DB9 jack and run a unipolar stepper motor to operate it.
All MoonLite's High Resolution stepper motor options use a premium, low backlash Hurst stepper motor. The Standard High-res stepper motor uses a Hurst motor gear box that provides very fine (.00008" 1/2 step mode, or .00016" full step mode) resolution and accurate position repeatability required for today's high end imaging systems. The Ultra High-res stepper motor version uses a Hurst stepper motor with a 4 times high gear box ratio to handle very fast F-ratio scopes. All Moonlite Crayford focuser models are offered with a motor option. We no longer make any Dual rate reduction unit-based focusers with a fine knob. All Crayford focusers have a regular rate manual knob on the other side of the motor that can be used manually if needed by loosening the slip clutch on the motor.
The High-Res stepper motor option-stand-alone configuration
The High res stepper motor Stand alone option has no controller. This option is for customers that may already have an existing Mini v2 controller, or other brand controller like a ROBO focus unit and do not want to purchase another controller with the motor. Your controller will need to be able to plug in to the DB9 jack and run a unipolar stepper motor to operate it.
The High Res Stepper motor with MoonLite MiniV2 Controller
The High-res stepper motor with mini V2 controller is an ASCOM compliant stepper motor controller for MoonLite's High-Res Stepper Motors costing $440 for the pair. This single port controller works with all ASCOM based software packages out there today such as Focus Max, CCDSoft, MaximDL, SGP, etc. Our 1 ASCOM driver works on both 32 bit and 64 installations, we also provide a Non ASCOM software program for customers that are not running ASCOM based programs and need only a basic program to operate the focuser on a PC. Works great for a simple remote focus solution. The miniV2 controller has built in temperature sensor as well as a remote temp probe. The controller runs on 12 Volts DC and we include an AC adapter that has all the different plug configurations (US, Europe, UK, and Australia); however, most customers will simply use 12-volt power off their mount. This miniV2 controller is designed to be used by a PC or its manual buttons and speed control knob for manual operation at the scope. All cables are included with the controller. A Direct plug-in for the SkyX is also supported.
The High-Res Stepper motor with MoonLite Dual Port DRO Display Controller
High res stepper motor with DRO Dual port display controller features 2 ports so it can run 2 separate focusers at the same time. It provides full DRO position display at the controller along with the remote PC. The manual buttons on the controller have a fine and fast rate so it can be used manually for critical focus with out a PC if needed. The controller has a remote temp probe, digital display for temp, position, voltage.
Mini V2 and DRO dual port display controller specs:
High res stepper motor V3 ( integrated controller) works exactly like the mini V2 controller. It runs all of the same SW and drivers. We just integrated the mini V2 controller board in to the motor case ( case is 1/4" wider now) and called it a V3 motor. It provides a cleaner installation with less cables. The V3 also has the manual buttons on the side in case customers want to move the motor position at the scope location instead back at the PC. It also has the USB, 12v DC , and remote temp probe jack right on the motor case. All cables and power supply are included.
The Ultra high-res stepper motor Gear box option ($100 more), gives the stepper motor 4 times the resolution of our regular high-res stepper motors. It uses a Hurst stepper motor with a very high gear box ratio. Full step size for the Ultra high-res stepper motor is .00004" per step. The regular high-res stepper motor runs as .00016" per step in Full step mode. The Ultra version of motors are very well suited for fast F-ratio scopes.
Battery operated Hand Controller:
The Battery operated hand controller is intended for manual operation, when no PC operation is desired or no traditional 12 volt power is available. It has a built in Red LED flashlight and 3 speed settings. Very handy for visual use.
The amount of slip can be adjusted on the slip clutch by adjusting the tightness of the slip clutch ring. For manual knob operation of the focuser, turn the silver knurled ring loose. For motor operation of the focuser, tighten the silver knurled ring.
To adjust the clutch tension, grab the manual knob still with your right hand and grab the silver clutch ring with your left hand. Then twist tight like a lid on a jar allowing the clutch ring to tighten / loosen the clutch. To test the clutch-- try turning the manual knob, it should be very stiff or not turn at all if the clutch is tight on the motor. If the manual knob turns easily, then the clutch is set loose.
Note: No damage will be done if the focuser motor continues to run past the mechanical stops of the drawtubes travel. Even if the clutch is tight, it will simply slip when the travel runs out.
Installing a DC or High res Stepper Motor on a CR model focuser
MoonLite offers both Non ASCOM Software programs and a universal ASCOM driver to operate all MoonLite focusers and controllers.Please see Download page for Software