Control your DC Focus Motor from your Computer

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Control your DC Focus Motor from your Computer

Post by dpanderson » Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:21 am

The FCUSB is a product that allows you to control a DC focus motor (or any DC motor for that matter) by way of a USB port and software on your computer. If you are already using a computer in your observatory for other reasons, this provides a way for you to focus your telescope without fumbling around in the dark for the focuser handcontroller. It works best with 5V focus motors such as the newer style JMI Motofocus, but can also work with 9V or 12V motors. Motors requiring up to 100mA of current will work with the FCUSB. The FCUSB also eliminates the need for a battery to run your focuser, since the motor is now powered directly from the USB port of your computer. Using the free FocusPal software, or the FCUSB ASCOM driver with third-party software, you can control the speed and direction of your motor with just mouse clicks!
Doug Anderson
Shoestring Astronomy
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