Rigel Systems’ tried-and-true USB-nSTEP system for computer control of telescope stepper focus motors is now available for MoonLite Focusers.
The gear coupling of the stepper to focus shaft provides up to 9,600 steps per revolution in full step mode and 19,200 in half step mode to supply the exceptionally fine focus movement required for fast telescopes. The modular design let you easily move the nSTEP Stepper from one focuser to another. You can add just a bracket and gear kit to a new telescope and move the stepper or add bracket and stepper and just swap the usb-nSTEP between them.
The stepper motors are offered in a package with the USB-nSTEP controller which is fully ASCOM compliant so it will work with popular focus control programs. It can be operated for temperature compensation with the optional temperature sensor. The USB-nSTEP offers full step and half step control from a computer and a display of step count. USB and 12V battery power cables are included as well as software and ASCOM drivers for Windows.
There are two USB-nSTEP options. The USB-nSTEP version offers PC only operation with full control of the stepper motor from a PC.
Also available is the enhanced USB-nSTEP option that offers full control of the stepper motor in three ways: (1) with a PC; (2) manually using an included button controller; and (3) through a smart phone. With this version no PC is required using the button controller for manual-only operation, just the 12V DC stepper motor supply. And with an Android or iPhone, full standalone configuration and speed adjustment are available.
Pricing for the USB-nSTEP system for MoonLite Focusers is $239.90US for the usb-nSTEP basic (PC only) + stepper and bracket kit. The cost is $289.90US for the usb-nSTEP with USB, buttons, Wi-Fi + stepper and bracket kit.
Rigel System’s is also now offering nSTEP and STEPPER Motor Kits for camera lenses and telescope focus rings. The new kits offer the ability to motorize your camera or telescope focus ring with Rigel System’s stepper motor for the ultimate in accurate auto-focusing. The stepper motor has a 0.1-degree step size and easily lifts 8 pounds. The stepper can be quickly detached for manual focusing. It uses a standard 6-wire telephone cable and RJ12 connector.
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