The wifi-Aline collimation tool from Rigel Systems has been updated with new adjustable focus and other new features.
The wifi-Aline enhances the accurate collimation of Dobsonian and Newtonian telescopes by sending a real-time video stream of the telescope optics wirelessly to a tablet, phone or computer’s display. It does not require any additional apps, applications, or other software downloads for use on computers, tablets or phones.
The wifi-Aline collimation tool offers a new generation ESP32 processor that wirelessly serves up webpages to the Safari, Edge, Firefox, or Chrome web browser on your computer, tablet, or phone for complete control of all functions and viewing the real-time video stream of your telescope’s optical elements.
As an additional assist, wifi-Aline superimposes 3 coaxial target rings and a crosshair that, once carefully offset to align with the primary mirror edge, guide the collimation adjustments for the secondary and other optical elements to bring them into accurate collimation with the primary mirror.
The wifi-Aline collimation tool internally surrounds the camera lens with an ultra-bright micro-prism retro-reflector, lit by the light gathered by your primary to brightly delineate the centerline of your optics. Focus can be adjusted by screwing the lens in/out.
The wifi-Aline is fully self-contained requiring only power from an external (not included) USB power pack through its (provided) USB power cable. The Wi-Fi range is greater than 20 feet easing the collimation task on large Dobs or Newts where the collimation screws for the primary and secondary mirrors are some distance from the focuser.
Inside, the wifi-Aline collimation tool surrounds the camera lens with an ultra-bright micro-prism retro-reflector, lit by the light gathered by your primary to brightly delineate the centerline of your optics.
The wifi-Aline’s wifi-range is greater than 20 feet easing the collimation task on large dobs or newts where the collimation screws for the primary and secondary mirrors are some distance from the focuser (Editor’s Note – wouldn’t it be nice to have that problem!)
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