|Average Rating (11 Reviews): |A very solid and reliable focuser
11 November 2022 | Andrew
I bought the Baader SteelTrack to replace the stock focuser on the Skywatcher 200PDS which could not hold the weight of my camera, filter wheel and OAG. Fitting was straightforward after I measured out the position of the four fixing holes and drilled them. You just have to be careful to line everything up and make sure it collimates okay. Movement is very solid and smooth and works perfectly with the ZWO EAF. Very pleased. I just need a clear night to start some imaging.
06 June 2022 | Stan
Very pleased with this precision focuser from Baader. For the price, excellent quality and easily fitted to my TS Photon 6"Newtonian scope. Delivered quickly from the team at FLO.
As usual, exceptional advice from the folk at FLO. Many thanks.
27 October 2021 | Ian
I now have two SteelTrack focusers and I cannot fault them. I use both with auto-focus motors and even with heavy loads there is absolutely no slippage or movement. They are really well made and are fully adjustable to allow perfect alignment. If I ever need to upgrade again - this would be my first choice. There is more flex in the steel tube of the OTA than in the focuser!
As usual the service from FLO was spot.
Note: Nothing to do with the focuser itself, but I would question the fitting to 6" scopes. I have fitted it to my 6" newtonian, but it needed quite a bit of fettling and some DIY spacers and longer bolts to get it to fit. Also, I had to make a foam insert to try and reduce the gap under/round the focuser to prevent stray light entering the tube.
First look/handling Diamond Steeltrack NT
08 June 2021 | Francis
Oh dear. Looks like my other scopes are going to need an upgrade. My Baader Diamond Steeltrack NT has just been delivered, superb build quality the motion feels solid yet silky at the same time especially the slow speed motion.
Still have to build the 16" dob it's been purchased for but what a great bit of kit.
Definitely recommend this. The manual is very comprehensive (better still when you open it at the right end!)
Super stable focussing platform and exemplary support from FLO
16 August 2020 | Andy
I bought this as a major upgrade to the rather nasty Skywatcher rack and pinion on my 2005 vintage Orion Optics 8" Newtonian. You do need to be able to drill four holes in the right places on your OTA and the attachment process seems unnecessarily fiddly but once done this provides a super stable focussing platform. The fine focussing is excellent - finally I can achieve focus in real time rather than having to guess through all the wobbling where focus will probably be. The first sample FLO sent me was slightly sticky but they provided exemplary support and I was soon up and running with a nice smooth version. I had a whole list of things I thought I might need to upgrade (including the mount) but the changes to my set up using this focusser are night and day and should keep me happy for some time yet. Not cheap but money well spent.
17 February 2020 | Ronald
An addition to my mn190 which will improve my
Imaging setup a great deal. A powerful and reliable focuser is essential, and the Steel track certainly is all that.
Just need to strive to add the Steel drive now. Need to save up for that 😁
Quality focuser and fast delivery
29 January 2020 | Terry
As always, ordering from FLO is easy (to easy according to my financuial controller), delivery was quick and they will always be my first port of call for astro gear. The SteelTrack focuser is beautifully made, has a quality feel to it, and seems rock solid. Fitting wasn't too difficult, although it was not helped by Baader inexplicably putting a 1.25 mm allen key into the box where a 1.5 mm key was needed to undo the grub screws holding the body in place - most of us have loads of allen keys lying around so it wasn't a big issue, and I'm sure a 1.25 mm allen key will come in handy for something! The other problem I faced is that you do need additional shims to fit the focuser to anything less than an 8 inch tube - I was fitting this to a 150P-DS. The confusion was that there are shims included in the package, but these are only good for down to an 8 inch tube, anything less requires additional shims (I'm sure the Baader site does say this somewhere to be fair), or cobbling something together as I did.
31 December 2018 | Mark
The quality is far superior to the dual speed one I had on my 200P, which used to flop about when the scope was moved. Just waiting for a clear night to try it out.
I will say it comes with no instructions, I watched a video on how to do it on youtube, which helped but the holes did not match up with the ones on my scope. Luckily I'm quite handy at DIY.
Baader Diamond Steeltrack NT
30 November 2018 | Brendan
Recently purchased and fitted the Diamond Steeltrack NT to my
Quattro 12S and what an upgrade. No slippage or flexure whatsoever, the build quality is superb, carries camera, filter wheel and OAG with ease, a fantastic upgrade from the standard Skywatcher standard unit which is not up to the task of F4 imaging. I also fitted a DIY stepper motor to the focuser for imaging which works perfectly. As a test I sat 5.5kg directly on top on the drawtube and lifted it up and down vertically with zero slippage and perfect repeatability so Baaders capacity claim stands up. Unfortunately the mounting holes are not Skywatcher compatible thus requires redrilling the OTA but that's an easy task for anyone with basic mechanical skills. As usual first class service from FLO, a pleasure to do business with.
09 October 2018 | Yoann
Great quality from FLO, very well packaged, quickly deliverd !
The focuser seems of great quality.
I'm happy with this purchase and with FLO
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