About this product
Part Number: 94155
The Focus Motor for SCT & EdgeHD provides electronic focusing for Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) and EdgeHD telescope optical tubes. With the focus motor installed, you can bring celestial objects into sharp, precise focus using your telescope’s hand controller or a computer instead of using the focuser knob. A focus motor is great for visual observers who want to dial in exact focus (especially those with dexterity issues) and a must-have accessory for astroimagers. With a motorized focuser installed, an astroimager no longer needs to be physically near the telescope to focus an image. Combined with computerized control of the mount and camera, the focus motor enables the imager to gather data remotely from a backyard observatory, or even a telescope located hundreds of miles away. As an added bonus, port covers protect the ports while not in use, and the covers cannot be lost due to the tethered design.
Compatible Optical Tubes
The focus motor is compatible with all SCTs from 6” to 14” in aperture (not including the 9.25" EdgeHD) that have been produced since the year 2006. It is not compatible with 5” SCTs or older models. It is compatible with all EdgeHD optical tubes, the 8” Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA), the 36cm RASA, and the 7” Maksutov-Cassegrain. It can also be used with the 11” RASA, but requires the Focuser Retrofit Kit for RASA 11.
There are three options for powering your Celestron Focus Motor:
When using a Celestron computerized mount, you can power and control the focus motor through the mount using the supplied AUX cable. This allows control from the mount’s hand controller (NexStar+ or StarSense) or a computer.
If you are not using a Celestron mount, you can power and control the focus motor from a computer USB port. You will need a user supplied USB A-to-B cable.
You may also opt to use an external 12V DC power source which plugs into the motor’s power jack.
Celestron offers a free Focuser Utility program for computer control. The Celestron PWI software can also control the focus motor. To use third-party focuser control software, an ASCOM driver is needed.
Important - this is NOT compatible with the 9.25" EdgeHD model.
|Motor ||DC servo motor |
|Spur Gears ||Brass, 1:1 gear ratio, 38mm diameter, 45 teeth |
|Focuser Shaft Coupler ||Aluminium clamping sleeve |
|Microprocessor ||NXP Kinetis series, Arm Coretex-M4 core |
|AUX port power ||Powered by Celestron computerized mount AUX port, connecting cable supplied |
|USB port power ||USB3 or USB2 providing at least 900mA |
|DC jack power ||12V DC, 1A, 5.5mm/2.1mm tip positive plug |
|Compatibility ||All SCTs produced after 2006 except 5" SCT, all Edge HD, RASA 8", RASA 36cm, 7" Mak-Cass |
|Speed rates ||8°/sec , 32°/sec , 128°/sec |
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Focus Motor Instruction Manual (PDF)
Focus Motor Setup Guide (PDF)
Other product files
Focus Motor Installation for the RASA 36cm (PDF)
Celestron Focuser Utility Program (.exe file)
Focuser ASCOM driver (Directory)
|Average Rating (3 Reviews): |Very useful item - I love it
Thursday, 31 October 2019 | Ivan
Great product. Easy to install and easy to use. Allows for remote focusing. Focusing procedure can be automated in the imaging software.
From now on I think I will not be able to go without it.
Excellent addition to Celestron accessories
Friday, 30 August 2019 | Robert
Particularly useful with a Celestron computerised mount BUT, whether using with a Celestron mount or other brand, it's essential that it's calibrated to your particular scope to ensure that the "Move To" a particular index point works. Installation is straightforward if you follow the instructions BUT (another one because the instructions don't mention this) ensure that your scopes focuser is set at roughly mid-way before starting the calibration routine.. This is because the motors first movement when calibrating is clockwise and if your focuser is screwed too close to its clockwise limit the focus motor can't start its calibration routine and will jam (as mine did!). Otherwise calibration is simply a case of pressing buttons and leaving the motor to do its job. Once calibrated the "Move To" routine is also straightforward and accurate, which means that, having achieved focus with different EPs, camera etc. those index positions can be noted and used when those bits of kit are to be focused again. The "Move To" facility doesn't have to be used because both the Celestron handsets and the Celestron Focuer Utility programme enable the motor to be moved in "MoveIn/MoveOut" mode in any event and which, of course, needs to be used for initial focusing to aquire index positions. The motor weighs about 15ozs so check your balance.
Thursday, 11 April 2019 | Gordon
Surprised how small this focuser is, set up was very easy with calibration etc.
Not had a chance to try it out yet.
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