The new HitecAstro DC Focus V2 is designed and extensively tested to support the Skywatcher Auto Focuser and JMI focus motors. Manual focus operation is provided but it is when connected to a PC via USB-2 that the DC Focus comes into its own.
Specially written software provides very accurate control of the focus motor, indeed everything including speed, accuracy and frequency of operation is adjustable.
HitecAstro also developed an ASCOM compliant driver to compliment the DC Focus software bundle which should allow it to be used with any software which supports the ASCOM standard such as Maxim DL. CCD Soft, Focus Max etc.
Includes 12V DC Male Cigarette lighter plug for use with a suitable power source.
This allows you to run a second controller in parallel with the existing controller on the same PC. In every other respect HitecDCFocus2 is exactly the same as the original.
Running two of exactly the same device from the same PC is not normally possible as the USB identifier would conflict and the PC would not know which one to talk to. HitecDCFocus2 contains a separate USB identifier so that they can be run side by side.
|Average Rating (9 Reviews): |
Sunday, 17 April 2022 | David
I bought the v2 as an upgrade to the v1 I have,, I recently bought the mini pc from flo and,, this is where my only problem was,, the windows 11 has a problem downloading and installing the software from hitecastro.
My fix was to download the software via my Windows 7 pc and use a USB stick to transfer the download and install on mini pc,, no problems,,,
Works great,,, 10 out of 10
Outstanding service from FLO
Thursday, 24 February 2022 | Charlie
Can I just say, I ordered Weds evening and the despatch was made Thursday due to arrive Friday. Eunice put stop to that but astonishingly it was delivered Monday, totally unexpected as I thought it would be a few days and I'm in Northern Ireland... The item itself is pretty good, easy to set up, all focusing is operated from a laptop and is very easily operated. I have it pointing out the window towards trees and telegraph poles about 1 kilometre away. I was on a telegraph pole and saw a note that read "Danger of Death", with the focuser I could actually read a sign over 1k away the size of a coaster... I'm waiting for a bird to rest up now in my FIV as we now have wind, rain and snow... Next clear night, who knows?
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Tuesday, 7 September 2021 | David
Hello, using this to USB control my Skywatcher electric focuser. It works very well and seems to be pretty accurate at returning to a given position given the inherent play in the system. The instructions I found were a bit confusing in places probably because app versions were out of date, but it all fell into place. I have only tried the Hitech control software so far which is fine, I havent tried any other recommendations.
Thursday, 11 March 2021 | Richard
Just acquired this to support my Skywatcher 200mm on an EQ5 Pro. The focus controller is well made and runs off a USB cable. It is small, lightweight but clearly good quality - certainly vastly better than the controller which comes with the Skywatcherremote fofusser. I am now able to control focus, image and motion of my telescope remotely, leaving it completely undisturbed. I am looking forward to testing in the field. Great service by FLO too! Thanks.
Thursday, 14 January 2021 | Keith
Got this along with Skywatcher focus motor, easy to install using Hitec DC controller software. Now makes focusing a breeze both for initial setup and when remotely controlling the rig
Monday, 14 September 2020 | Richard
I originally ordered a new SkyWatcher electric focuser to replace an ageing one where the hand control buttons were failing. It was going to take a while to get this due to goods coming from China during the current crisis. I found this a great alternative. Works really well and a great hand control replacement. Smaller than I thought it would be (good) and of robust alloy construction. Complete with 12v cigarette lighter power lead and USB lead. Software download and install on Windows 10 with no problems. Step function does a good impression of a much dearer stepper motor system. First outing no problems controlling it via a USB hub.
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 | Neil
Not set this one up yet, I have one on my other scope so I know how they perform, and thanks FLO for the price match again.
Friday, 20 September 2019 | Stephen
I have one of these connected to my Skywatcher Focus motor to my Samyang 135mm lens. I bought a 3d Printer toothed wheel and belt so as to connect the motor around the lens. I now have autofocus working brilliantly with my wide-field Samyang lens, controlled by SGP. The ASCOM driver software is picked up by astronomy programs straight away. So I am always in focus Delighted!!
Tuesday, 3 September 2019 | Melvyn