Dual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2'' Crayford Focuser
Dual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2'' Crayford FocuserDual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2'' Crayford FocuserDual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2'' Crayford Focuser

Dual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2" Crayford Focuser

£169.00
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About this product

Model:  sw_low-profile_focuser
Part Number:  20170

A direct replacement (utilizes existing bolt-holes) Low Profile CNC machined 10:1 dual-speed focuser designed for Skywatcher and Celestron Newtonian telescopes with apertures 8-12 inches (tube diameters 9-15 inches).

Silky-smooth focusing operation. 

Low profile 24mm drawtube, perfect for astro-photography. 

Incorporates drawtube extension so also suitable for visual use, even when using long focal length 2" eyepieces! 

Accepts both 1.25" or 2" eyepieces. 

Customer reviews

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Good quality but tight tolerances.
Thursday, 8 April 2021  | 

This is a very robust and well made unit , except on mine the left hand alloy knob was slowly grinding itself away because it was fouling the edge of the mounting plate . However that was soon remedied as I removed the Knob (once I'd found an allen key) to fit a motor drive unit. The Lack of a 50 cent Allen key I think is a bit mean as you do need it. Definitely a better quality unit than the standard Focuser supplied with Sky Watcher Dobs too.


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A robust upgrade to the original Skywatcher focuser.
Monday, 29 March 2021  | 

If like me you have been using one of the original Skywatcher white Crayford focusers you will know that it is just fine for a compact DLSR like the Canon 550D. However, I found that fitting an ASI1600mm and filter wheel with coma corrector was just too much to keep collimated, and anyway the focuser was old and second hand so I thought it about time to upgrade.

This low profile focuser is a much more rigid construction and much heavier too. As other have said, its a drop in replacement. It is a bit fiddly to tighten the two bolts under the focuser - I used a small flat blade to hold the bolt and then tightened the nuts from the inside of the tube. Because it is CNCd it doesn't need the collimation screws of the old one.

Although there is only one clamping screw the eyepiece clamp uses a brass compression ring which is a much more positive clamping for the my comma corrector.

The draw tube can be extended and is clamped as you need it with a compression ring also. Its probably best to have the extension fully out or fully in if you are imaging as this inner draw tube is quite sloppy until clamped.

The focuser operation is very nice and I have now added my ZWO EAF to it which fitted easily (I used 2x M3 20mm bolts and washers to replace two of the four that hold the focuser mechanism in place. I kept the x10 reduction knob fitted as this provides a nice bearing to keep the focuser tensioned and aligned to the draw tube on the opposite side to the EAF.

A very nice upgrade, I just need some clear sky now


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Skywatcher low profile crayford focuser
Thursday, 12 December 2019  | 

The usual rapid and efficient ordering and delivery service from FLO plus accurate technical advice that enabled me to make an informed decision about purchase. Bought this focuser to replace the high profile original on a Synscan 250 mm dobsonian. A real improvement over the original - smoother and less inclined to slip- allowed the telescope to reach focus with a camera- and overall very good value for money. It was easy to fit and no need to drill new holes. The only gripe was that the original focuser aperture in the side of the Synscan is of a wider diameter than is taken up by the replacement focuser meaning that light and dust can get in around the edges. Thus I cut and glued in place some foam to fill the gap which was quite easy to do and solved the problem.


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Fantastic Focuser, did what I needed it to do.
Thursday, 18 July 2019  | 

I decided to get this focus to see if I could achieve the neccesary in focus on my Quattro to use the ASA 0.73x reducer, I didn't want to have to re-drill the tube or move the primary, so this was a try out to see if it could be done......it works!
I didn't have the screw hole issue that others had, I just placed the screws in first and then tightened up the nuts on the other end, but yes the screw holes are a bit awkward if your nuts are fixed to the tube. I think the focuser is better than the stock focuser that came with the quattro from a build perspective too. I am overjoyed that I can now image at F2.9 this season.
Simon Todd Astrophotography


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Good Quality Focuser
Sunday, 20 January 2019  | 

This is a good quality focuser for the price. My first impressions when I opened the box was the high quality finish with of sturdy metal base and pleasing appearance. The fine focussing knob worked a treat on my homemade Newtonian reflector compared to the old rack-and-pinion focuser it replaced.
The only downside I found was that two of the four boltholes were positioned very close to, and even partly underneath, the focusing barrel. I therefore found the fitting and tightening of the bolts rather awkward. It seems to me that this is a design fault and I see no reason why the manufacturer could not have placed the two holes at a slight distance from the barrel for easy tool access. Hence the reason for the 4 star rating.
Having said that, it is still worth every penny for it's high quality and excellent performance.


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Nice cheap focuser
Wednesday, 28 March 2018  | 

This is not the best focuser on the market but is very good for the price. Nice smooth action and good fine focussing. I would not recommend if you expect it to carry a lot of weight such as a filter wheel or DSLR camera but for observing is great. I replaced the stock single speed focuser on Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian and was a direct replacement, no need to adjust the holes in the tube. As I say there are better focusers but probably 2 to 3X the price as well so for observing more than adequate.


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Crayford Focuser
Wednesday, 20 July 2011  | 

brought this a while ago and is 100%better than the standard rack and pinion i bought it for photo work with a dslr/webcam and focus is so much more easier and precise get one you will never look back

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Q1. What are the fixing hole centre dimensions of the Skywatcher low profile focuser?

The hole centre dimensions in the Skywatcher low profile focuser will fit 87mm hole centres along the length of the telescope tube and 80mm hole centres across the telescope tube.

Q2. Does this use a compression fitting to hold 2" and 1.25" eyepieces?

2" eyepieces and accessories are held by a brass compression ring.

1.25" eyepieces and accessories are held by an adapter in the 2" focuser tube. The adapter itself is able to compress around the 1.25" parts so they will not be marred but it doesn't use a brass compression ring.

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