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WaTcHuLoOkNaTm9
17-07-2017, 07:17 PM
Hey guys,

I am buying the ZWO ASI 224MC camera and intend on using it with SharpCap with an ASCOM focuser as its compatible with the software. However, I was wondering, what are the best focusers out there that I can use with SharpCap? Preferably one that doesn't cost over a couple hundred dollars. How about this one https://www.myastroshop.com.au/products/details.asp?id=MAS-051A ?

Cheers, Harry

tonez
18-07-2017, 02:58 PM
im just finishing off one of these, haven't tested it on the scope yet but it looks like its going to work well

https://sourceforge.net/projects/arduinofocuscontrollerpro/

or a more basic version that costs next to nothing

https://sourceforge.net/projects/arduinoascomfocuser/


i think the one you linked just gives you a basic app that acts like the hand control (in/out) which is fine to manually focus with but the arduino adds automation and temperature compensation

Bart
18-07-2017, 06:47 PM
JMI, Sharp Sky Pro, Robo Focus, Skywatcher, Orion, nFocus.

WaTcHuLoOkNaTm9
20-07-2017, 04:55 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. However, I have decided that I am just going to go straight out and grab a Moonlight CR with the DC motor option, of which I will use an FCUSB with down the track so I can use my PC. I was hoping someone could be able to tell me what drawtube option I should use for the Moonlight focuser. My scope is a 12" skywatcher dob with an f ratio of f/4.9 and focal length of 1500mm. Is it correct that the drawtube is important as only some will provide full focus depending on one's scope?

And yes, I have decided to completely replace my stock focuser. Also, is it wrong to assume this setup would work with the ZWO ASI224MC and AstroLive or any "video astronomy" software for that matter?

Thanks heaps in advance :)