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Offline Dave_Rose

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #165 on: 20:26:14, 12 December, 2014 »
Hello Dave,
Where can I download the current SharpSky client for the SharpSky kit version of your focuser.
Or will the Pro version of the client work as well.
Thanks,
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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #166 on: 11:06:38, 13 December, 2014 »
Hi Dave,

The client is ASCOM compliant and therefore will work with any ASCOM compliant focuser.

You can download from :  www.dt-space.co.uk/SharpSkyClient

Cheers,

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #167 on: 14:16:56, 13 December, 2014 »
Thanks for the quick reply Dave.
Focuser now working with my new laptop.
Cheers, Dave
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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #168 on: 16:14:45, 13 December, 2014 »
Excellent news Dave,

Please feedback and let us know how you get on :)

Cheers,

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #169 on: 16:22:24, 13 December, 2014 »
Further ....

For anyone thinking of giving the simple SharpSky client a go please
be sure to run the download as administrator by right mouse clicking on
the 'SharpSkyClient.exe' and selecting 'Run as administrator'  this needs
to be done so that the client has the privileges required for file creation.

Cheers,

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #170 on: 02:26:16, 10 April, 2015 »
Hello all
Will the sharpsky kit form control box work with a moonlite Hi res stepper motor or is the pin out different?
Thank you
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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #171 on: 19:05:21, 10 April, 2015 »
Hello Jeremy,

Yes indeed, SharpSky is compatible with MoonLite focus motors.

I decided early on in the design to make the D-type connection pin compatible.  You may need to
adjust the period per step setting in ASCOM setup window.  I would start at a value of 8ms/step
and then adjust to taste.  If the value is too low the motor may skip steps and if the value is too
large the motor will simply be slow.  You may also need to tweak the backlash value to suit the
MoonLite motor.

Let us/me know how you get on.

Cheers,

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #172 on: 23:06:31, 16 October, 2015 »
Evening all,

Been a while since I posted anything on the SharpSky sticky .....

Quite a bit of SharpSky Pro gear heads down under to Australia.  A chap Jeremy based in Ormeau Hills Australia recently
took delivery of a SharpSky pro outfit and has sent me a couple of images showing his motor mounting technique.  He has
mounted  the motor on to a very nice  Baby Q refractor.  Rather than mounting the bracket to the focuser base itself Jeremy
has opted to use the extended ADM dovetail as a mount point.

Nice job I thought !

Cheers,

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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #173 on: 08:47:11, 17 October, 2015 »
That's a good idea.
When I get my new focuser on Monday. I think I will do that.
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Re: SharpSky ASCOM focuser - PCB based kit
« Reply #174 on: 09:14:42, 17 October, 2015 »
It works as long as you never need to rotate the scope in the rings or shift it about for balance! Those four M5 bolts on the base on the focuser are easily replaced with longer ones and with some spacers to get over the projection of the coarse focus knob its not too hard to effect a connection to the scope base itself.

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