FocusDream – control unit and modernization of electric focuser is designed to expand the user and the technical capabilities of standard electrical and moto focuser produced under the brands of Sky-Watcher (Synta), JMI Motofocus, Levenhuk electric focuser, Orion AccuFocus, Meade 1209, TeleVue Focusmate Driver and WalterLee heliFocus.
Attention! The updated FocusDream controller has the ability to power the motor from an external 9-12V source. Switching from USB power to an external source is carried out by a jumper located on the PCB.
FocusDream allows you to focus in manual and automatic modes directly from PC with use of a standard astronomy programs such as N.I.N.A, SGP, APT, MaximDL, FocusMax, BahtinovGrabber and other programs that support the ASCOM platform in a focus section.
FocusDream has its own «FocusDream Control panel» application which make a refocus with the help of the interface buttons or use the left or right mouse button to focus, which can be especially useful for fans of planetary photography.
You can program the drive backlash compensation focuser (Backlash).
FocusDream allows you to control a DC motor focuser. If you use your computer in the observatory it provides a good way for you to not to look in the dark hand control focuser.
FocusDream works best with 5V DC engines such as new JMI Motofocus but can also work with 9V or 12V motors. The engines that require the current up to 150 mA will work with FocusDream properly.
There is no need to use the batteries of your focuser with FocusDream. The engine is powered directly from USB port of your PC now.
Using free software FocusDream control panel that allows you to control the speed and direction of your engine with the help of mouse clicks.
FocusDream supports the ASCOM standard. DC motors are not provide absolute positioning but with use of FocusDream auto mode focus and third-party software you can get pretty decent results.
Today FocusDream was tested with Synta (SkyWatcher) electric focuser, JMI Motofocus, Levenhuk electric focuser, Orion AccuFocus, Meade 1209, TeleVue Focusmate Driver and WalterLee heliFocus.
List of equipment with what FocusDream was tested with:
Sky-Watcher electric focuser
Levenhuk electric focuser
TeleVue Focusmate Driver
Technical characteristics and functionality.
1. Type of applied motors – DC.
2. Max. Motor current – 0.2A
3. Supply voltage – 5V from USB (or external power supply 9-12V to power focuser DC motor)
4. Software compensation of the mechanical drive of the focuser (Baklash).
5. Interface – USB.
6. ASCOM driver.
7. Application FocusDream Control panel
8. Program synchronization with the user position of the focuser
9. Programmatically set the number of steps for a single movement of the focuser (Incremental).
10.Maximum position -2 000 000 000
FocusDream control unit
Documentation, drivers and applications