JMI EV-1c Event Horizon Dual-Speed SCT Focuser - DISCONTINUED -
What is the Event Horizon Focuser?
The Event Horizon Focuser (EV) is a low-profile, friction-drive focuser designed for both the amateur and professional market. The highly acclaimed Crayford design (see below) permits tolerances up to 100 times better than conventional rack-and-pinion focusers. Zero image shift and zero backlash makes it fantastic for visual and photographic work and a must for CCD imaging. The modular design makes changes and upgrades extremely easy to accomplish. Add the optional variable-speed Motor and Smart Focus, Digital Read Out (DRO) or Digital Focus Counter (DFC), for the ultimate focusing system. The EV is truly a masterpiece of engineering and workmanship that you will be proud to own for years to come.
One of the EV focuser modular bases is designed for Cassegrain telescopes. The most popular type of Cassegrain telescope is the Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). These telescopes achieve focus by moving the primary mirror. This design tends to create image shift which is especially problematic for CCD imaging. The EV Cassegrain focusers achieve focus by moving the eyepiece, camera or other equipment at the back of the telescope instead of the mirror.
What is the Crayford Design?
The Crayford Eyepiece Mount (CEM) was invented by John ("Jack") Wall. The Crayford name comes from the Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society (UK) to which he belongs. The Crayford design uses high pressure on a metal drive shaft pressing against a metal drawtube which is held by bearings on the opposing side. This direct surface-to-surface drive mechanism eliminates backlash and shifting of the drawtube as seen in other designs such as the rack-and-pinion focuser and allows for very fine adjustments.
JMI recognized the benefits of this design and was the first company to bring it to the amateur market in a commercial product.
Event Horizon EV-1...
The Event Horizon EV-1 is a 2" black-anodized aluminum focuser with rubber grip knobs and two-speed operation. The focuser lifts up to 8 pounds. Manual controls are over 15 times and 1???? times finer than most rack-and-pinion focusers.
The Cassegrain version is designed for use on 6" to 16" Cassegrain telescopes (e.g. SCT and Mak-Cas) with standard output threads. It includes an SCT threaded output adapter to allow use of standard SCT equipment on the output side of the focuser.
Although the EV-1c can be plugged into the telescope's base allowing control from the Meade hand unit, you will have better control with the JMI hand unit. Our hand unit includes an electronic brake (not included in Meade systems), which stops the motor as soon as you quit pressing the keys, and linear voltage control for superior speed control. Also, older LX200 telescopes do not have enough power to properly run the motor on the low setting.
The JMI Event Horizon EV-1 Features...
- Sealed Stainless Steel Ball Drawtube and Drive Shaft Bearings
- Carries Up To An Eight Pound Payload
- 1.25" Eyepiece Adapter Included
- Interchangeable Base
- Modular, Black Anodized Aluminum Body Style
- Knurled Aluminum Knobs
- Surface-To-Surface Drive To Elminate Backlash
- Modular Design For Easy Changes And Upgrades
JMI Product Number: EV1C
|Focuser Or Mask Size||2" Drawtube|
|Focusing Aid Type||Focuser|
|Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
I replaced the factory Crayford focuser on my Orion Optics OMC300 telescope with the EV-1c motofocus unit. It performed very well, but I wish that it had just a little more drawtube extension. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5 stars. But mechanically it is beautiful and it works very well.