The Pyxis 3-Inch Generation 2 Camera Field Rotator by Optec:
Optec's Pyxis 3-Inch Generation 2 Camera Field Rotator has a full 3 inches of clear aperture and is designed to hold large instrument packages without flexure or wobble. A 6-inch bronze worm gear and stainless worm rotate the center tube with a resolution of 0.01875 degree per step from the stepper motor. The operating software is very similar to the smaller Pyxis so that existing third-party software is compatible. De-rotation of the field for long exposure images with alt-azimuth mounted telescope and rotation of the guide chip for SBIG camera to a suitable bright guide star are the two primary uses of this instrument.
This is the Optec 3000 version. A standard Optec-3600 adapter will mount on the telescope side. An Optec-3000 3-inch receiver will mount on the camera side. (This is the direct replacement for the older style Pyxis uses all 3-inch camera adapters.)
This model is large and heavy and is intended for larger telescopes on observatory-caliber mountings. The 51.5 mm (2.03-inch) thickness requires telescopes that can accommodate this increase in the available back-focus distance. A 15 VDC regulated power supply is included with a right angle 2.5 mm power jack. Stepping up to 15 volts DC (from 12 volts) provides about 20% more torque without sacrificing speed. This Rotator unit can only be controlled by a PC computer running the Optec PYXIS.exe control software or third-party compatible software. Manual control is not possible. A flat wire serial cable is available for connection to a standard RS-232 interface COM port at 19.2K baud. Standard lengths and custom lengths up to 100 feet are possible.
Improve your astrophotography on larger telescopes with this high-quality Camera Field Rotator. Any telescope mount or camera side adapter has to be ordered separately.
Thickness of this unit is 2.4-inch (60.96 mm).
OPT Product Number: OP-17747