Remote Control Slew
CORDLESS HAND CONTROL
Owners of the Dual-axis
Platforms will especially like this accessory. Imagine a small wireless
push button pad that you can slip into your pocket and use to slew your
scope. No more long wires dangling down from the eyepiece to the Platform,
getting in the way of ladders and winding around the telescope.
This Cordless Remote
is about the size of a key chain car opener. It comes with 5 buttons.
The four outer buttons control the direction of movement of the telescope.
The middle button allows the user to toggle back and forth between the
slow speed slew (used for fine guiding a photographic exposure) and the
fast slew (handy for centering an object at high power and for scanning
an area.) Unlike the stock hand control, this new Cordless Remote just
requires pushing one button for the fast slew. Very convenient!
Included with the
Remote is a small electronics box that easily plugs right into the control
panel of the Platform. The whole package is priced at $280.00
Here is a review of the Remote Slew Control written by renowned visual
viewer, Howard Banich:
"I was lucky enough to have been a beta-tester for the cordless hand
controller and was able to test it for two months of observing in varying
conditions in the Pacific Northwest. I've had the standard hand controller
for a little over two years and found I was using it less and less because
I didn't want to mess with the cord. As soon as I tried the cordless version
I was hooked. I could control the most minute movement of the scope while
holding the key-chain sized cordless hand controller in my pocket. I particularly
like the center button function that enables each direction button to
be toggled to either a fast slew or a slow slew. This beats having to
press two buttons to get a fast slew as on the original hand controller.
This translated to using the cordless hand controller for most of my observations
- essentially any time I had the magnification over 200x on my 20"
f/5 I used the unit. The higher the magnification the most useful it became.
The most extreme example of this was on one exceptionally steady night
at Steens Mountain, Oregon when I was able to use 1250x on the Ring Nebula.
The Ring nearly filled the field of view at this magnification and the
cordless hand controller not only made centering the nebula a snap, but
it was also great fun to sweep along the perimeter of the nebula to soak
in the subtle details. Galaxy clusters were just as much fun - slewing
from one galaxy to the next while keeping my hands in my pockets was a
blast. Two other nice features was not having to worry about stepping
on the long cord of the original controller (done that a couple of times)
and not having to wind up and put away the cord when breaking down the
scope for the night. I only unplugged the power to the receiver, put the
controller in my observing vest pocket and they were ready to go for the
next observing session.
To say I'm sold is an understatement."