Introducing the GCUSB-nFOCUS

A new design that allows you to control your RigelSys nFOCUS directly from your PC or MAC via USB interface.

Developed in cooperation with RigelSys, Leon has added an external port to the nFOCUS controller that allows the direct control of the native focus capabilities of the nFOCUS. No special nFOCUS adjustments required, your manual settings need not change.

The GC USB-ST4 provides the base hardware platform for the GCUSB-nFOCUS. The output was modified to interface to the new nFOCUS input port and firmware adapted to focus control. The ASCOM code base is from the GC 909 that used stepper motors via ASCOM.

The GCUSB-nFOCUS output plugs directly into this input on the nFOCUS.

Updated April 25, 2012 - Installer updated to allow install on ASCOM platforms V5.X and V6.X
    Installer comma versus decimal point internationalization in ASCOM version

Updated July 17, 2011 - Installer updated to allow install on ASCOM platforms V5.X and V6.X

Updated Jan 18, 2011 - Updated ASCOM driver fixes internationalization issues
    Also modifies Cont In/Cont Out to cease motion on button release

Updated Aug 11, 2010 - Updated User manual

Updated July 2, 2010 - New ASCOM driver version 5.04 allows faster focus motion in Fast mode

Updated June 16, 2010 - New firmware version after MAC software development by Stark Labs

Updated May 26, 2010 - Users manual

Update May 21, 2010 - ASCOM driver addition: Allows use of two gc-usb-nfocus at the same time


Update Mar 10, 2010 - New version of ASCOM driver: Adds ASCOM early binding support, adds help file, adds firmware flashing utilities


Update Mar 7, 2010 - New version of ASCOM driver added fixes W7 desktop and StartMenu icon display


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PC side requirements:

Windows XP/Vista/W7

ASCOM platform

Full Speed/High Speed USB port

 

Full ASCOM support is provided for higher level programs to control the nFOCUS or you can use the GCUSB-nFOCUS graphic handbox standalone to control the nFOCUS.

 

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nFCOUS GCUSB-nFOCUS All cabled up

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INF driver for PC:

INF file, no code added, uses PCs USBSER native driver

Device shows in device manager as VID_04D8&PID_FC8C

Simple Windows INF file required for CDC class, uses windows USBSER driver, no other hardware drivers required

 

MAC supports CDC serial USB profile, no low level driver required

 

New firmware version (Added June 16, 2010) fixes issue with no interaction with potentiometers of the nFOCUS:

Click here to download, use GCUSB_FLASH from Start menu


User Manual (Updated Aug 11, 2010) Includes PC and ASCOM driver install instructions and GUI users guide:

Click here to download


ASCOM driver (updated April 25, 2012) ASCOM driver v5.0.5 installer updated for V5.X and V6.X ASCOM platform, internationalization

ASCOM driver (updated July 17, 2011) ASCOM driver v5.0.5 installer updated for V5.X and V6.X ASCOM platform

ASCOM driver (updated Jan 18, 2011) ASCOM driver v5.05 for single and dual nFOCUS, fixes internationalization items
    Also modifies Cont In/Cont Out to cease motion on button release:

ASCOM driver (updated July 2, 2010) ASCOM driver v5.04 for single and dual nFOCUS:

ASCOM driver (updated May 20, 2010) Added driver for second GCUSB-nFOCUS use at same time:

ASCOM driver (updated Mar 10, 2010) adds ASCOM early binding, help files and firmware flashing utilities :

ASCOM driver (updated Mar 7, 2010) fixes W7 desktop and start menu icon display:

ASCOM driver (updated Mar 4, 2010) adds dynamic detection of temperature sensor available:

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS ASCOM driver v5.0.5 for ASCOM v5.X and v6.X internationalization, XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS ASCOM driver v5.0.5 for ASCOM v5.X and v6.X, XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS ASCOM driver v5.0.5, XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS ASCOM driver v5.0.4, XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS ASCOM driver v5.0.3, XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS If you have two GCUSB-nFOCUS, this is ASCOM driver v5.05 for the second one for ASCOM V5.X or V6.X XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS If you have two GCUSB-nFOCUS, this is ASCOM driver v5.05 for the second one XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS If you have two GCUSB-nFOCUS, this is ASCOM driver v5.04 for the second one XP/Vista/W7

INNO based installer GC-USB-nFOCUS If you have two GCUSB-nFOCUS, this is ASCOM driver v5.03 for the second one XP/Vista/W7

Install this after the primary driver installed

Manual install required for ASCOM 4.1 platform

 

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Click here for help file on screens



 

 

GCUSB-nFOCUS $54.95+shipping

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FREE Upgrade!
Already own an nFOCUS? Purchase a USB-nFOCUS Adapter and we'll install the computer socket into your nFOCUS for free! Just send your nFOCUS in to RigelSys for upgrade with proof of purchase of USB-nFOCUS adapter and we'll take care of the rest. Offer good through June 31, 2010, a $10 value.

 

 

 

 

 

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