Falcon Rotator V2

Pegasus Astro

Falcon Rotator V2

Regular price
$ 690.00
Sale price
$ 690.00
Unit price
per 

This item is out of stock but you can place an order now and we’ll ship when it becomes available.

Estimated launch: January 2024

The Falcon Rotator v2 is our new large aperture (M68) camera field rotator that impresses with its lightweight, low-profile design. Despite its slim profile, it possesses the remarkable capability to manage and accurately position even heavy image trains.

Operating the Falcon Rotator v2 is a seamless experience, thanks to its compatibility with classic ASCOM, native ASCOM Alpaca drivers and the Unity Platform software. This user-friendly design simplifies the process of automatically and precisely orienting your camera field, making your astrophotography endeavors significantly more convenient and efficient.

Precise Rotation

A powerful geared, low backlash stepper motor ensures that rotator will be precisely positioned to the designated degrees.

One Cable Operation

The rotator can be connected with a USB-C cable for both power and data, reducing complexity in your telescope setup. Additionally, it’s Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to control your field rotation remotely from your mobile phone.

Rated Load

Falcon Rotator v2 has been tested at 6Kg or 13 lbs of imaging setup. The mechanical design allows to custom tighten internall bearing that can easily handle high payloads with nearly zero flexure.

Quick Overview

  • Large Aperture: M68 opening on both sides
  • Slim Backfocus: 15.5mm
  • De-Rotation support: For Alt-AZ field derotation
  • USB-C Connectivity: Single cable for power and data.
  • Rotates heavy imaging gear. Up to 6Kg
  • Wi-Fi Enabled: Hotspot and Wireless 2.4GHz client support.
  • ASCOM Alpaca Support: Seamless integration with popular software.
  • Firmware Upgradability: Future-proof with software updates

Description

Large Aperture in a Slim Design

The Falcon Rotator 2 has an impressively low profile, slim 15.5mm backfocus thickness and features openings on both sides with an M68 (2.67 inches) x 1mm pitch thread.

The motor has been strategically positioned away from the optical axis to ensure it does not interfere with your equipment.

Field De-Rotation support for Alt-Az mounts

Rotator has the mechanical precision to achieve field de-rotation. Supplied Unity Platform calculates Rate of Rotation (RoR) based on the site latitude, target altitude and azimuth position.

By fine-tuning the micro-step drive control of the motor, derotation can achieve an resolution as precise as 5 arc-seconds.

Examples of images taken with Falcon Rotator & Derotation with a Dobsonian Telescope

https://www.astrobin.com/iejxza
https://www.astrobin.com/j07lm3

ASCOM Alpaca Native Support

Falcon Rotator v2 offers Alpaca native support and a convenient web interface for easy smartphone control of your device.

ASCOM Alpaca outshines classic ASCOM drivers with its platform independence, modern web standards, streamlined installation, remote control capabilities, extensibility, and open-source options. This ensures superior compatibility and user-friendly performance, making it the preferred choice for advanced astronomy applications.

Falcon Rotator v2 comes equipped with an integrated web server that seamlessly communicates with Alpaca clients natively. This integration enhances the user experience by providing easy access to image-rotation control through ASCOM Alpaca but also monitoring from any device with a web browser such as a smart phone.

Cable Wrap Prevention

Rotator does not allow a clockwise turn above 220 degrees. It will turn anti-clickwise when it has to be moved above 220 degrees.

A nice cable wrap/snag prevention feature out of the box.

Available Adapters

  • Backfocus Thickness: 1.40 mm
  • Thread Length: 4.0 mm
  • M48 adapters have internal M42 thread.
  • M54 adapters have internal M48 thread.

You can purchace the adapters below:
from Left to Right:

Female Adapters

  1. M68M to M42F (ADAPT-M68MM42F)
  2. M68M to M48F (ADAPT-M68MM48F)
  3. M68M to M54F (ADAPT-M68MM54F)

Male Adapters

  1. M68M to M68M (ADAPT-M68MM68M)
  2. M68M to M54M (ADAPT-M68MM54M)
  3. M68M to M48M (ADAPT-M68MM48M)
  4. M68M to M42M (ADAPT-M68MM42M)

Specifications

Physical Size 180mm x 140mm x 56mm
Material Anodised Aluminium
Clear Aperture M68 / 1mm pitch thread
Steps per degree Supports micro-stepping (x2,4,8,16,32)
Payload 6Kg / 13.2lbs
Telescope Side M68 Opening
Camera Side M68
Back Focus 15.5mm
Weight 0.7Kg / 1.54 lbs)
Connectivity USB 2.0 with USB-C
Operating Power 5V, 0.9A

Personal Upgrade Path

Buy risk-free: When it’s time to trade up you’ll get the most value for your used gear.