The MicroTouch Shuttle is a new compact controller option for Starizona's popular MicroTouch autofocuser for Feathertouch Focusers. The standard control box is still available, but the Shuttle was designed to be a smaller unit for those who often use the autofocuser for visual use as well as imaging. It is easily hand held for manual use and features a built-in rechargeable battery.
The Shuttle control box is smaller at 2.8” x 2.7” x 1.75” (compared to the standard box at 6.25” x 3.8” x 1.25”). To shrink the size, the Shuttle eliminates the LCD display of the standard box, which is rarely used during computer control of the autofocuser when software is reading the position of the focuser. The Shuttle easily fits in your hand for manual focusing while viewing through an eyepiece. LEDs indicate the power status and when the focus motor is moving.
The Shuttle also has a built-in rechargeable battery to eliminate the power cord, which is especially useful for hand-held use. The Shuttle easily runs all night on a single charge. The included AC charger also allows for power from an external source.
The price for the complete MicroTouch autofocuser system, including stepper motor, is $499 with either the new Shuttle or with the standard control box. The Shuttle hand box is available separately for $299 for users who already own a stepper motor purchased with the original-style hand box. The MicroTouch is available to fit all Feathertouch focusers, including SCT MicroFocusers, as well as Takahashi FSQ refractors, Skywatcher refractors, and TEC refractor large focusers. Please choose a motor option below.