Xagyl Ultra-thin 5-Position Robotic Filter Wheel (1.25")

Xagyl Ultra-thin 5-Position Robotic Filter Wheel (1.25")

$269.99

The Xagyl Communications ultra-thin 5-position robotic motorized filter wheel is the perfect compliment to any astrophotographer requiring the use of multiple filters.

The light-weight and ultra-thin design introduces very little load, moment, or shift in focal position. The robotic filter wheel housing is cast from light-weight Aluminum, with a machined aluminum filter wheel which accepts five 1.25" format filters. All critical parts are black anodized and threaded to suppress stray light.

Very low current operation. The Xagyl robotic filter wheel is powered from the USB port, for convenient one-cable operation. The filter wheel is ASCOM compliant.

An optional carousel is available for M28.5 x 0.5 filters - please verify the specifications with the manufacturer.

Robotic filter wheels are good for people who want to do LRGB photography using dichroic (interference) filters. The standard RGB palette can be created, or the Hubble palette can be created using SII, Ha and OIII filters mapped into the RGB planes, or your own custom arrangement. Filter wheels are used with monochrome and color CCD and CMOS cameras.

Note: Some older filters, such as early-generation Baader filters have tall cells measuring over 8mm tall excluding the filter threads. These filters are incompatible with the wheel. In the case of Baader filters, replacement low-profile filter cells can be purchased separately. Please inquire with us for these filter cells.

The Xagyl robotic filter wheel uses an on-board USB to RS-232 adapter. It can be easily controlled through simple ASCII commands should anyone want to write their own control scripts in lieu of using ASCOM. For example, F1 = move one filter position forward, B3 = move three filter positions backwards, P4 = move to filter position 4.

Features

  • One of the smallest, thinnest motorized filter wheels available - only 0.7" thick
  • Accepts 5 filters, or 4 filters plus the included black filter
  • USB controlled and powered - no additional power supply required
  • No motors protruding from the filter wheel to get in the way
  • Adds 19mm (.75") of back focus to the optical path when used with included adapters
  • ASCOM Compliant
  • Firmware upgradable

Includes

  • Carousel fits M28.5 x 0.6 filters
  • T thread to T thread adapter
  • T thread to C thread adapter
  • T thread to 1.25" barrel adapter
  • 3m (10') USB interface cable

Specifications

  • Accepts a total of 5 x 1.25" filters (M28.5 x 0.6)
  • Maximum filter cell height including filter threads: 11mm (.43")
  • Maximum filter cell height excluding filter threads: 7mm (.28")
  • Maximum filter thread length: 4mm (.16")
  • Backfocus requirements: 19mm (.75") when used with included adapters
  • Dimensions: 12 x 11.4 x 1.8cm (4.7 x 4.5 x .7")
  • Weight: 240g (8.4oz)
  • Made in Canada
  • One year warranty

Specifications

  • Accepts a total of 8 x 1.25" filters (M28.5 x 0.6)
  • Maximum filter cell height including filter threads: 11mm (.43")
  • Maximum filter cell height excluding filter threads: 7mm (.28")
  • Maximum filter thread length: 4mm (.16")
  • Backfocus requirements: 19mm (.75") when used with included adapters
  • Dimensions: 19.3 x 20.3 x 1.8cm (7.6 x 8 x .7")
  • Weight: 241g (8.0oz)
  • Made in Canada
  • One year warranty

Computer Requirements

  • Minimum: Pentium II 400Mhz, 98MB RAM, 200MB hard drive, CD/DVD-ROM drive, USB 1.1/2.0, Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/ Server 2008/Windows 7 (x86/x64) and Server 2008 R2 (x86/x64).
  • Recommended: 2Ghz, 1GB RAM, >80GB hard drive, USB 2.0, Windows 7
  • USB Compatibility: USB 2.0 High Speed and USB1.1, full-powered ports
  • Future Technology Devices (FTDI) embedded RS-232 interface is Mac compatible (drivers on their website), but at this time there is no official support for this filter wheel on the Mac. The commands are plaintext, 2 bytes long; advanced computer users can easily add support.