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Perseus 4-port Instrument Selector

by OPTEC
$3,320.25
SKU 19605

*** PRISM Controls the Perseus Port Selector Nativerly ***

Optec's 4-port Instrument Selector allows the remote observatory user the ability to remotely select any of four instrument packages attached to their telescope.

Now in the third generation, Optec's Perseus Instrument Selector GEN3 is the latest in multiple instrument automation. Perseus GEN3 features both USB/Serial and Ethernet communications with iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphone control. With a reliable stepper motor from Lin Engineering and completely redesigned control circuit, the Perseus is more robust than ever. A hard mechanical stop ensures repeatable positional accuracy with each port. Optec's Perseus GEN3 Instrument Selector is the undisputed standard for multiple instrument clusters attached to any observator class telescope.

There are four instrument ports - three 2-inch ports and one 3-inch port available with the Perseus.  In the video below, the mirror is not yet attached to the prototype but it is an 1/8th wave first surface elliptical mirror with a 3-inch minor axis.

The embedded circuit has a single push button interface for use at the telescope and an RS232 DB9 interface for remote control.  LED indicators show the currently selected instrument.

Specifications

  • Overall Height: 7.00" (17.8cm)
  • Main Body Diameter: 4.25" (10.8cm)
  • Weight: approx. 5 lb. (2.25 kg)
  • Telescope Adapter: OPTEC-3600 Female Dovetail Mount
  • Instrument Ports: Three 2-inch & One 3-inch
  • Primary Port #1: 
    • Mechanical Interface:  OPTEC-3600 Male Dovetail
    • Clear Aperture:  3.0" (76mm)
    • Back-focus usage:  4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Secondary Ports #2, #3, #4:
    • Primary Mechanical Interface: OPTEC-2400 Male Dovetail
      • Clear Aperture: 2.1" (53mm)
      • Back-focus usage:  4.3" (11.0cm)
    • Secondary Interface: Knurled Parfocal adjusting OPTEC-2300 Receiver
      • Clear Aperture: 1.9" (48mm)
      • Back-focus usage:  5.0" to 5.5" (12.7cm to 14cm)
      • Total Parfocal Travel:  0.5" (12.7mm)
      • Mounting Options: T-thread, SCT thread, C-mount, Pentax
  • Control Interface: Push-button Selection, Software control, Smartphone app
  • Multiple Communications Interfaces:
    • RS-232 serial with Optec's USB/Serial cable (included),
    • Standard TCP/IP Ethernet with RJ45 socket (Ethernet cable included),
    • iPhone, iPad, and Android control through embedded web pages.
  • Software Interface: Fully ASCOM compliant Perseus Commander software available for download.  Local server includes focus and mount control for non-parfocal instrument clusters.
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LE Pyxis

I have received LE Pyxs, very good quality, but does not work with Linux.
But I'm in contact with Optec to get the Linux driver.
We'll see later if it works properly.

Excellent Integrated Package

I bought PRISM v.10 Pro for its integrated capabilities. I did not want to have to "bolt together" different software packages to achieve all my objectives. Two weeks after downloading the software the skies cleared and I was able to use my ZWO CMOS camera and focuser mounted onto a Stellarvue 80mm to move all over the sky finding and taking test shots of Messier objects. I am currently working on deepening my knowledge of what the software can do, particularly pointing models and autoguiding. The look of PRISM is a little outdated - others have mentioned this - but when you discover what you can accomplish with this software package this is easily forgotten. The online tutorials work well to get you off and running and phone support is quite good! I look forward to learning a little bit more each day and to achieving high quality imaging.

Looking forward to trying it!

I bought this in anticipation of using it at my summer home. So it is still unwrapped. It did come highly recommended, and the shipping speed was nothing short of miraculous, so I can't wait to get down to work!

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EAGLE3
r.h.
Great device and excellent service.

This is my first experience with Hyperion. I had quick shipping and good service. The eagle is an excellent device for controlling my telescope and camera. It is a powerful pc.

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ECCO
M.R.
Really does the job...

For those who have the Eagle, the ECCO is a great device to monitor and adjust the dew heater. It is very easy to install. You do a short calibration in the advanced settings, be sure the sensor is properly placed, plug in the cables and bingo--all done. Highly recommend it.