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Remote Control Slew


CORDLESS HAND CONTROL

Owners of the Dual-axis Platforms will especially like this accessory. Imagine a small wireless push button pad that you can slip into your pocket and use to slew your scope. No more long wires dangling down from the eyepiece to the Platform, getting in the way of ladders and winding around the telescope.
This Cordless Remote is an easy-to-hold little unit. Designed to be a remote for digital slide projectors, it has been adapted for use with our Dual-axis PIatforms. There are four buttons that control the direction and movement of the slew. Below the direction button cluster is a button for turning on the fast slew, one for turning off the fast slew and one for a red laser beam (reflecting its original use).
Unlike the stock hand control, this new Cordless Remote just requires pushing one button for the fast slew. Very convenient!
Included with the Remote is a small box called the "Base Station" that easily plugs right into the control panel of the Platform. All necessary wiring is included. The whole package is priced at $295.00, plus $18 shipping. No shipping charge if the Remote is ordered with a Platform. In that case we do all the installing of the Base Station and field testing of the unit.

Here is a review of the Remote Slew Control written by renowned visual viewer, Howard Banich:

"I was lucky enough to have been a beta-tester for the cordless hand controller and was able to test it for two months of observing in varying conditions in the Pacific Northwest. I've had the standard hand controller for a little over two years and found I was using it less and less because I didn't want to mess with the cord. As soon as I tried the cordless version I was hooked. I could control the most minute movement of the scope while holding the cordless hand controller in my pocket. I particularly like function that enables each direction button to be toggled to either a fast slew or a slow slew. This beats having to press two buttons to get a fast slew as on the original hand controller. This translated to using the cordless hand controller for most of my observations - essentially any time I had the magnification over 200x on my 20" f/5 I used the unit. The higher the magnification the most useful it became. The most extreme example of this was on one exceptionally steady night at Steens Mountain, Oregon when I was able to use 1250x on the Ring Nebula. The Ring nearly filled the field of view at this magnification and the cordless hand controller not only made centering the nebula a snap, but it was also great fun to sweep along the perimeter of the nebula to soak in the subtle details. Galaxy clusters were just as much fun - slewing from one galaxy to the next while keeping my hands in my pockets was a blast. Two other nice features was not having to worry about stepping on the long cord of the original controller (done that a couple of times) and not having to wind up and put away the cord when breaking down the scope for the night. I only unplugged the power to the receiver, put the controller in my observing vest pocket and they were ready to go for the next observing session.
To say I'm sold is an understatement."

Howard Banich       

Here is a link to the Cordless Remote's User Manual.