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Optec - IFW 2" Intelligent Filter Selector System.

Model#: 17350

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Optec 2" IFW Intelligent Filter Wheel

The IFW 2" Intelligent Filter Wheel is an easy-to-use filter wheel designed to maximize the color imaging capabilities of any astrophotographer. The IFW is so named because it is capable of storing and recalling filter names and locations for up to twenty-five filters over multiple wheels. No longer will you have to worry about mistakenly using the wrong filter for the job, as the IFW control box does all of the work! Moreover, changing filters and wheels is an easy task that does not require removing the filter wheel from the telescope. Complete lines of 50mm and 2" filters are available for the IFW, covering all of the filter standards, including LRGB, H-alpha, OIII, Luminance, and UVBRI bands.

The Optec Intelligent Filter Wheel brings to astronomy a new level of sophisticated equipment for the benefit of the astro-imager. Astro-imaging in this age of astronomy requires the use of many color filters and the management of these filters during an observational session can sometimes be confusing. The use of the wrong filter could easily spoil an otherwise successful imaging run.

                                                                   

Includes:

IFW filter selector system with integrated stepper motor, intelligent controller box with SBIG CFW-8 emulation and PC serial modes. A 12 VDC power supply included. Order telescope mount, mounting ring, control cable, PC control cable, filter wheels and filters separately.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Optec Intelligent Filter Wheel brings to astronomy a new level of sophisticated equipment for the benefit of the astro-imager. Astro-imaging in this age of astronomy requires the use of many color filters and the management of these filters during an observational session can sometimes be confusing. The use of the wrong filter could easily spoil an otherwise successful imaging run.

The Optec IFW has the ability to determine the identification (ID) of a particular wheel and apply that wheel ID to a preprogrammed set of filters. The names, not just position numbers of these filters, are read on the eight character display and are also available to the camera operating software via a serial interface using a simple command structure. Up to 5 different filter wheels can have separate IDs and each wheel can have up to 5 filters for a total of 25 identifiable filters.

The IFW filter wheel can easily be removed from the IFW system without tools or removal from the telescope. A hinged door is secured by a single captive thumbscrew. Once opened, the wheel can be extracted and another inserted in its place. The entire process takes only a few seconds. See the short movie on the "More Info" page.

Hitting the HOME switch on the hand control or invoking the HOME function in the operating program will set the wheel to position one and bring up the available filters for that wheel.

The IFW is not intended to be mounted close to the camera. The large filter size allow for mounting some inches away without vignetting the CCD. Dust specs on filters mounted close to the CCD will cause shadows which are hard to flat field out if the filter registration is not pixel perfect. When the filters are far removed from the CCD, the shadows are eliminated.

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Name Optec - IFW 2" Intelligent Filter Selector System.
Manufacturer Optec
Model 17350