"Helping Astronomers Measure The Stars Since 1979"

Optec is a design and manufacturing firm specializing in electro-optical products used in astronomy, atmospheric science and microscopy. We are located in the town of Lowell, Michigan near the banks of the Grand River. Our company is small but we utilize state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in the design and manufacture of our products.

Available Now!  - Gemini Focusing Rotator

Introducing a new heavy duty combination rotator and focuser now available for purchase. Capable of handling extremely large camera loads, the Gemini Focusing Rotator will offer a level of performance unparalleled by anything in its price range. 

Announced and available at NEAF 2015, the Gemini can now be ordered for May delivery. 

Visit our dedicated Gemini webpages for additional details and ordering information. 

Based upon the success of the FocusLynx Control system, the new Gemini can be controlled through serial, USB, wired Ethernet and 802.11b WiFi networks.  Gemini features two stepper motors with rotation and focus in one compact device.  At only 2-1/4" thickness and 1/2-inch of travel, the Gemini will fit telescopes and long camera packages that previously could not be supported. 

Contact us by email (sales@optecinc.com) or join the Optec Yahoo Group for notifications as details become available.

Available Now - Optec ASCOM Server beta version

ASCOM StandardsOptec ASCOM ServerOptec has developed an ASCOM Local Server that allows any ASCOM device to function with multiple clients thorugh a single driver.  For instance, if you have any manufacturer's serial ASCOM device and are tired of having to disconnect and re-connect between programs several times throughout the night, the Optec ASCOM Server will allow all your ASCOM clients such as Maxim D/L, ACP, Sequence Generator Pro or CCD AutoPilot to share the device simply and easily.  The Optec ASCOM Server is an elegant solution to an old problem. 

Download Optec AltAz Server softwarerDownload the Optec ASCOM Server and give it a try today!

#19070 - Alnitak Astrosystems Flip-Mask

Remotely Controlled Bahtinov Mask

Building on the success of the Alnitak Astrosystems Flip-Flat, Optec has designed two new products:  a robotic Remote Dust Cover for larger OTA's in remote locations, and the remotely controlled Bahtinov Mask.

Contact Optec to order your custom Flip-Mask today!

#19075 - Alnitak Remote Dust Cover

Some of our customers have been testing the new Flip-Mask Dust Cover in various sizes for a variety of OTA's.  One beta-tester provided the video above showing the new Remote Dust Cover mounted on his Deep Sky Instruments RC14 telescope. 

Contact Optec sales to order this new Alnitak device to fit your telescope. Prices starting at just $395 (Stock no. 19075).

#19706  TCF-Lynx3,  3-inch Temperature Compensating Focuser

TCF-Lynx3 3-inch FocuserCombining the versatility of the FocusLynx Focuser Control Hub and the extreme robust mechanical design of the original TCF-S3 3-inch Temperature Compensating Focuser, the new TCF-Lynx3 combines the best of both worlds!  Our new stock #19706 includes a new low-impedance 50:1 gearhead bipolar stepper motor and the new FocusLynx control hub with capability to drive a second focuser, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or USB/serial connectivity. 

The TCF-Lynx3 along with our new 3-inch to 2-inch and 2-inch to 1-1/4 inch self-centering compression collars shown above help to create the most robust and concentric hardware focuser solution available. 

Astro-Physics Spacers and Extensions

AP 2.7 Extension Sets Now Available

New spacer andAP 2.7-inch Telescope Adapters extension tube sets for the AstroPhysics AP2.7 and Deep Sky Instruments DSI 3.5 thread. Updated thread specifications are now available.

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