Introducing the USB Rotator System

The USB Rotator is a unique, relatively low cost, stepper motor driven system for rotating a 1.0″ (25 mm) optical element. It is powered and controlled solely by a standard USB port. This system provides the method of rotary motion control unmatched in size, simplicity, and ease of use.

The USB Rotator includes a Windows based application software that runs on any standard PC with Windows-XP or higher and a USB port. This user interface provides an easy to use method for positional control. All positioning movements are monitored with an absolute position sensor.

System Features

  • USB powered and controlled optical rotator.
  • Holds standard 1.0” (25mm) optics with 1.0” mounting/retaining rings.
  • Ring clamp with thumb screws provided for larger (35 mm) optics.
  • 90 degree rotation with 200 steps of resolution (about 0.5 deg/step).
  • Mounts on standard optical tables with ¼-20 /M6 screws on 1.0”/ 25mm centers.
  • Motorized or manual override control of the Rotator’s position.
  • Low power, motor is energized only when the rotator is moving.
  • Absolute positional sensing is used to insure proper positioning, no homing required.
  • USB hot pluggable with auto-detection.
  • Easy to use Windows (XP and higher) based User Interface software, DLL file included.
  • Multiple Rotators can be operated with an externally powered USB Hub and cables.

USB Rotator Software

The provided Windows based user interface can control a single USB-Rotator. Status (red/green) indicators on the panel will provide indication of whether the Rotator is properly connected to the USB hub/port and its positional location. The Run, Stop and arrow buttons are clicked with the mouse to move the Rotator to a new position. Each is identified by its serial number located on its base. A descriptive label can also be assigned to each unit. The assignment is stored with the serial number.

Further Details

Cost: $985 each, plus shipping and handling.

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