#19070 - Alnitak Astrosystems Flip-Mask

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Remotely Controlled Bahtinov Mask

This product is made to order based on size. Please contact sales@optecinc.com for more information.

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 Flip-Mask, remotely controlled Bahtinov Mask.

A number of our customers have asked that we offer a way to introduce a diffraction mask into the light path for remote observatories. Our solution is the Flip-Mask. With this new device and proven Alnitak software, automated scripting programs such as Sequence Generator Pro, ACP, CCD Autopilot, and Maxim D/L can be configured to automatically position a custom size Bahtinov Mask for precision focusing, then remotely move it out of the path once focus is achieved and verified.

Optec masks are precision cut on our in-house laser engraving /cutting machine up to 12-inches in diameter. Contact Optec Sales if you have a different preferred diffraction mask or wish to adapt a mask you already own. Some weight limitations may apply.

  • Bahtinov Mask Diameter:    Customer Request - up to 12" (30 cm)
  • Control Box Dimensions: 2.25" x 3.15" x 4.2"  (57 x 80 x 106mm)
  • Weight:     Approximately 1.1 lb. (0.5 kg)
  • Pivot Arm:    6.1" (155mm) length
  • Range of Pivot Arm:  95-degrees,
  • Power requirements:  5VDC provided by USB interface,
  • Alnitak Software Compatibility:  Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.
  • Command Line Program:  AACmd.exe

  • Bahtinov Mask (user specified size)
  • Motor Controller
  • Cover arm
  • OTA mount bracket
  • Industrial zip straps
  • USB cable

The Alnitak Control Software can be downloaded from our downloads page and includes the AACmd command line program for use with ACP, CCD AutoPilot, Maxim D/L and other astronomy automation programs.

Visit the Alnitak Downloads page for the latest Quick Start Guide,  Alnitak Installation Manual and Software Reference Guide, and Serial Command List.

The Flip-Flat is fully integrated into CCD Autopilot by using our command line program, AACmd. See CCD Autopilot’s Flip-Flat help page for full details.  AACmd can also be used by scripts and batch files to automatically control the Dust Cover. See the Downloads page for additional details.