* User programmable up to 30,000 objects
* Currently there are ten popular astronomical catalogs available for download with more to come.
The new Flash 4 Sky Commander transforms your telescope into an efficient observing tool. Locate and identify objects within seconds, even in light polluted skies. Spend valuable observing hours at the eyepiece instead of hunting objects. "Zero-in" the telescope to celestial objects. Just move the scope until the "difference reading" of the object you selected is zero. It's just that easy! Identify unknown objects in a real time search and identify mode. Any object within 0.5 degrees is identified and displayed instantly. Other features include 32 character super twist LCD information display with backlight dimmer control, battery monitor, magnitude filter. Best of all, the Flash 4 uses the simple, time tested two star alignment. The Sky Commander has an extensive 16,000 object data base including NGC, Messier, UGC, IC, planets and 200 programmable objects. Complete with computer, 10,000 step encoders, custom made cables and truss telescope mounting hardware. We have hardware to fit most alt/az mounted telescopes.
The Flash 4 Sky Commander is supplied with a computer interface cable, manual can be downloaded from www.skyeng.com/.
Sky Commander XP4 Instructions including Astrosystems (#1) and Obsession (#2) Lightbridge (#4) hardware addendum.
The following astronomy programs (and others) for the PC, and some Mac, support communications with the Sky Commander:
"The Sky" www.bisque.com
"Megastar 5.0" www.willbell.com
"Guide 8.0" www.projectpluto.com
"Earth Centered Universe" www.nova-astro.com
"Sky Tools 2" www.skyhound.com
"Sky Map Pro 10" www.skymap.com
"Starry Night Pro" www.skyandtelescope.com
"AstroPlanner by iLanga Inc." www.ilangainc.com/astroplanner/
|Catalog Size||16,000, upgradeable to 30,000+||Search Mode, Constellation||Yes|
|Processor||8 bit 68HC11||Search Mode, Radius||Yes, 0.5 degree|
|User Catalog||Yes||Catalog by Name||Yes, Double Stars|
|Display||32 character LCD, yellow Green||Planet Position||Yes, better that 0.1 arc minute|
|Display Brightness Settings||3||Equatorial Platform Compatible||Yes|
|Display||RA/DEC or ALT/AZ||Platform Two Star Align||Yes|
|Display Resolution||0.1 deg, upgradeable to 0.01 deg.||Polar Equatorial Mode||Yes|
|Display Heater||Yes||Realign on Object||Yes|
|Sidereal Timer||Yes||Serial Support||Yes|
|Encoder Resolution||10,000, upgradeable to 32,767||ServoCAT Support||Yes|
|Encoder Test Mode||Yes (in upgrade)||Sky Tracker Support||Yes|
|Encoder Mode Display||Yes, (via RS-232)||Weight||8 oz|
|Encoder Sample Rate||2000/sec. (moving) 1000/sec. stationary||Battery Monitor||Yes|
|Search Mode, Magnitude||Yes||Power||9V gives ~40 hours operation|
|Complete Set||Flash 4 computer, 10,000 encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 1*||$499.00||3 lbs.|
|Complete Set||Flash 4 computer, 10,000 encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 2*||$549.00||4 lbs.|
|Complete Set||Flash 4 computer, 10,000 encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 3*||$499.00||4 lbs.|
|Complete Set||Flash 4 computer, 10,000 encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 4*||$525.00||4 lbs.|
|Complete Set||Flash 4 computer, 10,000 encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 5*||$549.00||4 lbs.|
|Flash 4 Computer||Computer only||$299.00||1 lb.|
|Encoder||10,000 step with low profile phone plug module||$80.00||1/2 lb.|
|Encoder *new*||32,000 step with low profile phone plug module||110.00||1/2 lb.|
|Cable Set||specify cable lengths or telescope size (up to 22")||$30.00||1 lb.|
|Cable Set||specify cable lengths or telescope size (24" to 36")||$45.00||2 lbs.|
|Computer Cable||Planetarium Software Interface Cable 12' or 20'||$15.00||1 lb.|
|Hardware Set 1||Telescopes with no side protrusions ( TeleKit, Starmaster, Discovery, see photo 1)||$70.00||2 lbs.|
|Hardware Set 1||Same as above with drilled azimuth pivot bolt (state size and length)||$75.00||2 lbs.|
|Hardware Set 2||
Telescopes with exterior mount blocks, includes azimuth pivot bolt (state size and length)
(Obsession, others with protrusions on side of Mirror box, see photo 2)
|Hardware Set 3||Orion, Hardin others with spring tensioned altitude bearings||$150.00||2 lbs.|
|Hardware Set 4||Lightbridge||$70.00||2 lbs.|
|Hardware Set 5||Zhumell, Apertura, GSO and Astro-Tech with altitude tension knob||$175.00||2 lbs.|
|Mirror Box Mount||Baltic Birch Mirror Box Mount with Hardware||$25.00||1 lb.|
* To Order please state telescope size and altitude bearing diameter for correct cable length and tangent arm length.
Hardware set #1 (Flush sided as with a TeleKit) is shown at left below in Photo 1.
Hardware set #2 (side protrusions as with a Obsession) is shown below in Photo 2.
Hardware Set #3 Orion, Hardin other scopes with spring tensioned altitude bearings.
Hardware Set #4 Meade Lightbridge.
Hardware Set #5 Zhumell, Apertura, GSO, Astro-Tech with altitude tension knob.
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Photo 1, complete Flash 4 system with hardware set #1.
Photo 2. This is altitude portion of hardware kit #2 shown on a 20" Obsession, complete hardware set #2 shown at right.
This is the configuration used on hardware set 1. The encoder is mounted with it's shaft facing away from the telescope. The side of the mirror box can have no components that protrude off the side to interfere with the tangent arm when moved.