Received the focuser today, stunned I was. After reading John Z's post about his experience ordering from Astronomics, I cancelled my order with Celestron direct, which was on backorder til Feb 2nd... Placed my order with Astronomics Wednesday night, and received it mid-day on Friday, standard shipping... wow... just wow...
I found the installation instructions to be very clear and detailed enough that I had no problems fixing the focuser to my Nexstar 6 SE. Just read it step by step and don't skip ahead... voila, not one problem at all, very nice.
Of course the first thing I did was test it with the Starsense Hand Control, calibration, focus in and out, speed/rate... works great. Right away I could tell that large movements after adding a reducer/barlow etc. will be no concern at it's highest rate, and the finest of focus tweaks at the highest magnification would also be easy. Far better than my previous motorized focuser. Way Far.
Removed the Starsense HC, and connected laptop via SkyPortal WiFi Accessory with the Focuser connected via AUX... Tested the Focuser with Celestron PWI... great success. Couldn't be happier
(In fact a brilliant 'ecosystem' with mount, starsense, skysync, skyportal, focuser, and beta CPWI under development)
Also tested the new Focuser with the ASCOM driver connected via USB, again, great success with both the Celestron Focus Utility and within Sharpcap.
This is truly a great focuser for Celestron, with the ability to communicate via AUX or USB, and to be powered via AUX, USB, or direct 12v. Very versatile.
With focus control integrated right into the Celestron HC, needing only one cable for both power and communication, with or without laptop this is a game changer. Big Win Celestron!