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10Micron Remote Power Switch

Product Number: DSP-10M-RS

Manufacturer: Deep Space Products
Price: $65.00
Remote Switch for Powering Up All 10Micron Mounts

This small electronic relay switch is designed specifically for the purpose of remotely turning a 10Micron mount on and off.  The switch requires a 12V AC/DC power supply (low-amp is fine) and a remote-controlled AC power source.  A remote-controlled 12VDC power source (e.g., RIGrunner 4005) can also be used. 

10Micron mounts cannot be turned on (and should not be turned off) by simply supplying power to the mount.  Instead, after power is supplied to the mount, a timed signal must be "sent" to the mount in order for it to power up the computer.  The mount computer (like any computer) can be properly powered down in the same fashion or it can be shut down through the virtual hand controller. 

Remote observatories rely on remotely-controlled (often internet) power sources (AC or DC) which can be utilized for turning equipment on and off and in this case the remote-controlled power source will be used to turn on (or off) the 10Micron mount.  The remote switch is used by connecting the 12VDC power source to the "12VDC In" socket (2.1x5.5 mm standard power plug) and connecting the "10Micron Switch In" to the mount's computer with the audio-style cable supplied with the mount.  The switch is actuated by simply supplying power to the 12VDC power source which then sends the appropriate timed signal required to turn on the mount.  If a 12V AC/DC power source connected to a remote AC power supply is used, then we recommend energizing the AC/DC power supply for 10 seconds (or more) after which it should be turned back off (10 seconds is suggested to ensure that the AC/DC power supply has fully energized and powered the remote switch).  With a direct 12VDC power supply, a 5-second (or more) power-on sequence should be sufficient since that type of power supply usually supplies 12 volts immediately.  The timed signal that the mount requires is 3 seconds long so the remote switch needs to be powered for longer than 3 seconds.  In order to shut down the mount (if not using the shut-down command in the virtual hand pad), the 12VDC power supply needs only to be energized again for 5 to 10 seconds as above in order for the mount computer to enter into its shutdown routine.

The switch is constructed with a 80 x 54 x 23mm (3.15 x 2.13 x 0.91 in.) durable aluminum case and weighs less than 4 oz.  The switch is warranted for 12 months.

Custom switches that operate off a remote controlled USB port/hub with individually activated USB sockets (i.e., 5VDC power) can also be supplied upon request.

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