ALTO telescope cover motor offers USB and 12V power passthrough plugs to improve cables management when you use it together with GIOTTO smart flat field generator. In fact on one side of the ALTO you will find a 12V and USB port (type-C) to connect to your computer and to provide power. On the opposite side you find the USB-B port to connect to USB-C port of GIOTTO and 12V power out port to connect to 12V power port of GIOTTO. This way, in order to use both ALTO and GIOTTO, you do not have to connect multiple USB and power cables to each device. The two devices will be recognized by the control computer as separate devices in device manager and you will be able to control them individually from your software. In order to connect USB and power cables for ALTO and GIOTTO, please follow this procedure:
1) Connect the “12V power cable with 5.5/2.5 plug on both ends” between 12V OUT power passthrough plug of the ALTO (that is close to the USB-B port on the opposite side of the USB-C port) to GIOTTO’s 12V power port. This will provide 12V power to GIOTTO through ALTO, without the need to connect it to an external 12V power unit. You can attach this cable along GIOTTO body by using the Cable Locking Clip and then lock on the rotating Cable Locking Clip that is present on the ALTO body.
2) Connect the “USB-C to USB-B cable” between USB-B port of the ALTO to USB-C port of the GIOTTO. This will allow the computer to control GIOTTO through ALTO, without the need to connect GIOTTO with another USB cable. You can attach this cable along GIOTTO body by using the Cable Locking Clip and then lock on the rotating Cable Locking Clip that is present on the ALTO body.
3) Connect a 12v power cable (not included with ALTO) from the 12V DC power in port of the ALTO panel (close to the USB-C port) to your 12V power source or to the EAGLE. This will provide 12V power to both ALTO and GIOTTO.
4) Connect a USB-C cable (not included with ALTO – please use the one provided with GIOTTO) from the USB-C port of the ALTO panel to one of the USB-A ports of your EAGLE or standard Windows computer. This will allow your EAGLE or standard Windows computer to recognize two different COM devices and control both of them.
After you fixed the USB and 12V power cables with the Cable Locking Clips, if you want to remove the cables you have to use a small tool (like a screwdriver) in order to remove the clip. In this case please take care not to break the clip with the screwdriver since the clip is made up of plastic and it may break if you apply too much force.