Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2
Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2
If you are tired of carrying multiple power packs and dealing with a mess of power and data cables, the Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2, a sophisticated power control unit, is the “Ultimate” solution. The idea is an enclosure that makes a sufficient number of amperes available. No cables disturb the movements of the mount and the instrument, only the main power cord, and one USB data cord is attached to the Ultimate Powerbox v2 and then branch off the other cables powering all devices.
The Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 features all-around improved electronics compared to the original predecessor.
A USB3.1 Hub has been added so you can switch on/off each USB port, more power outputs, more dew heaters, a new stepper controller that can drive any stepper motor in the astronomy market as well as expansion ports for future devices that will communicate with the UPBv2 Controller!
The Ultimate Powerbox v2 Main Features:
- 4 x 12V Smart Outputs,
- 3 x PWM duty cycle channels for your Dew Heaters or Flat panel / Fans
- a USB3.1 SuperSpeed, 5 Gbit/s Industrial Grade Powered Hub that includes 4 x USB3.1 and 2 x USB2 available ports (6 USB ports in total)
- a Unipolar/Bipolar Stepper Motor Controller
- a Variable / Regulated Output of 3Amps
- a 12V / always ON Output
- Environmental & Power readings
fit all requirements, good produts
Not to my expectations
I was excited when Pegasus announced this new version and its compatibility with my specific focuser motor (Starlight Instruments HSM30) and after their email confirmation re compatibility I purchased it. Upon testing the stepper motor functions, using the special custom RJ45 cable I was disappointed to notice the motor was just vibrating a bit rather than spinning when sending move commands. I reported this to OPT who were kind to immediately offer a replacement assuming the device was faulty. In the mean time I tested other features of the device and encountered issues with the current display (The individual current display on each power output). I connected my 12VDC Focuser controller to one of the power outputs and there was no current showing although when I measured the current with my multi-meter it measured 0.7A. I also connected 2 dew straps to the dew heaters outputs, they were both heated up when I adjusted the power output but the current reading was only displayed on one of them even at max output, I tried swapping around the dew straps but the current didn't show on the same one. I experienced same problems with the replacement UPB, the motor this time spun but very coarsely and was vibrating more than spinning and heated up so I disconnected and never tried again. The problem with the current readings occurred again with the replacement. Overall I was disappointed, mainly because of the focus control incompatibility OPT were quick with their responses and support and they refunded me for the device and the other related items.
Not only does it replace my USB hub, but my Powerpole hub as well, AND my Rigel focus motor controller. Totally great!
Un producto que se debe tener
¡Este dispositivo es imprescindible! Es una solución perfecta para la gestión de cables, pero lo más importante para el control remoto del equipo de astrofotografía, está muy bien diseñado, es compacto, liviano, el software es muy útil e intuitivo, lo que permite controlar completamente todos los equipos conectados a él, Al proporcionar un control individual de los 4 tomacorrientes, con monitoreo individual de voltaje y amperaje, y protección contra sobrevoltaje, cada puerto puede entregar hasta 7A 12V DC, una salida de voltaje variable (a través del software) y una siempre encendida con un tomacorriente de 12v, total la capacidad de carga es de 20 amperios, también el concentrador USB de grado industrial alimentado con 6 puertos se puede encender o apagar individualmente, hay 4 puertos USB 3.1 y dos puertos USB 2, cada puerto puede entregar hasta 2.7 amperios, proporciona una velocidad de transferencia de 5 gigabits, su sensor ambiental proporciona información sobre la temperatura ambiente, la humedad relativa y el punto de rocío, lo que permite el control individual del rocío a través de 3 salidas de calentador de rocío tipo RCA, ya sea manual o automático control ic. también se puede usar para un control de caja plana, su controlador de enfoque interno permite un control completo del enfoque, en general creo que es una gran adición a mi equipo de astrofotografía
A must have device
This device is a must have!! Is a perfect solution for cable management, but more importantly for remote control of the astrophotography gear, it is very well designed, it’s compact, light weight, the software is very useful and intuitive, allowing to fully control all the equipment connected to it, providing individual control of the 4 power outlets, with individual voltage and amperage monitoring, and over voltage protection, each port can deliver up to 7A 12V DC, one variable (via software) voltage output, and one always powered on with 12v outlet, the total load capacity is 20 Amps, also the powered industrial grade USB Hub with 6 ports can be individually switched on or off, there are 4 USB 3.1 and two USB 2 ports, each port can deliver up to 2.7 amps, it provides a transfer rate of 5 gigabits, it’s environmental sensor provides information about the ambient temperature, relative humidity and dew point, allowing individual dew control through 3 dew heater outputs RCA type, allowing either manual or automatic control. it can also be used for a flat box control, it’s internal focuser controller allows full focuser control, overall I think it’s a great addition to my astrophotography gear