Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2

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  • 4 x 12V Smart Outputs
  • 3 x PWM duty cycle channels
  • 2 x USB2 available ports (6 USB ports in total)
  • Unipolar/Bipolar Stepper Motor Controller
  • Variable / Regulated Output of 3Amps
  • 12V / always ON Output
  • Environmental & Power Readings
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    Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2

    * Please notice that Ultimate Powerbox is not a power bank. It requires an external power source (battery or Power Supply Unit) You can purchase it here.

    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 portmore 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

    4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment

    Four powerful Smart Mosfet transistors provide “electric juice” to your precious equipment. Sophisticated short circuit and overload per port protections cut the power and report the incident into our software. Every Mosfet is capable to provide up to 7Amps of current.

    Built-in Power Sensors

    A precise voltmeter and an amp meter (can measure up to 30A) measure and display in real time (200 measurements per second) your power input. If the input is more than 13.8V the power is instantly cut off to protect your equipment.

    Individual Current Meter Per 12V Port

    Every 12V output and each Dew Heater current channel has an internal and independent current meter. You can view every port power consumption in the software.

    More than 20A of total power

    The controller has been designed to support up to 20 Amps of total current.

    Stand Alone Software

    The standalone software has a neat dark skin! Control all Ultimate Powerbox features from this software. Receive metrics, View, and zoom into graphs, name your outputs, tune every setting of your Ultimate Powerbox quickly and easily.

    Pegasus Astro Software

    Industrial 6-Port Powered USB3.1 High-Speed Hub

    An industrial USB3.1 port chip ensures that this USB hub will work flawlessly from temperatures of -40°C to +80°C. A nice feature is that USB Hub can be turned ON/OFF by the software. Moreover, USB port No 6 never turns off and supports up to 3A of current. A very handy feature if you have a Compute Stick * and you want to get a 5V input power. All USB ports include a unique short circuit and overload electronic protection.

    Pegasus Astro USB Screen

    If you own an Intel M3/5 PC Stick which has a USB-C socket you will need a USB A -> USB-C “fast charging” cable that can provide 3Amps. Normal USB-C cables have an internal resistor which limits current to 2.2Amps and leads to PC Stick shutdown. 

    Embedded Stepper Motor Controller

    A stepper motor controller will precisely move your focuser. Connect a Pegasus Unipolar Motor or another motor in the market e.g. Rigel, Robofocus, Moonlight Motor. Backlash compensation is already implemented in the firmware and can be enabled, tuned or disabled from the software. A fully ASCOM6 focuser driver is already available.

    Pegasus Astro Compensations

    Two Channel Duty Cycle PWM Outputs

    Two Pulse width modulation (PWM) outlets are capable to provide power to your “thirsty” Dew Heaters. No more moisture fuzzing your equipment and destroying your clear nights. These outlets can be remotely controlled from your laptop using the supplied software.

    Expansion Port (EXT)

    An RJ12 expansion port is available for future devices. Expansion Port allows the connectivity of current and future Pegasus Astro Products. Plugged devices can be controlled from UPB software (ASCOM /INDI / Standalone).

    Pegasus Astro Connectivity Chart

    Auto Adjustment of PWM (Dew Outputs)

    Firmware can auto adjust the PWM Outputs by consulting the environmental sensor Dew Point reading. Just click “Auto” and leave to Intelli Powerbox decide if it is time to switch on your dew heaters.

    ASCOM 6.4 Fully supported

    The Ultimate Powerbox fully supports ASCOM6. In combination with our main program which acts as a server that can use our latest ASCOM 6.4 supplied drivers to:

    • Control Stepper Motor (ASCOM Focuser)
    • Pass environmental settings to supported software (e.g Sequence Generator Pro / MaximDL )  (ASCOM ObservingConditions)
    • Switch ON or OFF all 12V outputs. (ASCOM Switches)
    Ultimate Powerbox ASCOM Environment

     

    Above screenshot shows ASCOM Observing Conditions and Focus Driver in combination with Sequencer Generator Pro

    INDI Fully supported

    Ultimate Powerbox v2 fully supports INDI.

    External brackets support Losmandy / Vixen Plate attachment

    Available is the optional pair of brackets to mount the Ultimate Powerbox v2 device onto a Losmandy 3” or Vixen plate. Both brackets can be screwed on the side of the controller and grab on your telescope.

    LED Indications 

    LED can blink in patterns to warn you regarding important power issues (e.g over or under voltage). Moreover, light can be turned off using the software. The LED is very dim but in case you don’t like it on you can switch it off via the software.

    Power Cables Included

    Four power cables of DC 2.1mm to 2.1mm male (1m) are included in the package.

    External Environmental Sensor

    External one (1) meter temperature & relative humidity sensor is included in the package. Know exactly the environment conditions of your location.  Temperature, humidity and dew point measurements are displayed in the software.

    Zoomable and Exportable Graphs 

    Software logs all voltage, current, temperature, and relative humidity readings. All these plots are zoomable and easily exportable in PNG image & CSV text format. Keep a full record of your night conditions.

    Shutdown Timer

    Choose the time and start a timer to shut down output ports when you schedule it.

    Memory Persistent Outputs on Startup

    You can easily define which output should turn ON during startup. The setting is stored in the system’s EEPROM memory. A neat feature in case of a power failure.

    USB3.1 Connectivity

    The controller is always connected to the USB Hub (7th internal USB port). No extra cable needed. Just connect the USB Hub to your laptop and you are done.

    Reverse Polarity Protection

    Ultimate Powerbox has been designed with a reverse voltage polarity protection. It will definitely save your night if you accidentally connect the main power supply in reverse polarity!

    Watchdog

    A hardware watchdog resets the device if for any reason there is no response from the controller for two seconds. A neat feature in the unlikely event of a controller freeze – when you have a remote observatory and you need to be certain that everything works as expected.

    Upgradable Firmware

    The device is firmware upgradable to support future features and bug fixes.

    Compact and Lightweight

    A blue anodized aluminum compact sized box encloses the controller board. Size is 12cm x 10cm x 3cm (4.72 inch x 4.06 inch x 1.2 inch). Weight is 400 grams (14.1 ounces).

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    JK
    04/26/2020
    Joe K.
    United States United States
    Perfect for all of my needs

    The addition of this powerbox has reduced the cabling off of my mount to TWO!. An ethernet cable from mount to mini pc and power cord for the powerbox. I run my mini pc, asi1600mm pro and filter wheel and two dew heaters. I run my moonlite focuser with this powerbox using the pegasus astro Pegasus Astro RJ45 to DB9 Stepper Motor Cable for Ultimate Powerbox / DMFC # PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB. Everything works great. I have my mini pc mounted on top of this on top of my scope. Highly recommended. Joe in Mobile

    SJ
    11/13/2019
    Sam J.
    Taiwan Taiwan
    Perfect Products

    fit all requirements, good produts

    UA
    10/16/2019
    Uri A.
    Australia Australia
    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.

    MZ
    10/14/2019
    Mark Z.
    United States United States
    Kicks ***!

    Not only does it replace my USB hub, but my Powerpole hub as well, AND my Rigel focus motor controller. Totally great!

    GJ
    07/29/2019
    Gerardo j.
    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

    GJ
    07/29/2019
    Gerardo J.
    United States United States
    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