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Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2

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Pegasus Astro
PEG-UPBV2
$755

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Ultimate Powerbox v2 (UPBv2 in short) is the successor of our renowned Ultimate Powerbox. You asked for more features, we kept our promise:

A USB3.1 Hub was added -you can switch on/off each USB port –, more power outputs, more dew heaters, α new stepper controller that can drive any stepper motor in the astronomy market as well as an expansion ports for future devices that will communicate with the UPBv2 Controller!

A new “face-lifted” enclosure comes with the Ultimate Powerbox v2.

If you are tired of carrying multiple power packs and dealing with a mess of power and data cables, our Ultimate Powerbox v2, a sophisticated power control unit, is the “Ultimate” solution. Our 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 from which branch off the other cables powering all devices.

Ultimate Powerbox v2 quick glance:

4 x 12V Smart Outputs,
3 x PWM duty cycle channels for Dew Heaters / Flatpanel / Fans
USB3.1 SuperSpeed, 5 Gbit/s Industrial Grade Powered Hub
Includes 4 x USB3.1 and 2 x USB2 available ports (6 USB ports in total)
Stepper Motor Controller (Can drive nearly any stepper motor in the astro -market Unipolar or Bipolar)
Variable / Software Configured 3-12V / Regulated Output of 3Amps
12V / Always ON Output for your mini PC
Environmental & Power readings
In a compact size with plenty of features!

We strongly believe that if you own a remote observatory or you do advanced imaging you are going to love this device!

Power and Data Cable management

Solid Input Socket

A large and solid DC input socket ensures that power cable is always secured in place. Socket is selected to provide all the power you need without voltage drops

DC power cable is included in the package

More than 20A of total power

Controller has been designed to support up to 20 Amps of total input current.

* Please notice that Ultimate Powerbox v2 is not a powerbank. It requires an external power source (battery or PSU) to receive its power.

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.

Metal & good quality output sockets ensure that will provide all the juice you need and can secure in place your extension power cables

Built in Power Sensors

A precise voltmeter and an ampmeter (can measure up to 30A) measure and display in real time your power input. If the input is more than 14.5V the power is instantly cut off to protect your equipment.

Individual Current Meter per 12V port and Dew Heaters

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

Stand Alone Software

Our modern standalone software has a neat dark skin! Control all Ultimate Powerbox v2 features from this software. Receive metrics, View and zoom into graphs, name your outputs, tune every setting of your Ultimate Powerbox v2 quickly and easily.

Industrial 6 port powered USB3.1 SuperSpeed Hub

An industrial grade USB3.1 Hub controller ensures that this USB hub will work flawlessly from temperatures of -40°C to +80°C.

A neat feature is that each USB port can be switched ON/OFF individually by the software. A device was stuck and you had to re-plug the socket in the middle of a cold night? No problem! Just locate the port, click the ON /OFF switch in our software and you recycle the USB port . Simple as that!

At the back of the UPBv2 you can locate:

  • 4 x USB 3.1 Super Speed ports
  • 2 x USB 2 High Speed ports

Each USB port provides up to 2.5Amps. All USB ports include an electronic short circuit and overload electronic protection.

Embedded Stepper Motor Controller

A stepper motor controller will precisely move your focuser. The controller drives a Pegasus Motor or any other stepper motor in the market (Unipolar or Bipolar) e.g. Rigel, Robofocus, Moonlight Motor.

Make sure you have the correct cable for your motor. Every manufacturer uses its own pinout. Contact us if you have any question for the type of your motor.

Supported Stepper Motors

Pegasus Motor Focus Kit (v1/v2) Requires RJ45 to RJ45 common straight network cable
Robofocus Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Moonlite Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Lakeside Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Starlight HSM 20,30,35 Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-HSM
Starlight MSM 20,30,35 Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-MSM
Starlight  DirectSync motors Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-HSM
Starizona Microtouch Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-MSM
Rigel nStep motor Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-MSM
Starlight POSI Drive Motor Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-HSM
Lacerta Motor Ask for cable: PEG-CMOT-LCRT

Backlash compensation is already implemented in the firmware and can be enabled, tuned and disabled from the software. A fully ASCOM6 focuser driver is already available.

Three channel duty cycle PWM outputs

Three Pulse width modulation (PWM) outlets are capable to provide power to your “thirsty” Dew Heaters / Flatpanels or Telescope Fans. Eliminate the moisture that is fuzzing your equipment and destroying your clear nights. These outlets can be remotely tuned from your laptop using the supplied software.

A Variable & Voltage Regulated Output

One regulated output that can provide up to 3Amps of current is available. You can tune the output from 3 Volt to 12Volt and save this setting in controller’s memory. Every time UPBv2 boots the port will be tuned to the stored voltage setting,

Always ON – 12V Output

One unregulated 12V output can provide up to 8Amps. So, In addition with the Smart 4 x 12V outputs you have one more to connect additional equipment. This 12V output port stays always ON!

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)


Hint: To drive a second stepper motor via UPBv2 check our optional product for focus expansion capabilities:
eXternal Motor Controller (XMC)

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 Ultimate Powerbox v2 decide if it is time to switch on your dew heaters.

Notice: You can select which Dew Heater output is controller by the “Auto Dew” function.

ASCOM 6 fully supported

Ultimate powerbox fully supports ASCOM6. In combination with our main program which acts as a server you 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 /NINA )  (ASCOM ObservingConditions)
  • Switch ON or OFF all 12V outputs. (ASCOM Switches – NINA/ MaximDL)
Above screenshot shows ASCOM Observing Conditions and Focus Driver in combination with Sequencer Generator Pro

 

INDI support

Ultimate Powerbox v2 is fully supported by INDI and INDIGO

Fully compatible with StellarMate

RPI3 & RPI4

TheSkyX native plugin support

A multi platform plugin for OSX (macOS), Windows, Linux (Ubuntu) and Raspberry PI is available.

For more information visit RTI-ZONE website (3rd party plugin).

Native Support at NI.NA.

Thanks to NINA developers the Ultimate Powerbox v2 is fully supported via native drivers

External brackets support

We provide an optional pair of brackets to grab the Ultimate Powerbox 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 for power and failure states

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. Our led is very dim but in case you don’t like it on you can switch it off via the software.

Power Cables are included in the package

Four (4) power cable of DC 2.1mm to 2.1mm male (1m) are included in the package. Cables are thick enough to support up to 6Amps of current.

External Environmental Sensor

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

Zoomable  and Exportable Graphs for Power and Environment values

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.

Timer to shutdown outputs

Choose the time and start timer to shutdown output ports when you schedule it.

Memory persistence outputs on startups

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

USB3.1 Connectivity

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 ready to go.

Reverse Polarity Protection

Ultimate Powerbox has been design 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

Firmware supports re-programming via the USB connection using upgrade software ((only available for Windows), for future upgrades which may become available. We constantly receive feedback from our customers and keep updating the firmware and software with new features.

Compact Size and Lightweight

A blue anodized aluminum compact sized box enclose 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).

In the box

Ultimate Powerbox v2 enclosure ✔
Temperature / Humidity Sensor ✔
4 x Power DC 2.1 to 2.1 male cable (1m) ✔
DC Cable (2m) to Cigarette Lighter Adapter (10A fused) ✔
USB3 Cable Type B (1.8m) ✔

Optional Accessories

External Brackets

Losmandy plate

Small Factor PC Base Plate for UPBv2

An anodised aluminium base plate to securely mount your small factor PC (e.g Intel NUC) on top of the UPBv2.
Top Plate for UPBv2 Installation Guide

EZY Focus Hand Controller

Documentation

Motor Cable Pinout

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, You can drive lots of stepper motors in the astro-market by using the eXternal Motor Controller was designed to expand the focus capabilities of the Ultimate Powerbox v2 (supports a 2nd focus controller).

Supported Motors

We have successfully tested and controlled the following stepper motors:

Please note that each motor requires its own cable due to different pin-out selection of each manufacturer. * We optionally provide any of these cables. Check cable type SKU at below table.

STEPPER MOTOR CABLE TYPE
Pegasus Motor Focus (v1 & v2) Straight RJ45 Network Cable
Starlight HSM 25 / 30 / 35 PEG-CMOT-HSM
Starlight MSM 25 / 30 / 35 PEG-CMOT-MSM
Starizona Micro-Touch PEG-CMOT-MSM
Rigel nStep Motors PEG-CMOT-MSM
Moonlite Stepper Motor PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Robofocus Stepper Motor PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Lakeside Stepper Motor PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Lacerta Motor PEG-CMOT-LCRT

Yes 100%. There are native drivers for both platforms.

Ultimate Powerbox and Ultimate Powerbox v2 have a 3rd party X2 Plugin that works flawlessly with TheSkyX.

TheSkyX X2 plugin for Ultimate Powerbox v2
TheSkyX X2 plugin for Ultimate Powerbox (v1)

Please check https://pegasusastro.com/support/ for more information

No, Powerbox relays and distributes power from an external power source. It does not have batteries inside so it cannot store energy.


UPBv1: 6th USB port deliver up to 3Amps of current

UPBv2: Each USB port provides up to 2.5Amps of current.

Powerbox Advance: First USB3 native port can deliver up to 3Amps. All other USB3 ports deliver up to 900mA

Please check our powerful and dead accurate Motor Focus Kit (Universal or SCT model)

Please check the Powerbox comparison table at the bottom of this page

All electronic components are selected to support temperature ranges from -40 to +80 °C. Moreover, UPBv2 USB3.1 Hub controller is an industrial grade model which fully complies with this temperature range.

All of our Powerbox products have an input reverse polarity protection. Device will not power on and of course will not allow any voltage to leak to outputs.

All Powerbox products have an internal protection for their 12V outputs. In less that 5 milliseconds controller will cut off the power of the output and a warning message will be appeared on the software.

Device has a USB short-circuit / overcurrent protection per port. It will instantly isolate/disable the selected USB port. Just remove the USB device and re-plug it to bring it to life.

We strongly suggest to use our certified 12V/10A sealed type power supply unit.. Cheap PSU might cause voltage drops on high load and introduce ripple effect. This will cause issues and artefacts to your precious CCD Camera.
A battery (deep cycle type is suggested) is also an option but you will have to calculate your average load and the time you can use the battery.

We really don’t support this idea. Why to buy something and pay noticeable amount of money for a mini PC that will be obsolete (for its specification) after 6-12 months? We strongly suggest to just get a mini factor PC (E.g Intel NUC), plug it on a 12V output and use it as your astro-computer.! If you don’t like it after some time, buy another one with higher specs and lower price for sure! Check the user shots for an example of this approach!

Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

Shipping

We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.

When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.

Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.

Typographical Errors and Order Cancellations

Telescopes Canada reserves the right to cancel an order due to an error in pricing by Telescopes Canada or one of our suppliers, equipment being no longer obtainable, or other events which are out of our control.

Client-Initiated Cancellations

Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.

Technical Specifications

Supply Voltage: 12V-14V DC (Reverse Polarity Protected)
Power Input Connector XT60 Female
Connectivity USB3 – Type B USB Connector
4 x 12 Outputs Maximum Current 6.5A each.
2.1mm Center Positive
Sense/ Ampmeter in each port
Software: ON/OFF
3 Channel x 12 PWM Outputs Maximum Current 6.5A each,
Sense/ Ampmeter in each port
Blue Coloured RCA Connector,
Pulse Width Modulated (Suitable for Dew Heaters / Fans / Flatpanel)
Software: Duty Cycle % / OFF
1 x Variable Output Adjustable via software. 3-12V / 3Amps
1 x Always ON 12V Output 12V passthrough / Always ON / 8 Amps
Stock Sensor Input / EXT 0-100% humidity readings with 2-5% accuracy
-40 to 80°C temperature readings ±0.5°C accuracy
Ampmeter Measures 0 – 30A
Voltmeter Measures 5 – 15V
Superspeed (USB3.1) Industrial 6 port powered Hub Industrial Grade: Temperature range -40°C to +80°C
4 x SuperSpeed (USB3.1) ports (backwards compatible with USB2)
2 x High Speed (USB2)  ports
USB Ports can be switched ON/OFF on demand via software (data + power)
Each USB port can deliver up to 2.2Amps
Stepper Motor Controller Unipolar and Bipolar Stepper motors, max 2.4 Amps (1.2 Amps per phase) – RJ45 socket
Dimensions Size is 135mm x 107mm x 30mm (new enclosure 2020) Weight is 400 grams (14.1 ounces).


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