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TheSkyX Pro X2 Focuser Plugins

This page will have all the X2 Focuser plugins I work on. These are mostly for OS X but some also work on Windows, Linux (Ubuntu) and Raspberry PI-.

As it's hard to get access to the real hardware, I'll give priority to whichever vendor is willing to help. If you own a filter wheel and want OS X or Linux support for TheSkyX Pro, let me know which one. If I can get the protocol documentation, I will try to write a X2 Plugin for it.

Current plugins :

If you want to support the development, you can donate or lend hardware, or donate via PayPal so that I can acquire the hardware myself:

Contact info :

How to access the settings dialog in TheSkyX :

This applies to all my plugins

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Pegasus Astro focuser controllers :

The Pegasus Astro focuser controllers can be found on their website.

You need to install the latest FTDI drivers for your OS : http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm

Usage :

The settings dialog box let you set the maximum motor speed, sync the focuser to a specific position, set a limit (software limit as this is not supported in the firmware), set the backlash. If your device is a dual motor contoller, you can also set the motor type and enable the knob.

Downloads :

Both the plugin and the sources are available bellow. For the OS X package, remember to set your "Allow apps downloaded from:" settings in the "Security & Privacy" system preferences to "Mac App Store and identified developers".

The OS X zip file contains the installable pkg : Pegasus Astro focuser controller X2 OS X Plugin version 1.0

The Windows zip file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Pegasus Astro focuser controller X2 Windows Plugin version 1.0

The RPI-3 tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Pegasus Astro focuser controllerl X2 RPI-3 Plugin version 1.0.

The Linux Ubuntu tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Pegasus Astro focuser controller X2 Linux Ubuntu Plugin version 1.0.

The plugin source code is available on GitHub : Pegasus Astro focuser controllerl X2 Plugin sources. To compile the plugin yourself, you'll need the X2 Example code from Software Bisque. This is not required if you only want to install the plugin.

Baader Planetarium Diamond SteelDrive focuser controller :

The Baader Planetarium Diamond SteelDrive focuser controller can be found on their website.

Usage :

The settings dialog box let you chose the focuser type, sync the focuser to a specific position, set a limit, set the temperature compensation coefficient and enable temperature coompesation.

If a custom focuser is selected the custom focuser settings are enabled.

Downloads :

The plugins are available bellow for all platforms supported by TheSkyX Pro. For the OS X package, remember to set your "Allow apps downloaded from:" settings in the "Security & Privacy" system preferences to "Mac App Store and identified developers".

The OS X zip file contains the installable pkg : Baader Planetarium SteelDrive focuser controller X2 OS X Plugin version 1.0

The Windows zip file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Baader Planetarium SteelDrive focuser controller X2 Windows Plugin version 1.0

The RPI-3 tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Baader Planetarium SteelDrive focuser controllerl X2 RPI-3 Plugin version 1.0.

The Linux Ubuntu tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : Baader Planetarium SteelDrive focuser controller X2 Linux Ubuntu Plugin version 1.0.

AAF2 X2 focuser controller plugin :

The AAF2 (Arduino Ascom Focuser 2) can be found here.

You need to install the latest FTDI drivers for your OS : http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm or the CH340 driver from Elegoo depending on which version of the Arduino Nano you get.

Usage :

The settings dialog box let you sync the focuser to a specific position and set a limit (software limit as this is not supported in the firmware)

Downloads :

Both the plugin and the sources are available bellow. For the OS X package, remember to set your "Allow apps downloaded from:" settings in the "Security & Privacy" system preferences to "Mac App Store and identified developers".

This zip file contains the installable pkg : AAF2 focuser controller X2 OS X Plugin version 1.0

The Windows zip file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : AAF2 focuser controller X2 Windows Plugin version 1.0.

The RPI-3 tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : AAF2 focuser controllerl X2 RPI-3 Plugin version 1.0.

The Linux Ubuntu tgz file contains the needed files and an INSTALL.TXT with the explanation on how to install it : AAF2 focuser controller X2 Linux Ubuntu Plugin version 1.0.

The plugin source code is available on GitHub : AAF2 focuser controllerl X2 Plugin sources. To compile the plugin yourself, you'll need the X2 Example code from Software Bisque. This is not required if you only want to install the plugin.

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