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TheSkyX Pro X2 Power Control PlugIns

These PlugIns are multi platform : macOS, 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 an astronomy power control device and want macOS 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 Ultimate Powerbox v2 :

The Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 can be found on their website.

You need to install the latest FTDI drivers for your OS (not needed for macOS Catalina and up) : http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm.

Usage :

The settings dialog gives you full controll of the power ports settings, USB ports boot state and dew heater ports. It also reports all the environmental data the Ultimate Powerbox v2 provides. The focuser control is available via the X2 focuser PlugIn : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 focuser X2 PlugIn.

As this is a multi connection device plugin, you need to choose the same serial port for the focuser and the power plugin

Downloads :

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

This installer will install the focuser plugin and the power control plugin.

Current version : 1.16

This zip file contains the macOS installable pkg : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 X2 PlugIn for macOS

The Windows 32 and 64 bits installer file : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 X2 PlugIn for Windows

The ARM 32-bit tgz (Raspberry-Pi and other ARM 32-bit sbc) file contains the needed files to install it : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 X2 PlugIn for ARM 32.

The ARM 64-bit tgz for TheSky Fusion file contains the needed files to install it : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 X2 PlugIn for ARM 64 / TheSky Fusion.

The Linux Ubuntu tgz file contains the needed files to install it : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 X2 PlugIn for Ubuntu.

The PlugIn source code is available on GitHub : Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 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.

Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance :

The Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance can be found on their website.

You need to install the latest FTDI drivers for your OS (not needed for macOS Catalina and up) : http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm.

Usage :

The settings dialog allow you to set the PWM values for the 2 Dew Heater ports, the Auto Dew aggressiveness, adjustable power output voltage, led state, and boot state for the quad 12V and adjustable ports. The focuser control is available via the X2 focuser PlugIn : Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance eXternal motor focuser X2 PlugIn. This plugin also supports the Pocket Powerbox Micro

As this is a multi connection device plugin, you need to choose the same serial port for the focuser and the power plugin

Downloads :

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

Current version : 1.16

This zip file contains the macOS installable pkg : Pocket Powerbox Advance X2 PlugIn for macOS

The Windows 32 and 64 bits installer file : Pocket Powerbox Advance X2 PlugIn for Windows.

The ARM 32-bit tgz (Raspberry-Pi and other ARM 32-bit sbc) file contains the needed files to install it : Pocket Powerbox Advance X2 PlugIn for ARM 32.

The ARM 64-bit tgz for TheSky Fusion file contains the needed files to install it : Pocket Powerbox Advance X2 PlugIn for ARM 64 / TheSky Fusion.

The Linux Ubuntu tgz file contains the needed files to install it : Pocket Powerbox Advance X2 PlugIn for Ubuntu.

The PlugIn source code is available on GitHub : Pocket Powerbox Advance 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.

Big thanks to Pegasus Astro for lending me the hardware to develop and test this plugin.

'TheSkyX' is a registered Trademarks of Software Bisque, Inc.

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