eXternal Motor Controller
An Ultimate Powerbox v2, Pocket Powerbox Micro & Advance expansion accessory
The external motor controller (in short XMC) was designed to expand the focus capabilities of the “Ultimate Powerbox v2” (supports a 2nd focus controller) and adds focus functionality to the “Pocket Powerbox Advance” or “Pocket Powerbox Micro“.
The device does not require a USB cable and can be attached directly to the EXT port of these Powerboxes. It can drive a large bipolar or unipolar stepper motor (up to 2Amps per coil) with high precision.
Controller support micro-stepping which can be configured via software to Full, Half, 1/4 step and 1/8 step. This provides additional precision due to higher resolution and a smooth rotation of the stepper motor shaft.
No USB port is required
You do not have to occupy a USB port as the controller does not require USB connectivity. Just plug the RJ12 port into the EXT port and the controller will be recognized from the powerbox software. Simple as that!
In the Box
|1 x eXternal Motor Controller|
|1 x RJ12 to RJ12 – EXT cable (60cm)|
|1 x 2.1mm to 2.1mm DC cable (1m)|
Note: The motor cable (RJ45 to RJ45) is now included in the Motor Focus Kit package
The controller is fully protected against undervoltage, overcurrent, and overtemperature events.
We have successfully tested and controlled the following stepper motors:
Please note that each motor requires its own cable due to the different pin-out selection of each manufacturer. * We optionally provide any of these cables. Check cable type SKU at the below table.
|STEPPER MOTOR||CABLE TYPE (SKU)|
|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|
|Rigel nStep Motors||PEG-CMOT-MSM|
|Moonlite Stepper Motor||PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9|
|Robofocus Stepper Motor||PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9|
|Lakeside Stepper Motor||PEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9|
|Supply Voltage||12V DC Preferred. Accepts 8.2-V to 24V – depends of the motor|
|Drive Current||2 Amps per motor coil|
|Motor Compatibility||Unipolar and Bipolar Stepper Motors|
|Motor Output||RJ45 Socket|
|Connectivity||RJ12 Socket (Straight RJ12 to RJ12 cable) up to meters|
|Power Input Connector||2.1mm Centre Positive Socket|
|Dimensions||66mm x 66mm x 28 mm|
Documentation & Software
Please download and use Unity Platform to discover the eXternal Motor Controller along with your preferable powerbox. ASCOM drivers are in Unity installation
Deprecated Software (not compatible with Unity)