FocusCube 2


Focus fast, reliable and accurate your telescope by using the “FocusCube 2″. The evolution of technology in astronomy requires a system which will assist the focusing of the telescope with great accuracy. Fast optics and modern camera devices require automatic focusing in every small period of time as temperature can affect focal length and modify the optimal focus position. Pegasus FocusCube has been developed to meet all of these requirements.

Designed in high quality with modern electronics, FocusCube can provide digital precise focus control from a PC. Device includes a stepper motor for absolute position focusing. Electronics and stepper motor are enclosed in a compact sized box. Do not be fooled by its size! This device can easily lift more than 6kg (212 ounces) of imaging equipment when the telescope points to the zenith!

This stepper motor is a high resolution geared stepper motor (Step Angle 7.5, Deg 120, Gear Ration 1:120). Its gearbox has very low backlash and high torque suitable to focus in micron scale! You only need this device to focus! Attach the FocusCube to your refractor / reflector / SCT telescope, plug the power, USB cable, download ASCOM drivers or standalone software and you are ready to go!

IMPORTANT NOTE
FocusCube is a standalone device and includes controller functionality. 
No physical hand controller is included or required.
DO NOT pair it with the Dual Motor Focus Controller or any other controller in the market.
DO NOT connect this RJ45 port to the Ultimate Powerbox RJ45 Stepper Output
The RJ45 port at the back is only for the hand controller or the included temperature sensor.

FocusCube Universal – Side View
FocusCube Universal – Back View

High torque & resolution stepper motor

Embedded unipolar stepper motor has a powerful and very low backlash gearbox. Motor Step Angle is 7.5 deg but the 1:120 reduction gearbox turns the reduction rate to 0.06255 deg / step. As firmware implements half step drive, the motor can execute twice the steps per cycle. This means 11510 steps per cycle! Bottom line: You can focus in microns, easily and with great accuracy.

Motor can lift up to 6Kg of equipment (212 ounces) of imaging equipment when the telescope points to the zenith!

Two bracket versions

You can choose between:

  • Universal bracket: which fits to most focusers in the market
  • SCT Bracket: SCT Bracket fits to Celestron C Series, Celestron Edge and Celestron RASA telescopes.

Please notice
We provide two SCT versions. The only difference is in the metal pulley bore diameter in the package. (13mm vs 22mm).

Celestron Classic/ Edge / Rasa 6, 8, 9.25”-> 13mm
Celestron Classic/ Edge / Rasa 11”, 14” -> 22mm


Make sure you selected the correct type!

Universal L Bracket
FocusCube SCT Bracket

Temperature Probe

An external digital temperature sensor input is located near the motor connector. A digital probe of one meter (3 feet) length is supplied. The probe can be placed near the focuser so the exact temperature of the focuser / environment can be seen through the supplied software or ASCOM driver (probe is always included)

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Expansion Port / Manual Focus (optional accessory)

FocusCube includes an expansion RJ45 port on the left side.  This port provides input for the temperature sensor. An optional hand controller for manual focus control can be acquired for those who might want to add this functionality.

Please Notice: Hand Controller is an optional accessory

ASCOM supported

The controller is fully compatible with latest ASCOM 6.4

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Autofocus via SGPro

INDI (Open Astronomy Instrumentation) supported

Pegasus Focuscube is fully compatible with INDI. Driver is included in stable libindi.
Official Indi Driver : http://indilib.org/devices/focusers/pegasus-dmfc.html

Standalone program supported

The controller can be operated by the standalone software.
(Only available for Windows)

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All cables are included

  • A 1.8m USB Type B cable is included in the package.
  • A 1.5m Cigarette lighter adapter power cable is included in the package

Six solid motor couplers are included

Six solid, different bore size, motor couplers are provided so you can select the coupler that fits to your focuser’s shaft. Choose between 3mm to 8mm couplers. All of them are included in the package.

All cables are included

  • A 1.8m USB Type B cable is included in the package.
  • A Cigarette lighter cable is included in the package

Firmware upgrade support

Controller firmware supports re-programming via the USB 2.0 connection using upgrade software, for future upgrades which may become available. We constantly receive feedback from our customers and keep updating the firmware and software with new features.

2 Years warranty

For the FocusCube device and the temperature sensor.

Compact size

56 x 63 x 39 mm / Weight 300g

Supply Voltage12V – 13.8V DC
Motor CompatibilityStepper Motor is inside the enclosure
Motor OutputNone
(Stepper Motor inside in the enclosure)
USB ConnectivityUSB 2.0 Type B plug
Thermal Sensor Resolution9-bit Celsius temperature measurements
Power Input Connector2.1mm Centre Positive Socket
Motor SpecsHigh resolution geared stepper motor
(Step Angle (Deg) 7.5 / 120
(Gearbox reduction rate = 0.06255 Deg).
5755 steps per circle of rotation.
* Firmware implements half step drive so one motor cycle is 5755 x 2 = 11510 steps
Very low backlash
Dimensions56 mm x 63 mm x 39 mm
Weight300g
Operating Temperature-40 °C to +80 °C

Universal L Bracket Specifications

FocusCube (L Universal Bracket or SCT Bracket)
Temperature Sensor (0.6m)
USB type B Cable (1.8m)
Cigarette Lighter Adapter (3A fused)
Six different motor couplers (bore diameter from 3mm to 8mm) – Universal Version
Two Aluminium Pulleys (60 & 40 teeth) and transmission belt – SCT Version
Different sizes of screws and spacers

We have successfully installed our Universal L shape bracket on:

  • Takahashi TSA120
  • Takahashi FS60
  • Takahashi FSQ85
  • Takahashi FSQ106
  • Skywatcher Esprit 100
  • Skywatcher Esprit 120
  • Skywatcher Esprit 150
  • Skywatcher PDS 130
  • Explore Scientific Series Refractors
  • Feathertouch Focuser 3”
  • Feathertouch Focuser 2.5’’
  • Vixen VC200L
  • Altair Wave Series Focusers
  • Celestron SCT C 6,8,9.25,11,14
  • Celestron SCT Edge 6,8,9.25,11,14
  • Celestron RASA 8,11
  • Orion ED80T

Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi FS60
Takahashi FSQ85
Skywatcher Esprit 120
Skywatcher Esprit ED100
Skywatcher Esprit 150
Skywatcher PDS 130
Feathertouch Focuser 3'' on Refractor (TEC140)
Vixen VC200L
Altair Wave Series 115
Celestron SCT C 9.25
Celestron SCT Edge 9.25''
Celestron SCT C14
Orion ED80T