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Power Shield for Astroberry

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I for one would be very interested, so count me in please.
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That looks good! Is this kind of like a Pegasus PB?
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro | Main Scope: William Optics GT81 | Guide Scope: ZWO OAG | Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI183MM Pro | Guiding Camera: ASI120MM-Mini | Accessories: ZWO EAF, ZWO EFW 8 x 1.25", Pegasus Pocket Powerbox advance, RPi4

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Replied by Giles on topic Power Shield for Astroberry


Yes, like a Pegasus PB, but integrated into Astroberry (or Stellarmate OS for that matter.)
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2 years 2 months ago #61119

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So the idea is really good, first I will do some small updates on the current design to prepare it for assembly with an SMD machine.
SSD, M2, or such drive would require a bigger design change, but this point is on the improvement list, thanks for the feedback!
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That is a good idea, but unfortunately, currently, the Raspberry design has no option to connect an external antenna, maybe to hack the RPi would be possible, but one of the main points was during the development is to use the RPi as is, then everybody can attach it.
That is a really good point, currently, the GPS and the fan are on the same side, and to use the internal GPS antenna the top of the box should point upwards.
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The more you say about the project and your motivation, more attractive it looks to me!
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The 12v power is connector, is that a common style connector with leads that can run from a battery pack with say a car style cigarette lighter socket on ?
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The input connector is an XT60 type, such a connector is needed because the board can handle 15A, and a usual DC jack (2,5mm/5,5mm) can carry only 5A.
I have quickly checked on Amazon and there is XT60 to cigarette lighter cable.
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Great news, thank you
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Hi!

Why not an Anderson Powerpole connector for 12A?

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To be honest, this type of connector was not known by me till today, but I like it, I can imagine replacing the XT60 with a 45A type of Powerpole.
The only question is this Powerpole connector more common in astrophotography? Because if it is, then makes sense to change it.
(XT60 is I think absolutely not common, but in every RC shop it is available)
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Hi!

To the best of my knowlegde, the Anderson Powerpole connectors are very common among astro people - replacing the "cigarette lighter" connectors. And I'm talking about these:

andersonconnect.com.au/store/index.php?m..._info&products_id=93

A lot of people for instance use a "Rig runner" on top of their mounts to distribute power to all the devices - based on these. For instance:

www.westmountainradio.com/product_info.php?products_id=rr_4006u

The device your are designing is effectively a far more advanced version of a RigRunner (sort of).

Magnus

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