PerfectStar B


New Focus Control System (Finally) Available

I told you about PerfectStar B some time ago – it’s my new focus control system using bipolar motors instead of the traditional unipolar motors.  And I had intended to put it on my website and start accepting orders back in September, but ran into some software issues that delayed the release just enough to push it into the busiest time of year, so I didn’t get around to updating the website until now, even though I have already shipped a couple of these to existing customers. The “B” in the name refers to its use of/support for bipolar stepper […]


PerfectStar B Focus Motor

Along with the new PerfectStar B (PSB) Focus Controller, the PSB Focus Motor provides faster movement and additional features in comparison to the classic PerfectStar motor or other unipolar stepper motor.  The PSB Focus Motor attaches to many models of telescope in the same manner as the classic PerfectStar motor, using a 2-part coupler contained within a housing that attaches with thumb screws to your dual-speed focuser.  Other types of coupling, including SCT models, are available as custom orders. The PSB motor differs from the classic model in that the housing is metal, which makes it more rugged, reduces the […]


PerfectStar B Focus Controller

Building on the success of the classic PerfectStar Focus Controller, PerfectStar B (PSB) is the next generation controller, with enhanced speed, torque, and programmability. It is also a step up in production quality, featuring metal construction, engraved labeling, and better cables and connectors. But the essence of PSB is its support for biploar stepper motors. The classic PerfectStar, like most focus systems until now, uses unipolar stepper motors. Unipolar motors were probably originally chosen because they require less sophisticated electronics to drive them. But bipolar motors offer many technical advantages, and since they are now widely used in many areas, […]


PerfectStar Goes Bipolar

In this case “bipolar” does not refer to a disorder, but to a type of motor.  The current version of PerfectStar, like most focus controllers, uses “unipolar” stepper motors.  The indirect reason for this is that I (and probably most of my competitors) designed the controller to be compatible with existing motors (and for the motor to be compatible with other controllers) despite some significant advantages of bipolar motors over unipolar.  I’ll provide more details on that later, but first, I want to point out some other changes. In the above photo we see the “front” end of the controller. […]