AstroLink 4 Bee is a standalone astrophotography setup controller based on a T4 Pro mini PC with Windows 10 Pro operating system. The operating system is Windows, so all the astronomy software like N.I.N.A., MaxIm DL, Sequence Generator Pro, PHD2, ASTAP, ASI Studio, and many others is ready to pick up.
You only need to connect your peripherals to the AstroLink 4 Bee, provide 12V DC power and you are ready to capture the astronomy images. AstroLink 4 Bee contains similar modules to other devices in the AstroLink family:
- focusing motor controller
- regulated PWM outputs for dew cap heaters
- switchable 12V DC outputs to power setup components
- regulated 3-10V DC output to power for example DSLR or active USB hub
- range of sensors can be connected to AstroLink 4 Bee: temperature/humidity/dew point, sky temperature/cloud coverage, and sky brightness sensor as well.
The T4 Pro mini PC included in AstroLink 4 Bee is based on a Celeron N3350 two-core 2.40 GHz processor. Contains 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Three USB 3.0 ports are available, two 4K HDMI ports, and an audio jack output. WiFi supports both 2.4 and 5.8GHz, and the BT standard is 4.0. This mini PC can be set up to autostart mobile WiFi hotspot and also to turn on automatically when the 12V power is on. See the manual for details.
The mini PC is pre-configured with some performance tweaks and has installed recent Windows updates and some basic astronomy software by default. But you can select not to do this task, and perform all setup processes by yourself. HDMI cable and wireless mini-keyboard are included for configuration and testing of the device.
AstroLink 4 Bee can distribute up to 10A current for all connected components. The device itself consumes 8W power at maximum.
In the box:
- AstroLink 4 Bee device
- XT60 female plug for custom power supply adaptation
- HDMI cable
- wireless mini-keyboard with trackpad and backlight option (2xAA batteries not included)
- 12A 2A power supply with XT60 adapter – to test and configure the device. Due to low power, this PSU is not suitable for powering astrophotography setup