TheSky Fusion

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Important Notes:

  • Software Bisque is now accepting back orders.
  • The estimated lead time is 8-10 weeks.  The second TheSky Fusion batch has shipped and we’re working hard to make more so that we can get one in your hands as quickly as possible.
  • TheSky Fusion does not include a power supply unit.  External power can be supplied by:
    • A TheSky Fusion Power Supply Unit (Software Bisque offers 11.5A/138W max. and 21A/252W max. output)
    • An EGO Battery plus TheSky Fusion EGO battery adapter (coming soon),
    • Any 12V DC power supply that provides sufficient amperage to run your imaging equipment (up to 40V DC max.).

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Click the Buy Now graphic below to add TheSky Fusion to your cart.  Note that the total TheSky Fusion cost is the sum of the first year’s software subscription fee plus one-time sign up fee.

$100.00 for 1 year and a $1,795.00 sign-up fee

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Q. Does TheSky Fusion include a power supply unit?

ATheSky Fusion does not include a power supply unit.  It can be powered using TheSky Fusion Power Supply Unit, and EGO Battery and TheSky Fusion EGO battery adapter (coming soon), or any 12V DC power supply that provides sufficient amperage to run the connected imaging equipment.


Q. What is the price of TheSky Fusion?

A. The introductory retail price is $1,695.  Beginning September 1, 2020, the retail price will be $1,895.


Q. When will TheSky Fusion ship?

A. TheSky Fusion started shipping July 16, 2020.  Thanks for your patience!


Q. What equipment can TheSky Fusion control?

A. See Supported Devices in TheSky Fusion Specifications (PDF) document for details about supported telescope mounts, cameras, autoguiders, focusers, filter wheels, and rotators.  We will update this list as additional equipment is supported.


Q. How can I connect to and control my astronomy equipment?

A. TheSky Fusion can be used to control your astronomy hardware wirelessly with Wi-Fi (as a hot spot, or connected to an existing network) or hard-wired with Ethernet from any desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet computer.


Q. Why is TheSky Fusion equipped with a GPS?

A. TheSky Fusion’s integrated GPS unit ensures that TheSky’s location, date and time are always up to date and accurate.  Always having accurate location and time means one less thing to worry about, and is essential to maintain precision telescope pointing accuracy. And, if you own a Paramount, this level of accuracy will optimize Pro Track-assisted tracking performance.


Q. What are the red and black connectors on TheSky Fusion?

A. The eight power out ports on the front panel are Anderson Powerpole® connectors.  Power cables that use these connectors are inexpensive, offer a wide amperage range, and are easy to make for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. These power ports can supply power for the most power-hungry equipment.  Three of the ports have configurable voltage and maximum amperage output.


Q. Can TheSky Fusion’s internal storage be increased?

A. TheSky Fusion comes with 256GB of ‘mass storage’ in the form of a microSD memory card.  This card is removable and can be replaced with a higher capacity memory card (for example, a 512GB or 1TB microSD card, sold separately).


Q. If I already own TheSkyX Professional Edition for Windows or Mac, can I transfer this license to the Linux-based TheSky Fusion™?

A.  In short, no.  TheSky Fusion comes with TheSky Imaging Edition.  While at first glance, the TheSky Fusion’s™ software may seem identical to TheSkyX Professional Edition™ with the optional Camera Module, and the optional TPoint Module, TheSky Fusion™ includes additional functionality such as power switching, GPS integration, status screen output and Wi-Fi hot spot integration.

Description

TheSky Fusion™ marries TheSky Imaging Edition, the world’s single-most capable object-acquisition and imaging software, with exquisitely designed hardware to connect, power and integrate your imaging equipment.

With TheSky Fusion™ you can connect your mount, camera, autoguider, focuser, filter wheel, rotator, and dew heater to TheSky Imaging Edition to control them all from your tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop.

Operate your equipment from any modern web browser through Wi-Fi or use a remote desktop application (Remote Desktop or VNC).  An Ethernet port even permits a hardwired connection for an optimal experience.  Though an Internet connection is not required, TheSky Fusion takes full advantage of being on-line when connected to the Web.

TheSky Fusion attaches to your mount and simplifies system setup, maintenance, and nightly tasks for maximum productivity.  TheSky Fusion’s flexible power-output ports can drive even the most complex hardware configurations.   Four high-speed USB 3.0 ports and one legacy serial port can meet most communication needs.  If not, one of the configurable 5V DC power ports can add an optional powered 4- or 7-port USB hub to provide up to 11 total USB ports.

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 10.0 × 8.0 × 5.0 in

TheSky Fusion Hardware Specifications

Category Feature/Specification Details
External Case CNC-machined 6061 aluminum housing

 

The external housing is CNC machined from aluminum and anodized red.

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 19.7 cm x 7.6 cm x 13 cm (7.8 in. x 3 in. x 5.1 in.)
  • Total weight: 1.9 kg (4.2 lb.), including the dovetail mounting bracket.
Computer 64-bit Six-Core CPU at 1.8 GHz Coupled with fast DDR4 RAM, and a discrete GPU, the fast CPU offers an ideal image acquisition experience.

  • Smooth Sky Chart updates.
  • Efficient live stacking.
  • Fast image archiving.
GPU Discrete GPU supports OpenGL graphics hardware acceleration for smooth panning and zooming.
Memory
  • 4 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 64 GB of high-speed eMMC storage
  • 256 GB of mass non-volatile storage
  • TheSky consumes about 5 GB.
  • The complete Gaia stellar database occupies an additional 90 GB of mass storage.
  • 25 GB available high-speed memory and 165 GB of mass storage. This means you have ample storage for an entire night’s worth of full-frame images, even using a large-format camera:
  • About 6000 images at 30 MB each.
  • About 1900 images at 100 MB each.
Computer Power Requirements ARM-based CPU Here is the processor’s approximate power footprint under varying operating conditions:

  • 2 Watts (processor idle).
  • 4 Watts (typical workload usage).
  • 8 Watts (maximum CPU draw).

A laptop’s power consumption can vary from 30W to 90W. Comparably, TheSky Fusion consumes about 1/10 to 1/4 as much power.

Wired Communication Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Communication 802.11AC 2.4 or 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi The fastest widely available Wi-Fi standard and allows for the best possible wireless experience. The built-in Wi-Fi antenna can be upgraded to a Reverse Polarity SMA Wi-Fi antenna.
GPS Built-in The GPS gets accurate time and position data. This simplifies nightly setup and eliminates common mistakes, for example, entering the location or time incorrectly or neglecting to update them.

Real-time access to the site’s precise position and time ensure optimal telescope pointing accuracy with TheSky Imaging’s TPoint telescope modeling.

The default antenna is mounted internally. An optional external antenna (sold separately) can be attached to the External GPS Antenna port.

External Power Ports Eight Anderson power pole connectors

 

Anderson Power Products’ Powerpole® connectors and cabling offer:

  • Low cost off-the-shelf cables.
  • Variety of readily available of amperages and wire gauges (15A/30A/45A contacts supporting 10–20 AWG wires).
  • Durability.
  • Easily assemble custom cables with an optional TheSky Fusion Custom Cable Kit (sold separately).

The power output port specifications are described in the External Components tab.

USB Ports 4 x USB 3.0 Four USB 3.0 ports can drive CMOS high-speed cameras or other astronomical devices. USB 3.0 is essential for planetary imaging or anyone who enjoys fast image downloads.

If more than four USB 3.0 ports is required, use one of the ports to connect a 4- or 8-port USB hub and power the hub using one of the power ports configured for 5V output.

Ethernet Port RJ45 Ethernet port 1000/100/10 Base-T
External Monitor Port HDMI 2.0 connector

 

Video out that can be used to view TheSky on any HDMI-compatible monitor. Useful for outreach programs, controlling TheSky Fusion using a mouse and keyboard or troubleshooting.
External LCD Display Four line, 16-character wide OLED display. Descriptive and TheSky-supplied status messages provide real-time feedback during startup, imaging runs, automated pointing calibration or debugging information if things go wrong.

TheSky Fusion Software Specifications

Category Feature/Specification Details
Operating System Linux (Ubuntu 18 LTS) Efficient, stable 64-bit operating system. Say “goodbye” to Windows updates.
TheSky™ Imaging Edition Includes TheSkyImaging Edition
— the world’s most powerful observatory control software.Enjoy the benefits of increased productivity and ease of use, out of the box. And, all from a singular integrated application software package.  TheSky™ takes full advantage of the 64-bit operating system as well as hardware-accelerated graphics. Coupled with the Linux operating system, TheSky Fusion will produce years of reliable, worry-free operation.
Crafted from 36 years of customer feedback, TheSky has the tools you need to plan observing sessions, acquire astronomical images and so much more.

  • Operate your mount, camera, guider, focuser, filter wheel, rotator, etc. from a single application.
  • Provides power (on/off) switching to the integrated 5V/8V/12V power ports.
  • Offers graphics acceleration to produce smooth Sky Chart zooming and scrolling.
  • Comes with the complete Gaia star catalog (1.7 billion stars).
  • Includes millions of galaxies, clusters, nebulas and other non-stellar objects.
  • Includes TheSky LTI™ interface for Paramount™ mount owners.
  • Displays comets, satellites, asteroids, planets, Sun, Moon, Saturn’s and Jupiter’s major moons.
  • Performs Image Link and All Sky Image Link astrometric solutions (a.k.a. “plate solving”).
  • TPoint™ telescope pointing analysis technology, included, produces exceptional pointing accuracy. For Paramount™ mount users, TPoint with ProTrack produces exceptional tracking accuracy.
  • Automated telescope pointing calibration.
  • Advanced autoguiding with optional guide camera, with features like graphing guider logs, 3D star graphs, and so much more.
  • Automated focus using either @Focus2 or @Focus3.
  • Filter wheel support.
  • Rotator support.
  • Fully scriptable operation (bisque.com/scripting) using JavaScript or Python.
  • So much more (see TheSky User Guide for details, website login required).
$100 Optional Annual TheSky™
Imaging Edition Subscription Renewal
The optional annual subscription provides access to the latest downloadable updates. TheSky Imaging Edition’s annual subscription ensures your software is updated with the latest features, fixes, improvements and device support.

  • The first year’s subscription is included.
  • Downloadable access to newer software versions is permitted with a current subscription.
  • Subscription renewal is optional and not required.
  • If the subscription is allowed to expire, TheSky continues operating normally and indefinitely.

TheSky Fusion Documentation

TheSky Fusion Technical Drawings

TheSky Fusion Dimensions (PDF)

TheSky Fusion
TheSky Fusion is perfect for the power conscious mobile imager!

 

Esprit 150 on a MYT
Big scope on a mighty mount.

 

MX+ with 100mm
Paramount MX+ with TheSky Fusion.

Enhance your TheSky Fusion experience.

The accessories below can help you integrate TheSky Fusion into your existing setup.