The AAG CloudWatcher, a high precision, low cost system for monitoring the sky condition. AAG CloudWatcher driver is included with libindi v1.3+ Under Ubuntu, you can install the driver via:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indi-aagcloudwatcher
The AAG CloudWatcher comprises:
- Clouds sensor: Through an infrared sensor of the AAG CloudWatcher measures the temperature of the sky, and an electronic thermometer measures the internal temperature. Both data are then related by a powerful formula used to determine the existence of clouds.
- Rain sensor: CloudWatcher uses a variable capacitor to determine the existence of rain. In addition, the capacitor incorporates an internal resistance for heating the element, drying it, which allows a constant reliable reading.
- Light sensor: To distinguish between day and night. It can even detect the Moon.
- Temperature sensor
- Anemometer (optional)
indi_aagcloudwatcher driver has the following features:
- Shows the RAW readings as well as the corrected ones for every sensor (infrared sky, corrected infrared sky, infrared sensor, rain sensor, rain sensor temperature brightness sensor and ambient temperature sensor).
- Shows the weather conditions in plain understandable options:
- Cloud conditions: Clear, cloudy, overcast
- Rain conditions: Dry, Wet, Rain
- Brightness conditions: Dark, Light, Very Light
- Allows to control the internal relay (switch) of the unit.
- Reading interval is configurable.
- The algorithm to control the rain sensor heater is fully implemented.
- Allows to tune up all the unit configurable parameters.
- And some more options...
Just connect the driver and watch the sensor information.
At this moment the driver does not offer any information about the anemometer. For any comments / problems with the driver please contact the author: zerjioi AT ugr.es.