AAG CloudWatcher is a high precision system for monitoring the sky condition featuring high quality design and unique features at an affordable price.
Its intuitive graphic software allows an immediate visual reading of information. It lets the user set the measuring parameters, achieving a powerful and very accurate cloud detection. All alerts (cloudy, rain, etc) can be programmed to play sound files; that way, and using a couple of simple and inexpensive “walkie talkies” with “vox” function, the alarm can be heard away from the observatory, eliminating the need for a second computer. In addition there are several free programs for mobile devices.
The AAG CloudWatcher comprises:
A box with a special exterior finish that includes 5 sensors that are shown in the program through their corresponding graphs. They allow a thorough and easily understandable measurement of atmospheric conditions:
- 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. The measuring result is easily read on the graffic “Cloud”.
- 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:
- Relative humidity sensor: VERY IMPORTANT the relative humidity sensor is given for free and not covered, for the moment, by our warranty. Instead of testing it locally for 1 or 2 years more, and delaying the launch, we’ve chosen to give it away to our customers as soon as possible. This way you get an added value, at no cost, and we have the best possible test of the new humidity sensor. Also, the data from the sensor will be fully supported in the SOLO; the windows program, however, will display the value, and include it in the “single line data” files. Full support for Windows will be included in a fully new program we’re working on currently.