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Old 14-10-2019, 02:42 PM
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Weather monitor for obs

Hi obs owners,
I'm considering a weather monitor so it can close up my obs in poor weather.
Does anyone have experience with SkyAlert? http://interactiveastronomy.com/skyalertindex.html

I'm also thinking about Boltwood, but it's very expensive and costs more than twice as much as the SkyAlert.
http://diffractionlimited.com/produc...oud-sensor-ii/

Plus I've come across the much cheaper AAG Cloudwatcher.
https://www.lunaticastronomical.com/...-detector.html
If anyone has one, I'd like to know your thoughts as it doesn't appear as well integrated or advanced as the more expensive options. If it closes up when it rains, then it might be all I need...
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Old 16-10-2019, 01:25 PM
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I also came across this cheaper weather monitor. Just wondering if anyone has used one?
http://www.auroraeurotech.com/CloudSensor.php
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Old 27-10-2019, 04:21 PM
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We run a boltwood. Expensive yes, but they have been around for ages and seem very reliable. Used by many hosting facilities etc. if there is one thing to cheap out on, itís not your weather station.
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The article below looks pretty unbiased and well researched.
Compares the Boltwood II vs SkyAlert you were looking at.

https://www.cloudynights.com/article...-sensors-r3151
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:24 PM
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Thanks Rob,
That article has me concerned about Boltwood, given the designer passed away a couple of years ago and DL seem to have a dubious reputation for service in recent times. Iíd spend the extra $ for quality, Iím just not so sure Boltwood still has that. So I contacted SlyAlert, but unfortunately they no longer ship to Aus due to issues they had with Customs. AAG seems the best value alternative given they have a distributor here...
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