Foster Systems


AstroAlert Version 5

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The all new AstroAlert Weather Monitor System Version 5 is a uniquely configurable weather monitor, engineered specifically for observatory use. The base unit supplies:

- Precipitation (rain or snow) detection. Integrated heater to speed moisture removal

- Ambient light awareness (Day, Dim, Darkness pending).

- Infrared sky temperature measurement(specialized sensor shown), which is the most reliable measure of impending precipitation. When clouds gather, the sky temperature rises, indicating rain may not be far behind

- Ambient outside temperature/humidity/dew point.

An anemometer to measure wind speed is now included.

All the weather data is available via ASCOM compliant interface, the ASCOM Weather Safety interface, and the standard one-line file format. The data is displayed in full on the AstroMC Dome and Roof Control windows, AstroAlert Driver Control window, and the ACP Web interface. Weather UNSAFE is communicated to telescope control programs for further (scriptable) actions. We support the "one-line Boltwood II format" for integration with CCD Commander or CCD Autopilot.

Includes our AstroGraph weather trend graphing software to see "what happened" overnight.

Both Day and Dark Cloudy and Very Cloudy thresholds are user configurable within the driver.

AstroAlert is designed for monitoring observatory safety. It provides a simple, cost effective Safe/Unsafe indication.

Comes with a 25' cable and interior Mini-Hub with a USB interface. 6' cable provided

Windows 7, Windows 10.

The controller requires 12 VDC adapter with a 2.1 mm plug, sold here. Or you can use provided screw terminals.

We are experiencing a 4 week backlog at this time. Please be patient.

Your Price:$470.00
Weight:1.500 lbs