Diffraction LTD. Boltwood Cloud Sensor II - Fixed Observatory 100Ft

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Diffraction LTD. Boltwood Cloud Sensor II - Fixed Observatory 100Ft

The Boltwood Cloud Sensor II from Diffraction Ltd. is an invaluable accessory for any astronomer who makes use of a remote and automated observatory. It is designed to act as an attachment to your observatory that acts to monitor the weather conditions of the region you have placed your observatory into, and to then act to safeguard your equipment by controlling the observatory roof. The Boltwood Cloud Sensor II is capable of measuring the amount of cloud cover, the temperature, the humidity, wind speed, and even daylight. You can configure the sensor to either send warnings to your control computer, to automatically close the roof at certain benchmarks of wind speed or moisture, or both.

Diffraction's Boltwood Cloud Sensor is sufficiently advanced to tell precisely how cloudy the sky above itself is through the measurement of ground level temperature. It is also capable of telling the difference between rain, snow, hail, and clear skies easily. It can even detect the degree of wind speed and air pressure, and what level these will become dangerous for your equipment at. It comes with the Clarity II Windows software that is used to compile the data it gathers and remotely control the sensor. You may set what parameters will cause your dome to be closed for you automatically, what parameters will cause you to be sent alerts, and more. It will passively log all sensor information and graph it for later reference if you wish to monitor the trends in your observatories area. You may also choose whether alerts are purely visual or sound based. The sensor unit itself will trigger an electrical contact closure when heavy clouds, high winds, or precipitation is detected. When connected to a dome or roof controller, this contact can be used to trigger closure even if the computer is not operating. This provides a 'last line of defence' against damage to your observatory equipment. The thresholds for roof closure are set through the Clarity software.

In this case, the sensor is provided alongside a 100-foot long cable for installation purposes, permitting you a large degree of flexibility in terms of installation. It also includes a mounting bracket and a universal AC power supply, an adapter box, a USB cable, a protective cover, and the software mentioned above.


OPT Product Number: MX-CLDSNSR100


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