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mitaccio
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remote sky quality detection
      #5680031 - 02/14/13 06:30 PM

I am wanting to use some kind of device that detects the sky quality and can display it over time. that way I can review the sky quality over the night and predict the upcoming quality with some degree of accuracy. there isnt a clear sky chart for my location. hoping maybe I can make something or spend $100 or less.

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microstar
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Reged: 01/05/08

Loc: Canada
Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: mitaccio]
      #5680252 - 02/14/13 09:34 PM

Only ones I know of are Unihedron Sky Quality Meters - they have remote versions. More than $100 though I think.
...Keith


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cliff mygatt
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Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: microstar]
      #5680977 - 02/15/13 09:32 AM

You can get the Sky Quality Meter for around $100 for a used manual model, I use mine to keep track at my dark sky sites. Good Luck!

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johnpd
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Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: mitaccio]
      #5682786 - 02/16/13 03:18 AM

I new iPhone/iPad app is currently being tested which emulates what the SQM does. But you would have to manually operate it to get readings.

JohnD


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Shneor
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Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: mitaccio]
      #5685422 - 02/17/13 03:43 PM

Quote:

I am wanting to use some kind of device that detects the sky quality and can display it over time. that way I can review the sky quality over the night and predict the upcoming quality with some degree of accuracy. there isnt a clear sky chart for my location. hoping maybe I can make something or spend $100 or less.



You can just email Attilla Danko (his email address is on the site) and request a CSC for your location. He'll put it up within 24 hours. And he'd appreciate a small donation to help defray the costs.
Clears,


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Midnight Dan
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Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: Shneor]
      #5685655 - 02/17/13 06:04 PM

Hi Mitaccio:

Depends on what you mean by sky quality. The Unihedron Sky Quality meters do a great job of measure the sky's darkness. They have an ethernet model that, with a connected compter, can graph how dark your sky is over time.

If you mean how clear is the sky, then for prediction, I agree with shneor ... ask Atilla to set up a CSC for your location.

-Dan


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Midnight Dan
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Re: remote sky quality detection new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5685669 - 02/17/13 06:10 PM

Also, here's a few links that might be of use for cloud detetion:

http://www.noao.edu/staff/gillespie/projects/cloud-detector.html
http://winfij.homeip.net/development/CloudDetector.html
http://tienda.lunatico.es/AAG-CloudWatcher-cloud-detector-1

-Dan


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