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#1 Becomart

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:31 AM

Starting on some long term research for my future ROR (star date in the next 5 years so plenty of time for research and options) which will be built by outsideology because my diy skills are seriously lacking and I can envisage me spending 1000s if I go it alone and it not being right. 
 

Question, what options exist that will automate a roof closure in the event of cloudy and/or wet weather? 

Slightly curious, supplemental question - warm rooms. Are these rooms regulated in heat by having their own heating systems or is it literally being called this because there is a roof and 4 walls?



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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:40 PM

The options would depend on what degree of DIY-ing you are comfortable with.  If you want off-the-shelf solutions, you will be dependent on software connecting the ASCOM driver for a weather station to the ASCOM driver for your ROR.  Nothing wrong with that if all the software components work.

 

I am skeptical of software reliability (Hey, I worked in IT for 30 years!) and I decided not to rely on anything running on Windows for something as critical as a bad-weather emergency close.  So I have a moisture sensor, made from a leak detector for water heaters, connected directly to the Arduino that runs my dome.  One drop of water closes the dome, no matter what the Windows software says.  For a ROR, the techy details would be simpler, since there is no rotation involved.

 

If the project is 5 years in your future, there is plenty of time to get up to speed on DIY-ing, if you are so inclined.


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#3 zach540

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 09:52 PM

Starting on some long term research for my future ROR (star date in the next 5 years so plenty of time for research and options) which will be built by outsideology because my diy skills are seriously lacking and I can envisage me spending 1000s if I go it alone and it not being right. 
 

Question, what options exist that will automate a roof closure in the event of cloudy and/or wet weather? 

Slightly curious, supplemental question - warm rooms. Are these rooms regulated in heat by having their own heating systems or is it literally being called this because there is a roof and 4 walls?

Have you looked into SkyAlert and SkyRoof?  SkyAlert is an ASCOM compliant weather system while SkyRoof is an ASCOM compliant roof automation interface, still requires a roof motor, works with gate openers and garage door openers.

 

As for warm rooms, I will be using a heater in mine when it is finished. it is 4 walls and a roof, with insulation and a separate door. 


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#4 t-ara-fan

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:26 PM

Warm room? Depends where you are and how cold it gets.  The coldest temp I want to go out at is -20°C, so yes my warm room has a propane heater (I am off grid). On the other hand, I won't need air conditioning. 


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