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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?



#2 kathyastro

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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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Posted 02 December 2019 - 03:09 PM

Does anybody have recommendations on a weather system that will just pause acquisition for clouds? And maybe notify by text? There is no pricing for the Weather Alert system on their website. Usually means real expensive. :)

 

Chris 


Edited by Cfreerksen, 02 December 2019 - 03:11 PM.


#6 Alex McConahay

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:20 PM

>>>>> Does anybody have recommendations on a weather system that will just pause acquisition for clouds? And maybe notify by text? There is no pricing for the Weather Alert system on their website. Usually means real expensive.

 

When clouds come, you lose your guide star. When you lose your guide star, your session manager (like SGP) goes into a recovery routine. So, it costs nothing (more than your current gear and a good session manager) to do what you ask. You can have SGP or other session managers send regular text, email, or GNS (Good Night System) messages as you choose. All, again, for free (once you have the software--which you should have anyway).

 

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#7 Raginar

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 03:52 PM

It's software dependent.  When I used CCDCommander, it could read flags inside the Boltwood2 comm text and determine different states so you could do that.  SGP doesn't do that.  However, you can set it up to use recovery mode and give it multiple tries over a long sequence.  It will still close the shed whwen it detects whatever you've determined as a 'unsafe' situation.



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Posted 27 December 2019 - 11:38 AM

+1 on SkyAlert and SkyRoof.




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