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#1 iwols

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 07:03 AM

Hi all with the weather being hit and miss just wondered if there was a good rain detector pref usb that anyone could recommend thanks



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Posted 26 September 2020 - 07:46 AM

You might want to check out a thread I started recently over in Observatories on this topic.  I got some good suggestions.

https://www.cloudyni...or-rain-sensor/


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 11:36 AM

Do you need an actual sensor, like the examples in Kathy’s link, or just an alarm to warn you when rain is close? I use an App called Rain Alarm SXT by Avilessoftware which has saved me on a few occasions.

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 02:47 PM

Do you need an actual sensor, like the examples in Kathy’s link, or just an alarm to warn you when rain is close? I use an App called Rain Alarm SXT by Avilessoftware which has saved me on a few occasions.

 

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I definitely need a sensor.  I don't trust an app that relies on published forecasts or radar observations.  It could shut down a session unnecessarily, or fail to shut down in time after a shower starts.  That's assuming it even has access to data for this area.


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#5 iwols

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 03:04 PM

just an update ive just ordered this https://www.amazon.c...01150572&sr=8-5 and a raspberry pi to integrate with it (this should be fun) will keep all updated if anyone is interested

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#6 iwols

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 03:05 PM

Do you need an actual sensor, like the examples in Kathy’s link, or just an alarm to warn you when rain is close? I use an App called Rain Alarm SXT by Avilessoftware which has saved me on a few occasions.

 

Derek

here in the uk we definately need a sensor as wellshocked.gif



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Posted 26 September 2020 - 07:09 PM

What is "rain"?

 

I built a sensor similar to the resistive grid thing years (ok, decades) ago, and one dew-y night the thing went off.  I recall my parents were not amused...  Is the sensor heated?


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Posted 27 September 2020 - 07:22 AM

What is "rain"?

 

I built a sensor similar to the resistive grid thing years (ok, decades) ago, and one dew-y night the thing went off.  I recall my parents were not amused...  Is the sensor heated?

lol.gif  i believe it is




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