The "Solo" is a Lunático product designed to make the most of the AAG CloudWatcher.
It is a tiny computer customized to control your CloudWatcher 7 days 24 hours, with the following highlights:
- very low power requirements, less than 2W, ideal for remote observatories
- integrated web server, so you can check your observatory's weather from any part of the world
- constant monitoring implies longer life for the AAG CloudWatcher
- takes power from your current AAG CloudWatcher power supply
The information read from the AAG CloudWatcher is made available to any computer in the same network, so you can use your current Windows software, in "Remote" mode, and keep the integration with your current session control software / automation - in some cases, you can even uninstall the Windows software, as the "single line data" file is also published - suitable for CCDAP, CCDCommander, and also Chris Rowland's ASCOM safety monitor driver.
As the "Solo" has its own serial port, and publishes information in the local network, you'll get rid of any USB/Serial devices and drivers issues.
Its integrated web interface not only displays the current data (with graphs covering yesterday's readings), but also includes an administration site, allowing full configuration of the Solo, and including support for system updates.
|ASCOM observing conditions standard: Chris Rowland's driver tested to work with both the AAG windows software and the Solo. |
Download from the ASCOM web site: http://ascom-standards.org/Downloads/ObservingConditionsDrivers.htm
It is really "Plug and Play" - in less than a minute, and 4 simple steps, you'll have the readings from the AAG CloudWatcher readily availble in your local network:
- disconnect the AAG CloudWatcher's RS232 from your PC, and connect it to the "Solo"
- remove power from the AAG CloudWatcher, and use the same cable to power on the "Solo"
- using the small "male - male" cable, connect the "Solo" to the AAG CloudWatcher
- connect to the network using a standard RJ45 cable (not supplied)