Hardware

 

 


 

Package Contents

Connecting the unit

Physical installation

Technical specifications 

Maintenance

Support

 

 

Package Contents

 

The AAG CloudWatcher package contains the following: 

·         Main box with a 10 meter built-in cable

·         A couple of Terminal Block

·         Wall mounting kit

·         Installation and maintenance notes

 

 

Connecting the unit

 

Regarding connections, there are three plugs at the end of the CloudWatcher, as seen in the image:

 


 

• A DB9 connector, for the PC's serial port (or the USB/Serial converter)

• A jack plug for powering the unit. (12 or 15 V, less than 1A, any polarity)

• Two terminals (terminal block also included) for the relay output (this is of optional use to operate the opening/closing mechanism) 

 

and a special, weather resistant IP68 plug to connect our optional anemometer.

 

 

ATTENTION! Do not remove the blue cap unless connecting an anemometer!

 

 

 

 Optional anemometer

 

 

 

Physical installation 

 

 

To ease water evacuation, the device must be installed slightly tilted (10 to 15º is perfect); it is recommended to make the unit point to the zone from where clouds more usually come, thus allowing for an earlier detection. Allow some space between the CloudWatcher and the supporting surface, so water can flow out and air can freely circulate (use the wall mounting kit).

  

A place with a wide sky view and as far as possible from high-radiation areas (such as roofs or concrete flooring) is best to place the unit. If there's no option other than placing the unit over such high-radiation areas, it should be installed high above it to minimize the radiation effects.

 

ATTENTION!

 

Avoid touching the sensors with your bare fingers.

 

Do not apply pressure over the sensors seeing that they are glued to the cover.

 

Be careful when touching the rain surface because it may be hot.

 

The rain sensor is an active component that is subject to heating. The maximum temperature is limited by software and it depends on the constants chosen by the user.

 

The rain sensor should be cleaned to work correctly. The presence of rain is detected by changes of its capacitance property.

 

 

Technical specifications

 

·         Power 12 or 15v, current < 1 A

·         RS232 Serial port

·         Size: 110*85*37 mm.

·         10 m. long wheather-proof cable

 

 

Maintenance

  

The AAG CloudWatcher has been designed to achieve very low maintenance needs; nonetheless, with time, dirt (dust or even birds' droppings...) can handicap the quality of the readings from the unit. Cleaning the sensors' surface with a clean cloth and a bit of alcohol will restore the unit to full performance.

 

 

Support

 

Lunático Astronomía is proud of the quality of the support it offers to its customers. You can reach us at the newly launched English support site www.lunatico.es/support.