AAG CloudWatcher from Lunatico (Spain)
AAG CloudWatcher from Technical Innovations (USA)
A USB-Serial converter is needed before the CloudWatcher device can be connected. These devices are available from many vendors, but largely fall into 3 groups:
• devices manufactured by Keyspan (now TrippLite-Keyspan);
• devices based on the FTDI chipset;
• devices based on Prolific chips.
The Keyspan devices are known to work with this application, but the driver for MacOS X 10.7 (Lion) is still in a beta stage.
The FTDI-based devices (many vendors) are also known to work, have a good reputation and the drivers are frequently updated for MacOS X.
Devices based on the Prolific chipset sometimes present problems on MacOS X. None have been tested with this application.
CloudWatcher requires MacOS X 10.6.6 and has the following requirements for use with the AAG CloudWatcher:
• USB-Serial converter
CloudWatcher is an astronomy utility which can control the AAG CloudWatcher hardware. It reproduces the look-and-feel of the Windows software which ships with the device, and can interoperate with that software. But it also offers many features in addition.
• reproduces most features of the AAG_CloudWatcher;
• automatically detects the optional wind sensor;
• provides wind gust speed as well as configurable averaging;
• provides a measure of sky-temperature standard deviation;
• plots are labelled with natural round values.
CloudWatcher offers Mac-based astronomers the opportunity to use all the capabilities of the AAG CloudWatcher device.
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