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Re: No rain

Postby australsolarier » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:46 am

yes netatmo seems to be a very good product, but also pricey and there are stations online all over the world. and the rain gauge very very pricey. so is the wind gauge.
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Re: No rain

Postby offgridQLD » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:48 am

The Davis units looked good Gordon. Sounds like what It fits what I am looking for. Is the outdoor temp guage seperate . So you can locate it in the shade?

Edit:
Well I just got lucky . I went online and The rain gauge for the Netatmo station retails for about $150 .

I just picked one up on ebay that is missing the steel pin for the tipper bucket on the guage. obviously they went to clean it and lost the pin in the grass :lol: So I got it for $1 + postage.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/272377324954

Some times you get lucky :D ....looks at the pile of SS tig welding filler wire scraps of various diameters on workbench ;)

Now I just need to get the main base unit for $1 ....missing the power cord ;)

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Re: No rain

Postby offgridQLD » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:17 am

This is the image if the unit on the ebay listing.
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Tipper bucket without steel pin
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This is what it should look like new and working.
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Looks almost like the larger plastic lugs on the side of the tipper bucket locate in the main unit but don't work as the axle. Or the perhaps the steel pin is just used as a sensor for a magnet ?

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Re: No rain

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:24 am

Outside temp is measured inder the rain gauge collector, its got a shaded louvred surround which keeps it pretty close to the real air temp as long as there is a little bit of a breeze. You can get a fan that fits on to improve accuracy in calm sunny weather, but that would be easy to do with a 5W PV panel and computer fan. I haven't bothered setting one up so far, but might get around to it one day.
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Re: No rain

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:28 am

The magnet would go through the lower set of holes, it could well be a cylindical pin, and the upper plastic extensions would be the axle I think.
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Re: No rain

Postby bpratt » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:34 am

offgridQLD wrote:Overall the rain gauge was ok every 6 months when swapping the battery out (just set a alarm on my phone calendar) I would also inspect and clean the rain gauge. No bugs or spiders (though I did spay it with surface spray) there was some silt from the dirt road dust but not enough to effect performance for what i was using it for. The most disappointing thing was the outside temp gauge. It was always to high as the unit would heat up in direct sun and then the plastic would hold that heat in its mass. So daytime summer temp reading where useless. The wind gauge I never payed much attention to looked to work ok.


Baygon is your friend with tipping rain gauges. :)

As far as outdoor temperature sensors go, you should build yourself a Stevenson Screen .... here's the one that I built, and has been copied by others around the world. :-
http://www.jimboombaweather.com/station/stevenson.html


BTW, I use a Davis VP2 6163 station here.
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Re: No rain

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:13 pm

Venturing a bit off topic (which I guess is on topic for the off-topic chatter section! :) ) weather enthusiasts will be interested in this real-time lightning tracker: http://www.lightningmaps.org/#y=-29.333 ... dl=7;dc=0;

Zoom in and it shows the expanding (at the speed of sound) thunder sound front, and I've found it is pretty close to what I've heard so far, but I haven't had any really intense storms overhead in the past 6 months that I've been using it, but for strikes 5-30km away its been good. There's also a phone app that you can configure to warn you of approaching storms.
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Re: No rain

Postby bpratt » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:49 pm

Have seen that one, and am looking at providing my data from my Boltek detector to it.
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Re: No rain

Postby offgridQLD » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:05 pm

Yes Gordon, I think that's how it's set up. Could be missing the magnet to looking at the pics...will see when I get it. Read below.... lightning detector is a option for new weather station I purchased.

So after doing a little research over the weekend. The Netatmo rain gauge will be repaired and put up for sale again on ebay. To cut a long story short the It looks like to much attention has been payed to cosmetics glossy web pages at the expense of customer service,software bug fixing and even electronic design faults that don't have a acceptable fixes. To add to this some of the addition data that I asumed was collected locally was just relayed from state wide online feeds.

So I scrapped the netatmo idea.

I ordered another weather station wind,rain,temp all in one station (that has a fan inside the unit) it also comes with a indoor wifi hub that connects it to the internet for data logging (without needing a pc running 24/7) data logging is through supplied apple/android apps and it also works with common 3rd party web apps. The WiFi hub can collect data from up to 10 sensors. So if I am still not happy with the outdoor temp readings in the all I one unit (even with the internal fan) I can install another outdoor sensor under the veranda in the shade. All sensors have user calibration option.

Some other wireless add on sensors that they offer that could be handy to connect to the hub.(total of 10 sensors)

Water temp sensor probe
soil temp sensor probe
Pipe temp sensor probe
lightning detector sensor


Will do a small honest review on it when I get it .

Back on topic :lol: , Had 9.5mm of rain on the weekend .
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Re: No rain

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:36 pm

More rain here over the weekend too, 135mm for the month now. Rain wasn't the only thing to come down on the weekend here- just after I'd harvested 7 rainbow trout on Friday night from the aquaponics and was about to process them, this interrupted proceedings somewhat.

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Fortunately only a couple of small dents to the roof, but my wife's plant nursery suffered quite a bit of damage, crushed seedlings, snapped off trees etc.
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