Category Archives: Amateur Science

Rain Sensor

I thought it would be interesting to add a rain sensor to my tipping bucket rain gauge. Because it take time for the bucket to fill and does not always tip right when it stops raining a sensor that detects … Continue reading

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Barn Door Star Tracker

I wanted to take some star pictures with my DSLR and decided a barn door style star tracker would be a fun project to build. Early versions were nothing more than two boards connected by a hinge with a screw … Continue reading

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UVA UVB Sensor

I have a commercial UV Index sensor running but I found an IC sensor chip that would measure UVA and UVB separately and thought it would be interesting to see how the two UV bands varied with respect to each … Continue reading

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IoT Rain Gauge

On thing that is missing from my weather station is automatic reporting of rain fall. I have a manually read CoCoRaHS rain gauge which is more accurate than say a tipping bucket gauge but I thought it would be nice … Continue reading

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Eclipse 2017

I was not up to driving over a 100 miles in hope of finding clear sky in the path of eclipse totality. So I decided to make the most of what could be observed at home where we had about … Continue reading

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Fan Aspirated Temperature Sensor

The temperature sensor for my weather station is a commercial wireless temperature/humidity sensor that I have mounted in a commercial solar radiation shield. It has been in operation for a couple of years and seems to be reasonably accurate. The … Continue reading

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Wren Trouble

This morning I went out to change the bucket on my digger. It has two buckets, one narrow one for trenching and a wider one for moving dirt. There was a tiny bird sitting on the digger arm cussing me … Continue reading

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