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Commodore

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New Davis Weather Station
« on: May 04, 2019, 04:12:51 AM »
A friend of mine wants to jump into the personal weather station world without even testing the water. He is interested in a new Davis Instruments  system. What are your recommendations for a full featured weather station that feeds data to his Mac? He will set up a personal web page too.
Alas, I don't have a weather station...but I'm going to have one real soon now.  :-(

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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 10:39:47 AM »
My profile shows one pretty maxed out.

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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 10:48:14 AM »
If money doesn't matter, buy the one Felix has pointed out, Vantage Pro2 plus (https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/wireless-vantage-pro2-plus-including-uv-solar-radiation-sensors/). To get it a bit cheaper your friend can go for the Vue (https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/vantage-vue-wireless-weather-station/). And don't buy at Davis store, many resellers do have better prices...  8)
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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 09:22:23 PM »
I concur with my fellow WeatherCatters. Davis sells at the highest price; everyone else discounts, but you still get Davis warranty and tech support..
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Any issues with site installation? (Re: New Davis Weather Station)
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 10:33:36 PM »
Dear Commodore, Felix, Reinhard, Blick, and WeatherCat station installation consultants,

A friend of mine wants to jump into the personal weather station world without even testing the water. He is interested in a new Davis Instruments  system. What are your recommendations for a full featured weather station that feeds data to his Mac? He will set up a personal web page too.

The faithful have already given you lots of good advice.  Something to consider in addition is how would this station be installed.  If budget issues eventually become involved, the Vantage Vue provides a lot of functionality for the money, but that groups all the sensors in one place.  On the other hand, a number of us Davis VP-2 owners prefer to have the Anemometer some distance away from the other instruments and use a separate data transmitter that Davis sells.

Before your friend jumps and spends money, tell him to spend a little time trying to figure out how he would install that station.  It might save him some time and narrow down some of the choices.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

P.S. Another potential consideration is whether or not you need your instruments within reach of AC power.  This could be important if you want to have a heater to melt snow or perhaps use an AC power fan to aspirate your temperature probe.  Here is a thread with the technique I use to keep my temperature probe exposed to flowing air:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1865.msg16710#msg16710


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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2019, 06:20:49 AM »
My profile shows one pretty maxed out.

Thank you!
Alas, I don't have a weather station...but I'm going to have one real soon now.  :-(

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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2019, 06:22:24 AM »
If money doesn't matter, buy the one Felix has pointed out, Vantage Pro2 plus (https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/wireless-vantage-pro2-plus-including-uv-solar-radiation-sensors/). To get it a bit cheaper your friend can go for the Vue (https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/vantage-vue-wireless-weather-station/). And don't buy at Davis store, many resellers do have better prices...  8)

Thank you! I seem to recall some resellers who were active in this forum.
Alas, I don't have a weather station...but I'm going to have one real soon now.  :-(

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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2019, 06:22:58 AM »
I concur with my fellow WeatherCatters. Davis sells at the highest price; everyone else discounts, but you still get Davis warranty and tech support..

Thanks!
Alas, I don't have a weather station...but I'm going to have one real soon now.  :-(

Commodore

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Re: New Davis Weather Station
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2019, 06:24:03 AM »
Dear Commodore, Felix, Reinhard, Blick, and WeatherCat station installation consultants,

A friend of mine wants to jump into the personal weather station world without even testing the water. He is interested in a new Davis Instruments  system. What are your recommendations for a full featured weather station that feeds data to his Mac? He will set up a personal web page too.

The faithful have already given you lots of good advice.  Something to consider in addition is how would this station be installed.  If budget issues eventually become involved, the Vantage Vue provides a lot of functionality for the money, but that groups all the sensors in one place.  On the other hand, a number of us Davis VP-2 owners prefer to have the Anemometer some distance away from the other instruments and use a separate data transmitter that Davis sells.

Before your friend jumps and spends money, tell him to spend a little time trying to figure out how he would install that station.  It might save him some time and narrow down some of the choices.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

P.S. Another potential consideration is whether or not you need your instruments within reach of AC power.  This could be important if you want to have a heater to melt snow or perhaps use an AC power fan to aspirate your temperature probe.  Here is a thread with the technique I use to keep my temperature probe exposed to flowing air:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1865.msg16710#msg16710

As usual, excellent advice. Thank you!
Alas, I don't have a weather station...but I'm going to have one real soon now.  :-(