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IObservingConditions Interface
Defines the IObservingConditions Interface. This interface provides a limited set of values that are useful for astronomical purposes for things such as determining if it is safe to open or operate the observing system, for recording astronomical data or determining refraction corrections.

Namespace: ASCOM.DeviceInterface
Assembly: ASCOM.DeviceInterfaces (in ASCOM.DeviceInterfaces.dll) Version: 6.0.0.0 (6.3.0.2839)
Syntax
public interface IObservingConditions

The IObservingConditions type exposes the following members.

Properties
  NameDescription
Public propertyAveragePeriod
Gets And sets the time period over which observations will be averaged
Public propertyCloudCover
Amount of sky obscured by cloud
Public propertyConnected
Set to True to connect to the device hardware. Set to False to disconnect from the device hardware. You can also read the property to check whether it is connected. This reports the current hardware state.
Public propertyDescription
Returns a description of the device, such as manufacturer and model number. Any ASCII characters may be used.
Public propertyDewPoint
Atmospheric dew point at the observatory
Public propertyDriverInfo
Descriptive and version information about this ASCOM driver.
Public propertyDriverVersion
A string containing only the major and minor version of the driver.
Public propertyHumidity
Atmospheric humidity at the observatory
Public propertyInterfaceVersion
The interface version number that this device supports. Must return 1 for this interface version.
Public propertyName
The short name of the driver, for display purposes
Public propertyPressure
Atmospheric pressure at the observatory
Public propertyRainRate
Rain rate at the observatory
Public propertySkyBrightness
Sky brightness at the observatory
Public propertySkyQuality
Sky quality at the observatory
Public propertySkyTemperature
Sky temperature at the observatory
Public propertyStarFWHM
Seeing at the observatory measured as star full width half maximum (FWHM) in arc secs.
Public propertySupportedActions
Returns the list of action names supported by this driver.
Public propertyTemperature
Temperature at the observatory
Public propertyWindDirection
Wind direction at the observatory
Public propertyWindGust
Peak 3 second wind gust at the observatory over the last 2 minutes
Public propertyWindSpeed
Wind speed at the observatory
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Methods
  NameDescription
Public methodCode exampleAction
Invokes the specified device-specific action.
Public methodCommandBlind
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and does not wait for a response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
Public methodCommandBool
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and waits for a boolean response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
Public methodCommandString
Transmits an arbitrary string to the device and waits for a string response. Optionally, protocol framing characters may be added to the string before transmission.
Public methodDispose
Dispose the late-bound interface, if needed. Will release it via COM if it is a COM object, else if native .NET will just dereference it for GC.
Public methodRefresh
Forces the driver to immediately query its attached hardware to refresh sensor values
Public methodSensorDescription
Provides a description of the sensor providing the requested property
Public methodSetupDialog
Launches a configuration dialog box for the driver. The call will not return until the user clicks OK or cancel manually.
Public methodTimeSinceLastUpdate
Provides the time since the sensor value was last updated
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Remarks
It is NOT intended as a general purpose environmental sensor system. The Action method and SupportedActions property can be used to extend your driver to present any further sensors that you need.
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