MBox USB Weather Station

Tuesday, 8 November 2016  |  Steve

The MBox USB Meteostation is a small (fits in the palm of your hand) self-contained weather sensing device that delivers barometric pressure, temperature, humidity and dew point information with high accuracy. 

Sophisticated telescope mounts usually allow the creation of models to minimise inaccuracies in pointing and tracking that can result from mechanical tolerances, atmospheric refraction and other factors. In order for this model to be of the highest quality, the mount computer or controlling software can use the data that MBox provides and thus improve the accuracy in their calculations. 

MBox uses a Bosch Sensortec BME280 Sensor and an Atmel ATmega328P microprocessor. 

It features a Micro-USB port and comes in a handy, small 6 x 6 x 3.5 cm enclosure. The small size makes it suitable for mobile astronomy as well as stationary setups inside an observatory.