How do I interface the cloudwatcher?

Hardware and software setups, autoguiding and plate solving parameters, etc..
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Ron
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Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:05 am

I have cloudwatcher/solo.

In hardware settings of Prism I have "cloud sensor" set to ascom interface option. And below for type I have ASCOM AAGCW safety monitor selected and configured to read the file.
I click Properties and check file and it says file seems ok, weather is reported unsafe now.

So all good.

How does Prism close the shutter of the dome if unsafe? Once I turn on devices. Am I suppose to see a cloudwatcher window? Where do I go from here?

UPDATE I posted above and stumbled onto a tab in telescope status.

TAB is cloud sensor: All data is ??? or N/A and bottom of it says Data grabbed NOW and pool (poll?) device every 10 seconds.

ideas why my data is all missing?

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Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:34 pm

please post a screenshot on how you set up the cloud watcher in the hardware section.
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Ron
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Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:00 pm

sorry I'm excited to get it working, so I'm over zealous.
I'll try and stop drop n roll. =
as you requested.

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Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:07 pm

the best way to get it connected is to choose the second option from the chooser and then select "COM/ ActiveX interface". PRISM will find it automatically and connect to it.
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Ron
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Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:21 pm

thanks - that worked, now how will this close the shutter...
ah - I see - it calls the cloudwatcher program in the background and that will fire off my script to close the shutter?
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