The Blue Astro USB stick weather station is a complete sensor package specifically designed for the serious astro imager. It delivers barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity and dew-point with high precision and comes in a very compact package in the form of a USB stick.
Today's modern mounts require access to meteorological data in the form of temperature, pressure, and sometimes humidity in order to properly compensate for atmospheric refraction. The information needs to be local and affects both pointing and tracking. Access to good sensor data is important both when operating in an observatory and when going portable. For fixed observatories a number of weather station packages ae available, but none of them are suitable for portable use the way Stickstation is. Naturally, the Blue Astro Stickstation can be used in a permanent setup as well.
Housed in a small package similar to a USB memory stick, the Stickstation draws very little power and does not require any exotic device drivers on your system, be it Microsoft Windows, Linux or OSX. For Microsoft Windows users, the Stickstation application stores your data in a SQL database and can also generate data files for various astro imaging software packages.
Stickstation contains firmware that samples the sensor, performs accurate floating-point calculations, and reports to your computer. The firmware can be updated from computers running Microsoft Windows, Linux and OSX.
For Microsoft Windows users, the Stickstation application finds your device automatically and reacquires it should you unplug and re-plug it. Data is stored in a SQLite database, and if you happen to own a 10Micron mount, the application automatically supplies your mount with continuous refraction data. Support for Astro imaging packages is added with each new iteration.
If you want to write your own software for reading the Stickstation, the protocol is fully described in the manual.