Reading Serial Data from the TriMetric

So I LOVE the Bogart Engineering TriMetric TM-2030 and SC-2030 monitor and charge controller.  A match made in heaven, for sure.

Now, according to the TriMetric’s Technical Manual :

Serial data output: For extreme techies only: The TM-2030 also has a serial 0-5V output with streaming “real
time” serial (ASCII) data that could be used to control other electronics.

Oooooo!  I’m an extreme techie!  (Well…I wish I was anyway)  I could get power system data to put on the obs status page I haven’t built yet!

This is where things went bad.  *lol*

Well..ok..not bad.  But like any good “maker project”, nothing’s as it seems, nothing’s complete, there’s no reliable thorough documentation…you know the drill. 🙂

SO!  Over the weekend of the 17th, I was able to at least make headway, and start getting streams of data from the TriMetric!

Since there’s much to lead one astray, and I can’t POSSIBLY be the only one wanting to do this, I’m going to try to document what i find and learn along the way.

Code, pics, and diagrams can be found on GitHub (always check Dev Branch first!)

This entry was posted in Astroimaging Gear, HowTo and Tutorials. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.