I'd like to unobtrusively read the voltage of a simple thermistor & voltage divider circuit. This is a hot tub/spa controller and it is using 5v -> 20k (R1) -> thermistor (R2) -> ground circuit. I put my multimeter on it which reads fine, but when I connect an esp8266 dev board ADC to this circuit (320k ohm) I am greatly affecting the resistance of the thermistor/R2 and messing up the spa controller temp reading.
Would I be able to get away with a megaohm level voltage divider for my ADC? I have a feeling it wouldn't work though so I haven't tried it yet. Also read a bit about buffers / voltage followers but I'm not sure if that's really as simple as adding one of those inline before my ESP's ADC?
I'm looking for a "good enough" approach. It doesn't have to be perfect, just better than what I have now (which is changing the thermistor resistance by kilo-ohms).