The SkyVUE™8M Tactical LIDAR Ceilometer is ideal for quick tactical deployment (for permanent or temporary installation) for military or civilian applications in all climates.
The ceilometer's robust construction requires minimal maintenance and enables continuous use and multiple deployments in the harshest of environments. Designed to be easily portable, the SkyVUE™8M has unique quick-deploy stabilizing legs, low weight, and a compact design with a beige finish and two canvas covers to suit all applications.
The SkyVUE™8M has many standard features, including a tilting base, a two-axis inclinometer for automatic correction of cloud heights, heaters, blowers, and a sun filter for operation under all conditions—making deployments possible around the world.
The SkyVUE™8M has an operating range of 8 km and meets or exceeds all the necessary ICAO, CAA, and WMO requirements and recommendations.
Unique standard features include an easy-to-operate stratocumulus calibration and twin clocks to augment its many continuous diagnostic self-checks and provide assurance of continuous, reliable, and accurate performance.
The SkyVUE™8M LIDAR ceilometer measures cloud height and vertical visibility for aviation and meteorological applications. Using LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) technology, the ceilometer transmits fast, low-power laser pulses into the atmosphere and detects backscattered returns from clouds and aerosols above the instrument.
A unique, efficient single-lens design increases optical signal-to-noise ratio and allows for larger optics in a compact package, improving accuracy and measurement performance.
This approach, along with state-of-the-art electronics, provides a powerful and stable platform from which to measure cloud height and vertical visibility to high accuracy. The SkyVUE™8M measures the atmosphere with high stability and repeatability, delivering excellent performance in even the harshest of conditions.
The SkyVUE™8M provides information on cloud height, sky condition (up to five layers), vertical visibility, and raw backscatter profiles to a range of 8 km.
|Dimensions||763 x 360 x 253 mm (30.0 x 14.2 x 10.0 in.) including base and handle|
|Weight||18 kg (39.7 lb) excluding cables|
|Reporting Range||0 to 8 km (0 to 26,250 ft)|
|Minimum Reporting Resolution||5 m (16.4 ft)|
|Hard Target Range Accuracy||±0.25%, ±4.6 m (15.1 ft)|
|Reporting Cycle||2 to 600s|
|Cloud Layers Reported||Up to four layers (up to five layers in Sky Condition)|
|Sky Condition||Up to five layers with cover in oktas according to WMO requirements for SYNOP and METAR codes as standard|
|Laser Wavelength||912 nm (±5 nm)|
|Interfaces-Maintenance||USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)|
|Interfaces-Baud Rate||300 to 115200 bps|
|Interfaces-Data||RS-232 / RS-422* / RS-485* / Ethernet option *The standard wiring of the military output connector does not support RS-422 and RS-485 functionality. Functionality to support RS-485 and RS-422 are available by special order only.|
|Temperature Range||-40° to +60°C (-40° to +140°F)|
|Humidity Range||0 to 100% RH|
|IP Rating||IP66 (NEMA 4X)|
|Maximum Wind Speed||55 m/s (123 mph) if securely attached to the ground (without camouflage covers)|
Compliance and Testing
|-NOTE-||Further details regarding compliance and testing are available upon request.|
|EMC Compliance||EN 61326-1:2013|
|Electrical Safety Compliance||EN 61010-1:2010|
|Laser Safety Compliance||EN 60825-1:2014|
|Eye Safety Standard||Class 1M|
|Vibration||BS EN 60068-2-6:2008 Test Fc: Vibration (Sinusoidal)|
|Frequency Range||5 to 150 Hz (exceeds Lloyd's Register test levels)|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
Campbell Viewpoint is viewing software designed to accompany the Campbell Scientific optical sensor range, including the CS135 ceilometer, SkyVUE PRO, SkyVUE 8, SkyVUE 8M, CS120A visibility and CS125 present weather sensors. It is free to download (or via email on request) and use for 100 hours, after which you will need to purchase a key to continue using it.
Viewpoint version 220.127.116.11 has introduced our new ceilometer sensors to the list of instruments that can be monitored. This includes the SkyVue PRO, SkyVUE 8 and SkyVUE 8M.
Previous sensors are still available.
Version 18.104.22.168 also includes some minor bug fixes and improvements to the help menu.
CRBasic data logger programs for use with CS message 1. One example includes a cyclic redundancy check (CRC).
Please contact support for help with programming to read other message types.