The SkyVUE™8 LIDAR Ceilometer is ideal for measuring cloud base heights and vertical visibility at airports, helipads (onshore or offshore), and other meteorological applications. The SkyVUE™8 measures the atmosphere with high stability and repeatibility, providing you with information on cloud base heights, sky condition (up to five layers), vertical visibility, and raw backscatter profiles. Notably, the ceilometer meets or exceeds all the necessary ICAO, CAA, and WMO requirements and recommendations.
Because of its robust construction, the SkyVUE™8 only requires minimal maintenance and can be continuously used in either static or mobile applications in harsh environments. Its compact design and low weight of 18 kg make it easy to transport and deploy.
With an operational reporting range of 8 km, the SkyVUE™8 has one of the highest in its class. It is easy to use yet features advanced signal processing and unique optics to provide superior resolution and performance.
The SkyVUE™8 has many standard features, from a tilting base and two-axis inclinometer for automatic correction of cloud base heights to heaters, blowers, and a sun filter for operation under all conditions—making deployments possible around the world.
Unique standard features include an easy-to-operate stratocumulus calibration, long-life back-up battery, and twin clocks to augment its many continuous diagnostic self-checks and provide assurance of continuous, reliable, and accurate performance.Read More
|Dimensions||737 x 294 x 240 mm (29.0 x 11.6 x 9.5 in.) including tilt base|
|Weight||18 kg (39.7 lb)|
|Reporting Range||0 to 8 km (0 to 26,250 ft)|
|Minimum Reporting Resolution||5 m (15 ft)|
|Hard Target Range Accuracy||±0.25%, ±4.6 m|
|Reporting Cycle||2 to 600 s|
|Cloud Layers Reported||Up to four layers|
|Sky Condition||Up to five layers with cover in oktas according to WMO requirements for SYNOP and METAR codes as standard|
|Vertical Visibility||Reported when there is obscuration but no clouds detected|
|Laser Wavelength||912 nm (±5 nm)|
|Eye Safety Standard||Class 1M|
|AC Power Source||115/230 Vac ±15% (auto switching), 50 to 60 Hz Power drain from 230 V is 15 W minimum, up to 380 W with all the heaters on.|
|DC Power Source Only||10 to 40 Vdc, current drain 1 A at 12 Vdc, 0.5 A at 24 Vdc (The AC heaters are not used when powered from DC alone.)|
|Battery||Internal 12 V 7 Ah battery backup|
|Laser Safety Compliance||EN 60825-1:2014|
|EMC Compliance||EN 61326-1:2013|
|Electrical Safety Compliance||EN 61010-1:2010|
|Temperature Range||-40° to +60°C (-40° to +140°F) excluding battery|
|Humidity Range||0 to 100% RH|
|IP Rating||IP66 (NEMA 4X)|
|Maximum Wind Speed||55 m/s (123 mph)|
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