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Are the CMP6-L, CMP11-L, and CMP21-L similar in accuracy and measurements?

All of these pyranometers measure the amount of solar short-wave radiation incident on a surface. Because of their accuracy and performance level, the CMP11-L and CMP21-L are classified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as Secondary Standard sensors, representing the highest level of measurements made by pyranometers. In comparison, the CMP6-L is classified as a First Class sensor, which is the middle classification for pyranometers. (Second Class is the lowest pyranometer classification.)

To create a network of accurate solar irradiance measurements, do all of the stations need a Secondary Standard pyranometer?
The ISO and WMO classify First Class pyranometers, such as the CMP6-L, as suitable for network operations. However, if accuracy is of paramount concern, consider using Secondary Standard pyranometers, such as the CMP11-L and CMP21-L, instead.
Is a calibration certificate available for the CMP6-L, CMP11-L, and CMP21-L pyranometers?

Yes. Each pyranometer is shipped with an instruction manual provided by Kipp & Zonen that contains information concerning its construction, spectral sensitivity, cosine response, and a simple sensor check out procedure. Included with the sensor and manual is a calibration certificate with the sensor sensitivity value and serial number.

Do the CMP6-L, CMP11-L, and CMP21-L require a power supply?
No. These are all passive devices that create their own voltage signal as a response to the measurement being made. There is, however, a heater and ventilator for these sensors (CVF3-L) that requires a power supply.
Can leads for the CMP6-L, CMP11-L, or CMP21-L be ordered in a length of 300 ft? If so, is this a single, continuous cable, or are there two different cables that are joined together?
A cable length of 300 ft can be used with the understanding that additional noise may be introduced into the measurement. Typically, in systems with pyranometers, the sensors are installed near the datalogger (within 50 ft). If an application requires long leads, contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific for assistance.
What are the different cable length choices available for Campbell Scientific sensors?

Most Campbell Scientific sensors are available as an –L, which indicates a user-specified cable length. If a sensor is listed as an –LX model (where “X” is some other character), that sensor’s cable has a user-specified length, but it terminates with a specific connector for a unique system:

  • An –LC model has a user-specified cable length for connection to an ET107, CS110, or retired Metdata1.
  • An –LQ model has a user-specified cable length for connection to a RAWS-P weather station.

If a sensor does not have an –L or other –LX designation after the main model number, the sensor has a set cable length. The cable length is listed at the end of the Description field on the product’s Ordering tab. For example, the 034B-ET model has a description of “Met One Wind Set for ET Station, 67 inch Cable.” Products with a set cable length terminate, as a default, with pigtails.

If a cable terminates with a special connector for a unique system, the end of the model number designates which system. For example, the 034B-ET model designates the sensor as a 034B for an ET107 system.

  • –ET models terminate with the connector for an ET107 weather station.
  • –ETM models terminate with the connector for an ET107 weather station, but they also include a special system mounting, which is often convenient when purchasing a replacement part.
  • –QD models terminate with the connector for a RAWS-F Quick Deployment Station.
  • –PW models terminate with the connector for a PWENC or pre-wired system.
What are the different cable termination options available for Campbell Scientific sensors?

Many Campbell Scientific sensors are available with different cable termination options. These options include the following:

  • The –PT (–PT w/Tinned Wires) option is the default option and does not display on the product line as the other options do. The cable terminates in pigtails that connect directly to a datalogger.
  • In the –C (–C w/ET/CS110 Connector) option, the cable terminates in a connector that attaches to a CS110 Electric Field Meter or an ET-series weather station.
  • In the –CWS (–CWS w/CWS900 Connector) option, the cable terminates in a connector that attaches to a CWS900-series interface. Connection to a CWS900-series interface allows the sensor to be used in a wireless sensor network.
  • In the –PW (–PW w/Pre-Wire Connector) option, the cable terminates in a connector that attaches to a prewired enclosure.
  • In the –RQ (–RQ w/RAWS Connector) option, the cable terminates in a connector that attaches to a RAWS-P Permanent Remote Automated Weather Station.

Note: The availability of cable termination options varies by sensor. For example, sensors may have none, two, or several options to choose from. If a desired option is not listed for a specific sensor, contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific for assistance.

Where are the available cable termination options listed for a particular sensor?

Not every sensor has different cable termination options. The options available for a particular sensor can be checked by looking in two places on the Ordering tab of the sensor product page:

  • Model number
  • Cable Termination Options list

If a sensor is offered in an –ET, –ETM, –LC, –LQ, or –QD version, that option’s availability is reflected in the sensor model number. For example, the 034B is offered as the 034B-ET, 034B-ETM, 034B-LC, 034B-LQ, and 034B-QD.

All of the other cable termination options, if available, are listed on the Ordering tab of the sensor product page under “Cable Termination Options.” For example, the 034B-L Wind Set is offered with the –CWS, –PT, and –PW options, as shown on the Ordering tab of the 034B-L product page.

Note: As newer products are added to our inventory, typically, we will list multiple cable termination options under a single sensor model rather than creating multiple model numbers. For example, the HC2S3-L has a –C cable termination option for connecting it to a CS110 instead of offering an HC2S3-LC model. 

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(1) Sun Shield from original mfg

(2) Nylon washers from original mfg

(2) Bolts for mounting from original mfg

(1) Instruction Manual (including Calibration Certificate) from original mfg

(1) Lens Cloth from original mfg