Ceilometers / SkyVUEPRO
SkyVUEPRO LIDAR Ceilometer
10 km Ceiling LIDAR Ceilometer
Cloud measurement with advanced signal processing
weather applications water applications energy applications gas flux and turbulence applications infrastructure applications soil applications

Overview

The SkyVUE™PRO LIDAR ceilometer measures cloud height and vertical visibility for meteorological and aviation applications and is ideal for long-term research applications where a high level of detail is required.

Its robust construction is ideal for long-term installation, as it requires minimal maintenance and features a unique stratocumulus calibration procedure—allowing the ceilometer to be calibrated in the field.

The SkyVUE™PRO complies with CAA, WMO, and ICAO guidance and meets or exceeds all recommendations and specifications, including CAP437, CAP670, and CAP746.

With an operational reporting range of 10 km, the SkyVUE™PRO is easy to use yet boasts advanced signal processing and unique optical arrangements to provide superior resolution and performance.

The SkyVUE™PRO has many standard features, from a tilting base and two-axis inclinometer for automatic correction of cloud 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.

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Benefits and Features

  • Single-lens design for high signal-to-noise ratio and maximized detector sensitivity, resulting in greater performance at low and high altitudes
  • High performance and high specification at a competitive price
  • Tilt angles to 24°, improving performance during precipitation events and reducing impact of solar glare
  • Unique continuous comparison of two separate internal quartz clocks to ensure measurement confidence
  • Mixing layer height assessment option for air-quality applications
  • User-friendly stratocumulus calibration capability and easy test with a calibrator plate provided as standard for easy field calibration

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Detailed Description

The SkyVUE™PRO LIDAR ceilometer measures cloud height and vertical visibility for meteorological and aviation applications or long-term research applications where a high level of detail is required. Using LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) technology, the instrument 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. The optics are immune to damage from direct sunlight.

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™PRO measures the atmosphere with high stability and repeatability, delivering excellent performance in even the harshest of conditions.

The SkyVUE™PRO provides information on cloud height, sky condition (up to five layers), vertical visibility, and raw backscatter profiles to a range of 10 km.

An automated Mixing Layer Height (MLH) option is available for air-quality applications. MLH is an important parameter in modelling air quality and air pollution episodes. The MLH is determined based on the operational algorithm used by KNMI, which detects the top of boundary layers.

The algorithm runs within the SkyVUE™PRO itself, and the results are incorporated in data messages, making it easy to incorporate the MLH into whatever systems are already in use without the need to run external special software. If you require the MLH option, please contact us.

The unique stratocumulus calibration capability, which allows users to calibrate measurements of scatter coefficients, uses a simple and user-friendly field method, giving complete confidence in the scatter profiles reported and removes the requirement to have the unit sent back for calibration.

Reliable range measurement is further assured by cross-checking two separate internal quartz clocks, eliminating the possibility of unidentified errors due to clock drift.

The SkyVUE™PRO can be tilted at various angles up to 24°. A small tilt is important, as it allows the ceilometer to resist high levels of reflection from large raindrops and frozen particles that can impair vertical-type sensors. The tilt also improves rain run-off on the ceilometer window, resulting in a much higher performance compared with vertical ceilometers.

Tilting to 24° also means that it can be operated anywhere in the world without the sun shining into the lens and resulting in missing data. An internal two-axis inclinometer provides automatic correction of cloud height at all angles, ensuring ease of installation and confidence that cloud heights are automatically corrected throughout the lifetime of the installation. 

Software for data visualization and interpretation

Ceilometer data can be displayed using Campbell’s Viewpoint software or fed directly into existing data systems. The Campbell Viewpoint software will display the output from the ceilometer in a convenient and configurable form, including information on sky condition, mixing layers, and scatter profiles. All can be displayed simultaneously or separately with ranges and time scales. For more information on Viewpoint click here.

Specifications

Dimensions 100 x 32.7 x 28.1 cm (39.4 x 12.9 x 11.1 in.) including base
Shipping Dimensions 120 x 45.0 x 45.0 cm (47.2 x 17.7 x 17.7 in.)
Weight 32 kg (71 lb) without cables
Shipping Weight 58 kg (127.9 lb)

Instrument Performance

Reporting Range 0 to 10 km (0 to 33,000 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 no clouds selected
Laser Wavelength 912 nm (±5 nm)
Eye Safety Standard Class 1M

Electrical Specification

Power 110, 115, 230 Vac ±10%, 50 to 60 Hz, 470 W maximum
Battery Internal 12 Vdc, 2 Ah battery backup

Provides 2 h measurement, without blower/heater, in the event of mains failure.
Interfaces
  • Data - RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485 / Ethernet
  • Maintenance - USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)
  • Baud Rate - 300 to 115200 bps
Laser Safety Compliance EN60825-1:2001
Electrical Safety Compliance EN61010-1

Environmental Specification

Temperature Range
  • -40° to +60°C (-40° to +140°F) excluding battery
  • -20° to +50°C (-4° to +122°F) with standard battery
Humidity Range 0 to 100% RH
Maximum Wind Speed 55 m/s (123 mph)
IP Rating IP66 (NEMA 4x)

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Data Loggers

Product Compatible Note
CR1000 (retired)
CR1000X
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR300
CR3000
CR310
CR5000 (retired)
CR6
CR800
CR850
CR9000X (retired)

Miscellaneous

Product Compatible Note
36215

Downloads

SkyVUE example programs v.1 (3 KB) 11-07-2019

CRBasic data logger programs for use with the default message, CS message 1. One example includes a cyclic redundancy check (CRC)


SkyVUE PRO-CS135-OS v.14 (429kb) 12-11-2019

Campbell Scientific has introduced a new operating system, OS14 for the SkyVUE PRO and CS135 ceilometer. It is fully backwards compatible. OS14 is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the Campbell Scientific website or supplied by email on request.

Upgrade to OS14 is recommended.

Improvements

OS14 has introduced improvements to overlap functions, cloud detection filters and thresholds to reduce false cloud detection at low and medium heights notably to about 1,000m.

OS14 has increased low level vertical visibility performance and stability particularly from the ground to 50m.

An option “cloudMode A“ has been added to only report the highest cloud seen during precipitation events. This has been added to further minimise the reporting of rain as low cloud.

OS14 has a new command “application n”, which allows the user to select the recommended, optimum settings for specific applications, including Aviation, Research, Air Quality and Meteorology.  In addition, you can specify you own user defaults or select the original default settings for all settings as defined in earlier operating systems. OS14 is pre-configured for Meteorological use in newly purchased SkyView PRO sensors or when OS14 is loaded onto a SkyView PRO or CS135 running earlier operating systems. Individual user settings remain adjustable for further optimisation by the user and for use in other applications.

There is a new option to allow the user to select whether backscatter rolling averages are calculated as mean or median values.  The median option is new and is more effective at removing transient signals caused by birds and insects.  A new parameter has been added in the BS command to permit users to select either option. Other commands affected include “getuser” and “setuser”.

A “mainsFail” flag has been added to the output messages to indicate failure of mains power whilst operating on the backup battery.

OS14 has introduced a global ID (address) of “99” to permit users to connect to the instrument over a serial connection, if the ID is unknown.

A command “loados” has been added to make it easier to load a full new operating system. The selection of specific individual board operating systems, DSP, TOP and PSU, can still be performed and “loados 4” will continue to function, as in previous OS versions.

OS14 now has a wider range of height offsets to allow greater correction of the height of the sensor than previous OS versions.

Fixes

OS14 includes changes to Sky Condition to improve weighted average cloud heights and prevent the small possibility for arithmetic overflow which may result in a spurious layer being reported.

OS14 also includes improved backscatter filtering to reduce the possibility of noise banding when observed with Viewpoint

OS14 supersedes OS13 which had the above features and includes further optimised control of the dirty windows LED.


Campbell Viewpoint v.2.1.0.2 (86 MB) 10-09-2019

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.

Version 2.1.0.2

Viewpoint version 2.1.0.2 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 2.1.0.2 also includes some minor bug fixes and improvements to the help menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to SkyVUEPRO: 1

  1. The cloud ceiling height relates to the height of the base of the cloud where the sky is overcast or has broken cloud cover.


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