SkyVUE Ceilometer / SkyVUE8M
SkyVUE8M Tactical LIDAR Ceilometer
Taktisches LIDAR Ceilometer, bis 8 km Wolkenhöhe
für schnellen Aufbau für militärische oder zivile Anwendungen
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Das SkyVUE™8M Tactical LIDAR Ceilometer ist ideal für schnellen Aufbau (für permanente oder temporäre Installation) für militärische oder zivile Einsätze in jedem Klima.

Durch die robuste Konstruktion braucht das Ceilometer nur sehr wenig Wartung. Es kann ständig in rauher Umgebung eingesetzt werden. Durch sein Design ist es leicht zu tragen. Das SkyVUE™8M hat schnell ausziehbare Beine zur Stabilisierung, ein geringes Gewicht, Tarnfarbe (beige) und zwei verschiedene Cover.

Zur Standardausstattung des SkyVUE™8M zählt die kippbare Basis und ein zweiachsiger Neigungsmesser zur automatischen Korrektur der Wolkenhöhen, Heizung, Lüftung und ein Sonnenfilter — dadurch sind Einsatzgebiete auf der ganzen Welt möglich.

Das SkyVUE™8M hat einen Messbereich von 8 km und entspricht oder übertrifft alle von der ICAO, CAA und WMO geforderten Spezifikationen.

Sehr praktisch sind auch die einfache Stratocumulus Kalibrierung und die zwei internen Uhren. Der SkyVUE8 stellt durch zahlreiche automatische Selbsttests sicher, dass er ständig zuverlässig und korrekt misst.

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Funktionen und Vorteile

  • Single-lens design for high signal-to-noise ratio and maximized detector sensitivity, resulting in greater performance at low and high altitudes
  • Low weight and small form factor for maximum portability
  • Quick-deploy stabilizing legs
  • Multiple camouflage options with shroud
  • Low power consumption with multiple power options
  • Unique continuous comparison of two separate internal quartz clocks to eliminate possibility of clock drift, ensuring measurement confidence
  • User-friendly stratocumulus calibration capability and easy test with provided calibrator plate for easy field setup and calibration


Technische Beschreibung

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

Instrument Performance

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 Type InGaAs
Laser Wavelength 912 nm (±5 nm)
Military Specification
  • MIL-STD-80g (for resistance to shock and vibration)
  • DEF STAN 00-035 (for resistance to shock and vibration)

Electrical Specification

Power Source
  • DC power source only
  • 10 to 40 Vdc, current drain 9 A at 12 Vdc, 4.5 A at 24 Vdc
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.

Environmental Specification

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)

Kompatibel mit

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.


Product Compatible Note
CR1000 (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR9000X (retired)


Product Compatible Note
SkyVUE8M Transport Case


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

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.


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

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

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.

FAQs für

Number of FAQs related to SkyVUE8M: 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.