The CS125 is an infrared forward-scatter visibility and present weather sensor for stand-alone use or with automatic weather stations including those for road, marine, and airport applications. The CS125 has an attached 5 m (16.4 ft) cable and DB9 connector.Read More
The CS125 uses the well-established forward scatter system for visibility measurement, using a 42° scatter angle, which gives accurate estimates of Meteorological Observable Range (M.O.R.) for fog and snow.
It identifies precipitation particles from their scattering properties and fall speeds, and combines this with a temperature measurement to identify the weather type. It has downward-pointing optics that reduce the risk of contamination of the optics and blockage with snow. Interference to the sample volume from the sensor by flow distortion or heat is minimized.
It also provides reliable present weather information in the form of SYNOP codes, including information on the intensity of precipitation. Accumulation can also be reported.
The CS125 uses continuous high-speed sampling to reduce errors during mixed-weather events and events that return intermittent signals, such as rain and hail, while still providing reliable readings during more stable events, such as fog and mist. The CS125 has high immunity to interference from the visible and infrared warning lights used to mark obstructions, such as wind turbines.
The sensor can be set to a lower sampling frequency to save power, if required.
The CS125 incorporates low-power dew prevention heaters, as well as higher-power anti-icing heaters for the hoods as standard. These heaters are automatically controlled to ensure operation in all weather, or they can be disabled individually to save power.
The CS125 continuously monitors its own status and will report internal faults and contamination or blockage of the sensor lenses. It also has two user-configurable alarm outputs that can be used to drive audio or visual alarms using solid-state relays.
The CS125 is certified by Deutscher Wetterdienst as suitable for use to control wind turbine obstruction light systems as specified by 506/04, General Administrative Rules for the Identification of Aircraft Obstructions.
|Maximum Reported Visibility||75 km|
|Minimum Reported Visibility||5 m (16.4 ft)|
|Outputs||Present and past weather: identifies as standard mist, fog, drizzle, freezing drizzle, drizzle and snow, rain, freezing rain, rain and drizzle, rain and snow and snow. 56 SYNOP present weathers codes and associated METAR and NWS present weather codes - hail detection option; past weather code option.|
|Precipitation Detection Sensitivity||0.05 mm/h|
|Accumulation Reporting Range||0 - 999.9 mm|
|Accumulation Resolution||0.1 mm|
|Rain Intensity Range||0 - 999.9 mm|
|Intensity Resolution||0.1 mm|
|Operating Temperature Range||-25° to +60°C (standard)|
|Extended Operating Temperature Range||-40° to +70°C (This extended version is available as a special. Contact Campbell Scientific for more information.)|
|Operating Humidity||0 . . . 100%|
|Operating Wind Speed||Up to 60 m/s|
|Sensor Sealing||Rated to IP66|
|Total Unit Power||Less than 3 W while sampling continuously (including dew heaters)|
|Material||Stainless steel and hard-anodized aluminium powder-coated|
|Mountings||Stainless-steel clip on V-bolt mounting to pole with diameter of 32 to 52.5 mm|
|Frangible Mast||Frangible masts are available to customer requirements to meet ICAO recommendations (typically placing the sample volume at 2.5 m).|
|Mounting Pole||An optical mounting pole is available to place the sample volume at 1.5 m, as recommended by the WMO.|
|Visibility Sensor Dimensions||540 x 640 x 246 mm including mount|
|Sensor Weight||~3 kg dependent upon mounting system|
|Supplied with||5 m long cables as standard Other lengths are available|
|Manufactured from||stainless steel and hard-anodised aluminium powder coated|
Lower power states can be achieved by less frequent sampling and remote control of heaters.
Optional power supplies with battery backup available.
Connectors in place of flying leads are available.
A low-voltage shutdown level can be set to prevent backup batteries from being damaged.
|Electronics Supply Voltage||7 to 30 Vdc|
|Hood Heater Supply Voltage||24 V (dc or ac)|
|Hood Heater Power||2 x 30 W (total of 60 W)|
|Dew Heater Power||2 x 0.6 W (total of 1.2 W)|
|Serial Interface||RS-232 or RS-485|
|Serial Data Rates||1200 to 115,200 bps (38,400 bps default rate)|
|Alarm Outputs||2 x 0 to 5 V outputs, 32 mA (max)|
Lens contamination circuitry monitors both the source and detector lenses for contamination/blockage at 1 s intervals.
The sensor can be configured to adjust calibration for low to moderate window contamination.
Light source stability control ensures stable operation through variations in temperature and with sensor aging.
Corrected at 1 s intervals.
|Emitter Light Frequency||850 nm|
Campbell Viewpoint is viewing software designed to accompany the Campbell Scientific optical sensor range, including the CS135 ceilometer, CS120A visibility and CS125 present weather sensors. It is free to download and use for 100 hours, after which you will need to purchase a key to continue using it. It is available with single or multiple sensor viewing options and also with data logging capability, please contact your Campbell Scientific office or representative for further information.
Campbell Scientific has introduced a new operating system, OS11, for the CS120A visibility sensor and CS125 present weather sensor. It is fully backwards compatible and is easily installed on all CS120A and CS125 sensors (but not older CS120 sensors). OS11 is available free of charge and can be downloaded or supplied by email on request.
Upgrade to OS11 is recommended.
Campbell Scientific has introduced a new operating system, OS12, for the CS120A visibility sensor and CS125 present weather sensor. It is fully backwards compatible and is easily installed on all CS120A and CS125 sensors (but not older CS120 sensors). OS12 is available free of charge and can be downloaded or supplied by email on request.
Upgrade to OS12 is recommended.
Changes to both CS120A and CS125
Improvements have been made in OS12 to enable the sensor to report EXCO in the custom message output.
In Device Configuration, OS12 displays the OS firmware version number that is currently installed in the sensor. This is to make OS version identification easier. To benefit from this feature it will be necessary to use the latest version of Device Configuration.
Changes to CS125 only
OS12 adds the function of reading both Temperature & Relative Humidity data from a Campbell datalogger, via SDI-12.
This operating system supports the display of past SYNOP weather codes in the custom message output.
When using Device Configuration’s settings-editor to make multiple changes to the settings of a CS125, OS12 ensures that saved settings-files can be created and uploaded completely using the Device Configuration’s read function. This does not affect the CS120A.
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 126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52 also includes some minor bug fixes and improvements to the help menu.