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HabCam III - Stereo System


Currently in deveopment.

The primary differences between the original HabCam vehicle and the current systems in development are the addition of a stereo camera system and a Teledyne Benthos C3D 200 kHz side scan acoustic system. The stereo cameras consist of a pair of 12-bit Prosilica gigabit Ethernet cameras (GE1380C, 1360x1024, 20 fps) coupled to a Nikon 12mm C-mount lens providing a field of view of about 1 m^2 at an altitude of 3m off the bottom. The stereo pair images may be viewed in real-time on the ship using a simple prism-based stereo viewer.
The C3D side scan unit communicates with software on the surface via Ethernet using a distinct IP address for real-time display, logging and processing.

Sensors on HabCam II:

placeholder4 Strobes - Perkin Elmer MVS-5000

HabCam II uses four 20 Watt-Second Machine Vision strobes (Perkin Elmer MVS-5000) mounted in underwater housings placed radially around the camera at a distance of about 50 cm. The strobe beams are focused and collimated with fresnel lenses to provide a rectangular beam pattern approximately 1 m2 at an altitude of 3 m off the bottom. Specificatins PDF.


Side scan sonar

Teledyne Benthos C3D 200 kHz

Benthos C3D site and C3D PDF

for more sensor information see the HabCam I vehicle page.