New IR Lens for Commercial UAVs Hits the Market

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The Ophir business unit of MKS Instruments Inc. has released its LightIR continuous-zoom, infrared thermal imaging lens for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Designed for use in commercial applications of small drones, the lightweight LightIR’s F/5.5 zoom lens offers a focal length of 20 mm to 275 mm, delivering a high zoom ratio over the entire zoom range, the company says. Also, a single board controller provides a micro switch option to select between RS485 and RS232 communications.

“LightIR features an innovative and unique optomechanical design that combines a lightweight, compact lens with a special zoom and focus movement,” explains Yitzhak Raif, general manager of the Ophir optics group.

The company notes that the LightIR thermal imaging lens is available for order now, with delivery starting in the third quarter.

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