Ultra light weight is paramount in all of our products and the BTC-88 is no exception. Weighing in at just 7.8 oz. (220 grams) the standard 88mm ball turret uses the Sony FCB-IX block camera that is controlled via a RS-232 link for a large variety of sensor settings and control of 10:1 optical and 4:1 electronic zoom. Also available is an IR version of the 88 utilizing the FLIR Tau 640.
Construction is composed of molded and machined polymers and carbon fiber. The ball is molded high impact thermoplastic and internally reinforced with a composite laminate. Chassis is fabricated from a combination of light weight polymer and a rigid carbon fiber main mounting plate. All pivoting points use precision ball bearings.
Control is by standard servo inputs (PWM) for the pan and tilt. Easy manual hookup can be done with an R/C transmitter. Most autopilots in use today can output inertial stability parameters in order to take full advantage of the high 1.25 sec for a full 360° rotation capability. The elevation function is equally fast at 0.45 sec with a maximum deflection of 90°. Full pulse width calibration schedules are provided with respect to degrees of pan rotation and tilt angle.