Nova Handheld Laser Power Meter & Energy Meter Ophir


Compact and Durable Handheld Power & Energy Meter
  • Compatible with all standard Ophir Thermopile, Pyroelectric & Photodiode sensors.
  • Single shot energy measurement with thermal sensors.
  • Optional RS232 computer interface. Works with Ophir's StarCom32 application.
  • Power and energy logging with graphical display and statistics.
  • Laser Power Measurement averaging.
  • Easy to use soft keys, menu ...
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  • PC Software & Drivers

    This section describes various ways to interface the Ophir meter to your PC as well as the software options available.


  • StarCom

    The StarCom application together with the Ophir meters that utilize the RS232 protocol turns your PC or laptop into a full-fledged Ophir laser power/energy meter. StarCom supports all major Ophir sensors. Supports the Nova, LaserStar, Nova-II, and Vega meters.

  • LabView

    Library supplied for a complete measurement interface with most of our USB speaking devices (StarLite, Juno, Nova-II, Pulsar, USBI, Vega). Makes use of our new COM object.


I have multiple sensors. Do I need a specific meter for each sensor or can I use one meter for all of my sensors?

With Ophir's Smart Head technology sensors can be interchanged between different meters easily. The calibration and setting information is stored in the sensors Smart Head connector so it moves with the sensor to the new meter. It is recommended that you power off your Nova meter before removing the sensor, but the new Nova II and Vega meters detect that a sensor has been removed or attached and will power cycle themselves when doing this.


How does an energy meter measure above the maximum frequency at which it can record every pulse?

The energy meters will then sample at close to its maximum frequency. For instance measuring 10 KHz with a PD10 Sensor and Nova II where the maximum frequency for every pulse on the Nova II is 4 KHz: in this case, the Nova II will pick out pulses at a rate of close to 4 KHz and sample them, i.e. the Nova II will record 40% of the pulses.


What is the Ophir meter zeroing and when should it be performed?

In all Ophir instruments, all adjustments, including zeroing internal circuits, are done from the software. This ensures simple and accurate realignment. The zeroing process helps eliminate internal biases in the unit which could affect accuracy of measurements. It is recommended to re-zero the instrument every 2 months for best performance. Specific instructions for doing this are found in the relevant User Manual for each instrument.


Can I use a third party sensor with the Ophir power/energy meters?

No, only Ophir power/energy sensors with the Smart Head connection will work with the Ophir power/energy meters.

Easy Setup of an Ophir Power Meter and Sensor Easy Setup of an Ophir Power Meter and Sensor
Setting Your Laser Power Meter To a Custom Wavelength Setting Your Laser Power Meter To a Custom Wavelength Setting Your Laser Power Meter To a Custom Wavelength

Learn how to set the correct wavelength for your measurement, even when the wavelength you need is not one of the default wavelengths offered by the meter.

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See how easy it is to setup an Ophir power meter and sensor to measure your laser's power and energy.


Customers that purchase the above items also purchase the items below. Ophir-Spiricon meters and sensors include a standard manufacturers warranty for one year. Add a one year Extended Warranty to your meter or sensor, which includes one recalibration.
  • Carrying Case

    Carrying Case


    Carrying case 38x30x11cm. For laser power / energy meter and up to three sensors

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  • Nova RS232 Assembly

    RS232 adapter with standard 2 meter cable (including software)
    P/N 7Y78105 replaces P/N 78105

    Out of stock
  • RS232 adapter with 5 meter cable

    RS232 adapter with 5 meter cable (including software)
    P/N 7Y71052 replaces P/N 781052

  • RS232 adapter with 8 meter cable

    RS232 adapter with 8 meter cable (including software)
    P/N 7Y71051 replaces P/N 781051

  • Battery Pack for Nova


    Replacement battery pack for Nova

  • Nova PE-C Adapter

    Nova PE-C Adapter


    The adapter plugs between the Nova D15 socket and the smart plug of the PE-C sensor to allow the Nova to operate with PE-C series sensors. See PE-C spec sheet for details.


  • Which Laser Power Meter is Right for You?

    Which Laser Power Meter is Right for You?

    We know that sometimes people really do want the all-in-one pen with compass et al, but other times they really just want the basic product. Before StarLite came around, you had two main options for a laser power meter. You could go down the Vega / Nova II route: top-of-the-line meters that can do pretty much anything you can think of doing with your laser power measurement. Then there’s the more basic meters (Nova / Laserstar), which still have some functionality, but are more affordable options for whomever doesn’t need the ultimate laser power meter.

  • How to Measure Different Wavelengths with a Laser Power Meter

    How to Measure Different Wavelengths with a Laser Power Meter

    There’s been some confusion lately about the “laser” setting on an Ophir power meter. Joe will ask: “What if my laser isn’t exactly one of the predetermined wavelengths? Will it still work?” Amanda says, “Can I set the Nova II to 633nm to check how much of that wavelength is in my broadband light source?”

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