Catalog & Manuals
How can I control Ophir USB speaking devices from the PC?
All USB speaking devices (EA-1, Juno, Juno+, Pulsar and USBI as well as the StarBright, Centauri, Vega, Nova-II, and StarLite Power and Energy Meters) can be controlled via our StarLab. This provides full remote control and measurement capabilities. In addition, system integrators can make use of the OphirLMMeasurement COM object for all of our USB speaking devices that are included in the application installation. Documentation and Examples in Visual Basic, LabVIEW are found in the "Automation Examples" sub-directory of your StarLab directory.Close
What is the maximum number of sensors that can be connected via USB to one PC?
The StarLab can support up to 8 sensors simultaneously. This can be through attaching 8 sensors to 8 different USB Interfaces, 8 sensors to 2 Pulsars or any combination in between. Note that when working with a large number of devices you may run out of ports on the PC. In that case, you must use a USB compliant Hub.Close
What is the difference between the StarCom and StarLab PC applications?
StarCom is our legacy PC application which connects via RS232 (not USB), for old Ophir instruments having RS232 interface capability (Vega, Nova II, LaserStar and Nova). It performs all basic functions such as real-time data logging, saving data in PC file, off-line data viewing, printing, etc. For a relatively new computer, you'd have to check that it has a serial port to which to connect the meter. The last release of StarCom was in 2008, with all that this implies. StarCom should nevertheless be able to work on a Win7 32 bit PC. More information, including software download, is available at https://www.ophiropt.com/laser-measurement-instruments/laser-power-energy-meters/software/starcom.
StarLab is our full-featured PC application that connects via USB to all Ophir USB-speaking instruments (Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Vega and Nova II meters, as well as Juno, Juno+, EA-1, Pulsar, USBI and the Bluetooth-enabled Quasar PC interfaces). In addition to all basic measurement and data logging functions, it also offers a wide range of special functions (including user-defined mathematical functions), multi-channel operation, COM Object for integration with external systems, etc. More information, and software download, is available at https://www.ophiropt.com/en/laser-measurement-instruments/laser-power-energy-meters/software/starlab.Close
How can I interface my Ophir Power Meter (Juno, USBI, Pulsar, NOVA II, Vega) to LabVIEW?
For customers using the new LabVIEW COM Demo, there is nothing additional to do. Just open it and get started. If writing your own LabVIEW application, make sure that the OphirLMMeasurement COM Object is included in your LabVIEW application
For customers using the legacy OphInstr LabVIEW package, here are additional clarification steps to assist establishing the interface to LabVIEW when connecting an Ophir meter such as the Juno/USBI/Nova II/Vega with the USB.
The sequence for preparing to interface the Ophir USBI (or meters connected through USB) with LabVIEW is generally as follows:
- Disconnect any USBI OPHIR Device from the PC
- Run SwapINF utility
- Set LabVIEW option On
- Press "Swap" button - You will be prompted to "Remove the Ophir USBI Devices before continuing"
- Press "OK" (you have already removed these)
- Press "OK" again (after SwapINF is done)
- Reconnect the Ophir USBI device to the PC that you wish to apply LabVIEW VI's on If asked by Wizard (i.e. in XP) to update software etc.
- Select "not this time" & press "next" button
- Again, press "next" (install software automatically)
From here on you may apply LabVIEW VI's on your deviceClose
I see there is newer version of StarLab software available. Why should I upgrade?
Do I need to recalibrate my instrument? How often must it be recalibrated?
- PC Software & Drivers
This section describes various ways to interface the Ophir meter to your PC as well as the software options available.
The StarLab application together with an Ophir meter turns your PC or laptop into a full-fledged laser power/energy meter. Supports most Ophir laser power/energy sensors. Up to 8 sensors can be displayed at once on one PC. By using the Ophir COM Object, you can control the device from your own application. Supports the Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Juno, Juno+, Nova II, Vega, Pulsar-1/2/4, Quasar, EA-1 and USBI devices.
Library supplied for a complete measurement interface with most of our USB speaking devices (Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, USBI, Vega). Makes use of our new COM object.
- Firmware - USB Interface
Besides their use as stand-alone, fully featured laser power/energy meters, Ophir devices are easily incorporated into larger end-user applications. This allows system integrators to leverage Ophir’s excellence in measurement capabilities with legacy analysis packages.
Ophir provides a common interface for communication and control of all of our USB speaking devices. OphirLMMeasurement is a COM Object that is included as part of the StarLab installation (StarLab 2.10 and higher) that allows the system integrator to take control of the Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, USBI and Vega, Centauri, StarBright and StarLite devices; integrating them into his in-house measurement and analysis package.
For communication via USB, device drivers and additional support software must be installed on your PC. These components are installed as part of the StarLab application’s installation process.
System Integrators will need the following components:
- OphirLMMeasurement COM Object.pdf lists and describes the methods and events available for configuring, controlling and uploading measurements from Ophir devices.
- OphirLMMeasurement.dll. COM object component developed and supplied by Ophir for communication with the Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, USBI, Vega, Centauri, StarBright and StarLite devices. The COM object is registered when the application is installed.
- OphirLMMeasurement COM Object.pdf describes how to register it on another PC where the Ophir application has not been installed.
- Standard USB cable (P/N 7E01202) for use with the Pulsar and USBI devices (included).
- Ophir provides example projects of COM Object clients in VC#, VB.NET and LabVIEW. These are found in the Automation Examples subdirectory of our StarLab PC Application.
- For direct control of the device, refer to User Commands
Sometimes we want to not only get a reading, but perform additional processing on the reading. This video shows you how to use various functions in StarLab, such as Averaging, Scale Factor, Normalize, Density, etc.
Do you sometimes need to see an analog representation of your laser power/ energy on a scope, in parallel to measuring it with a meter? This video will show you how to do that.
If all your laser measurement work involves a laptop or a PC, rather than a stand-alone meter, one of Ophir’s direct-to-PC interfaces could be an ideal solution. These are full-fledged Laser Power and Energy meters, but instead of having a separate on-board display, the PC becomes your display. In this video you will learn about the range of PC Interfaces available from Ophir.
This video explains the various items on the StarLab screen, and shows you how to perform basic laser measurements.
Part 1 of a series of video segments teaching you how to use StarLab.
- USB bus powered
- CE, China RoHS
- PC Software & Drivers
- Firmware - USB Interface
Used as analog output plug for Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Vega, Nova II, Nova, USBI and Juno+ (1 unit supplied with these products).
For Centauri Only – 2 additional units are supplied to be used for external trigger and TTL output.
USB-A to B cable (1 unit supplied with Pulsar)