How is LUMBO made?
In contrast to traditional laser radar observatories the construction of LUMBO is based on the concept of realistic instrumentation. This approach insures simplicity of use and low material costs. LUMBO is based on commercial available amateur astronomy components, compact USB detectors at room temperature or electrically cooled. Laser sources are compact inexpensive continuous wave laser diodes or shoebox sized turn-key fiber coupled pulsed sources.
All optical instrumentation is mounted on directly in the image plane of any of the telescopes using standard plug in adaptors. The telescope array currently consists of 5 tubes and are carried by a 100kg capacity altitude-azimuth mount from Astrosysteme Austria. The mount and pear is installed in a weatherproof automated dome from ScopeDome. Both the dome and an office modulde is mounted on a hook-lift-frame, which is deployable by standard trucks.
What is LUMBO good for?
Remotely identifying naturally occurring species, genders and age groups in confined air volumes allows several new forms of analysis: We can produce spatial resolved abundance measurements of species, e.g. in relation to ground topology. We can relate fauna activity to temperature and wind speeds. We can measure the biomass spectrum non-intrusively. By marking and releasing individuals we can assess dispersal rates on landscape scales.