Everyone knows that there is a lack of visible light for sight at night. However, many don’t realize there is also a kind of light called “infrared light” (IR) which is given off by both natural (sun) and artificial light sources. During the day, the sun saturates our atmosphere with IR light. During the night IR light emissions radiate back to Earth from the upper atmosphere. This phenomenon is called nightglow”.
Once a year, sailors from the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, and around the world gather in Antigua for one of the world’s premier racing regattas–Antigua Sailing Week. Started in 1968, each day of this illustrious event is filled with races for everything from super yachts to maxis to dinghies, while each afternoon and evening, attendees enjoy food, drinks, and dancing. Antigua Sailing Week celebrated its 50thanniversary this year beginning April 28th through May 6th, and SiOnyx was there to capture all the action.
The Aurora by SiOnyx is a revolutionary new camera providing mariners unparalleled capability in on-the-water recreation and safety. The world’s first camera to offer waterproof, high-definition color action with true night vision imaging, Aurora allows seafarers and boating enthusiasts to view, record, and review life’s adventures at any hour. Whether it’s navigating challenging water obstacles, tracking marine traffic, keeping an eye on the sailing competition, or recording stunning videos of nighttime fishing expeditions, only Aurora can perform from day to night.
Aurora’s versatility sets it far ahead of other low light cameras. While compact day-only use cameras provide high resolution due to their smaller pixels, night time imaging requires sensors that are able to collect a lot of light, this means a larger sensor and bigger pixels. Aurora’s 1″ optical format sensor and patented Ultra Low Light image processing gives Aurora the power to provide true, vivid night vision without sacrificing portability or affordability.
The lightweight Aurora is constructed to thrive in coastal environmental conditions, and it can be worn or rail mounted. The Aurora can be conveniently viewed or controlled via the Android and iOS compatible smart phone app as well. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, Aurora also delivers high-quality daytime color images and recordings. With an IP67 rating giving it total dust ingress protection on shore, and 30-minute immersion resistance in the water, boaters and beachcombers alike can capture their adventures in the shallows down to three feet deep. By land or by sea, you can seize the moment—day or night—with Aurora by SiOnyx.
During Antigua Sail Week, boaters and spectators were given an opportunity to demo the Aurora first hand. These first-time users were taken aback by its technological advances, completely wowed and blown away by the Aurora’s capabilities.
As Mark Twain once said, “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!” And while you do, capture it all with the Aurora!