Pro Explore Housing
Setup, Use, and Care Guide
Introducing Pro Explore
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Copyright 2018, Gates Underwater Products, Inc.
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Table of Contents
1:
Introducing Pro Explore ..................................................... 5
Features ............................................................................. 5
Warranty Disclaimer .......................................................... 5
Unpacking Pro Explore ...................................................... 6
Nomenclature .................................................................... 6
Required Equipment .......................................................... 7
2:
Cautions............................................................................. 8
3:
Pro Explore Setup ............................................................ 10
Pro Explore Housing Overview ........................................ 10
Pro Explore Housing Preparation .................................... 12
Preparing the Camera and LCD ...................................... 15
Camera Installation .......................................................... 19
Cables Install ................................................................... 21
External Monitor Install .................................................... 22
Mount Lens ...................................................................... 26
Lens Gear Drives (LGD’s) ............................................... 27
Connect REDMOTE ........................................................ 30
Functional System Check ................................................ 32
foolcontrol – a note about wireless camera control ......... 33
Housing Closure .............................................................. 34
Pro Explore Rear Shell -- Notes ..................................... 35
Re-install REDMOTE ....................................................... 36
Configure SPR’s and Port ................................................ 38
Water Alarm (Optional) .................................................... 41
Seal Check ...................................................................... 42
Final Checks .................................................................... 43
4:
Pro Explore Operation ..................................................... 44
Right Side Controls .......................................................... 44
Left Side Controls ............................................................ 45
REDMOTE Controls ........................................................ 46
Buoyancy Adjustment ...................................................... 47
Adjustable Handles .......................................................... 50
Port Options ..................................................................... 51
80 Series Ports and Pro Explore (Optional) ..................... 52
Cheeseplate Mount (Optional) ......................................... 54
Lanyard and Light Mounting (Optional) ........................... 55
Lighting Systems (optional) ............................................. 56
Travel / Transport ............................................................ 56
5:
Pro Explore Maintenance ................................................ 57
Housing Care and Maintenance ...................................... 57
6:
Customer Support ............................................................ 58
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Introducing Pro Explore
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1: Introducing Pro Explore
Congratulations on owning a new Gates product: the Pro Explore housing. You’ve
selected a product that will provide years of value and reliable service. We designed Pro
Explore specifically as a professional action underwater rig for cinema, natural history,
surf and research applications.
Please read through this entire guide to learn about Pro Explore so you can get the most
out of this imaging tool. In this section, we’ll introduce you to the features of Pro Explore
so you can get started.
Features
Pro Explore has several key features:
Lens flexibility. Pro Explore can accommodate a variety of DSLR and compact
cinema lenses with no change to control locations. Focus, Iris, Zoom and
Rec/Stdby remain in the same location regardless of optics used.
Compact and Travelable. Pro Explore is compact and can fit into a carry-on size
case for travel.
External Monitor. The Gates RT47 External Monitor for the RED TOUCH 4.7” LCD
is included with Pro Explore. RT47 provides a full tilt / swivel.
REDMOTE control for full menu access and *14* assignable buttons.
Warranty Disclaimer
Pro Explore is a tool that, like any tool, requires knowledge and understanding to be
effective.
Your responsibility is to learn the proper setup, use and care of Pro Explore. Because
we can only provide you with the information necessary to do so, Gates does not
warrant the contents of your housing (e.g. your camera and lenses) under any
circumstance.
We warrant Pro Explore as an image acquisition tool for a period of 2 years. The Seal
Check unit is warranted for 1 year. Optics (Dome and Flat ports) are warranted for a
period of 1 year or 100 hours salt water contact, whichever comes first.
Gates does not warrant optical performance or image quality.
If you have any questions about the setup, use and care of Pro Explore, contact Gates
directly. Details are in section 6.
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Unpacking Pro Explore
After you remove Pro Explore from its shipping container, carefully inspect it for missing
parts or damage that may have occurred during shipment. If you discover any
discrepancies, contact Gates or your dealer immediately for assistance.
Standard Parts
Pro Explore Housing
Tool Kit with case
Power and Record Trigger cables
Various assembly and spare parts
for Pro Explore
Lens Gear Set
Spare O-Rings
Gates RT47 External Monitor
for RED TOUCH 4.7” LCD (not
included).
Woven Carry Handle Lanyard
Seal Check Lite system
Port Cleaner
Trim Weights and Floats
Optional Parts
Stackable Port Rings (SPR) for your
choice lens*
Cheeseplate Adapter (for tripod or
pole mount)
Port(s) of choice (Dome or Flat in
either glass or acrylic material) and
shade*
Water alarm
Light System
HD-SDI surface feed bulkhead
connector and cable
Carry Case
* Necessary for operation
Nomenclature
In this Setup, Use and Care Guide for Pro Explore, the following terms are used:
DSMC2 is the second generation body style that includes Weapon, Epic-W, ScarletW, Raven, Helium and Monstro
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Required Equipment
The required camera and accessory equipment for Pro Explore is:
LCD
RED TOUCH 4.7” LCD (RED # 730-0019) for use with Gates RT47 External
Monitor
*or*
RED TOUCH 7.0” LCD (730-0007) for use with Gates RT7 External Monitor
*or*
Transvideo Starlite HD5 LCD for use with Gates ST5 External Monitor
Camera + Configuration
DSMC2. This includes Weapon, Scarlet-W, Epic-W, Helium, Monstro.

SDI Jetpack module (720-0032)

Lens Mount -- Nikon, Canon, PL, Leica (Various SKU’s)

RED MINIMAG Media (750-0075)

Sidekick Module (720-0032)

REDMOTE
Battery
REDBRICK
BlueShape BV065, BV090, BV150 BV180, BV100HD, BV100HD SPLASH
SWIT 8192
PAG 9303, 9304, 9308, 9309
Lenses
DSLR
PL Mount under 102mm diameter or 128T Gear (0.8 MOD or 32 Pitch)
Camera Setup (optional)
foolcontrol app (via WiFi)
Cautions
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2: Cautions
 SEAL CHECK VACUUM. In a later part of this
manual, Seal Check Lite will be introduced for
verifying seal integrity before diving. You will
learn that the vacuum draw on Pro Explore
should be about 100 millibars. This is enough
to verify seal integrity.
 DSMC / DSMC2 CAMERA FAN. Set the
DSMC or DSMC2 camera fan to ‘Adaptive’.
SETTINGS  SETUP  SYSTEM  FAN
CONTROL.
This setting allows the EPIC camera to maintain
a calibrated sensor temperature for optimal
image quality. Refer to the RED DSMC or
DSMC2 Operations Guide (Revision F).
Do not block any ventilation openings or obstruct cooling fan airflow. The intake is on
top of the camera, and the exhaust is at the bottom rear.
ADAPTIVE
Set to ‘ADAPTIVE’
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 CAMERA TRANSPORT INSIDE HOUSING. You can transport a securely mounted
camera inside Pro Explore IF the system is in your possession and without abusive
handling. DO NOT transport a camera inside Pro Explore for shipping or checked
baggage as forceful and abusive handling can cause damage to both camera and
housing.
 USER RESPONSIBILITY. This Setup, Use and Care guide contains important
detailed procedures for setup and use of Pro Explore. It is the user’s responsibility to
read, understand and employ these procedures. Failure to do so can result in poor
or non-operation of Pro Explore and may void your warranty.
Contact Gates if you have questions about this manual or using Pro Explore.
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3: Pro Explore Setup
Pro Explore Housing Overview
Pro Explore has many features with which you will become familiar.
Tilt /Swivel top
mounted External
Monitor
Adjustable Handle Grips
Mechanical lens control.
Map to Focus / Iris /
Zoom.
Tactile Record Control
Assignable Control ABCD
Stackable Port Rings.
Locking, with simple 90
degree bayonet mount.
Bayonet mount Dome
Port (shown) or Flat Port.
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4 Assignable buttons on
External Monitor
SDI Surface Feed
Connector (optional)
Assignable Control 1/2
Master
Power
Switch
REDMOTE
Controller
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Pro Explore Housing Preparation
Handle Grips Install. Four screws secure the Handle Grips to Pro Explore. You
can locate the Handle Grips in several different positions forward / aft on the
housing.
SHOWN are ULCS mount
balls and the carry lanyard
brackets.
SHOWN is Pro Action
housing, similar to Pro
Explore.
Pro Action Shown
Port. Remove the Port by rotating 90 degrees either direction. Gently pull the Port
away from the Port Extender.
Rotate the port 90 degrees either
direction, then gently pull forward to
remove.
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 TIP: Consistent
lubrication of the Port
and SPR o-rings
allow easy rotation.
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Stackable Port Ring (SPR). Remove the SPR’s one at a time or as a group. The
lock pin is shown below in the locked and release position.
Lock position
Release position
With the SPR’s unlocked, rotate 90 degrees and separate.
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Rear Shell Removal. Loosen the 4 captive screws on the corners as shown, then
slide the rear shell of Pro Explore away from the front.
Loosen these 4 captive
screws
 TIP: When mating or
ummating the shells, tip
the front shell forward
just slightly. This will
help it go smoothly
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Preparing the Camera and LCD
User buttons. The RED camera requires specific settings within the menu for
operation with Pro Explore.
With the Sidekick module installed, 6 user buttons are available on Pro Explore.
These are user 1/2 and ABCD buttons on Sidekick.
User 1/2 should be assigned iris up/down if using a DSLR lens. ABCD can be
assigned useful things like PRESETS or FRAME RATE.
Record Trigger. Pro Explore provides a convenient thumb tip record trigger with a
positive tactile feedback. RED DSMC2 camera requires setup to accept this trigger
signal from Pro Explore. (Mini camera requires no setup).
RED firmware changes on a regular basis to provide increased functionality. In so
doing, the menu structure is subject to change, making the following screen grabs
obsolete. However the general settings remain.
SYNC Mode. SETTINGS  SETUP  GPIO/SYNC  SYNC  Set Sensor Sync
mode to ‘Off”
Power. The SDI Jetpack has a slider switch on the top that allows the camera to
boot up when power is applied from the Master Power switch. Check that this slider
is in the proper position for auto-boot.
GPIO: SETTINGS  SETUP  GPIO/SYNC  GPIO  Set Camera Input, Brain
GPIO in High, Brain GPIO in Low and Camera Output to the setting shown.
Set Sensor Sync Mode to Off
Set GPIO Settings as shown
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User Key Action. SETTINGS  SETUP  KEYS  ADVANCED  Set
Key Source, User Key and Key Action as shown.
Set User Key Action Settings here as shown.
REDMOTE Communication. SETTINGS  SETUP  COMMUNICATION
 SERIAL  Set to REDLINK Command Protocol.
Set User Key Action Settings here as shown.
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PRE-RECORD. If you plan to use the Pre-Record feature, note that this
feature is a two step process.
Pre-Record must first be mapped to a user key (e.g. User 1 or 2 on the SSD
module, or on the Redmote), and then initiated prior to activating Record
(via housing Record Trigger or otherwise).
Refer to the RED DSMC2
Operations Guide for more
details on mapping features
like Pre-Record to a User Key.
ADAPTIVE
Fan. Set EPIC camera fan to
ADAPTIVE for most efficient
cooling.
Do not block any ventilation
openings or obstruct cooling
fan airflow The intake is in the
front just below the lens, and
the exhaust on the top of the
camera.
Set to ADAPTIVE
Camera Basics. The DSMC2 camera should be stripped down to the bare body, as
shown.
The SDI Jetpack Module and Sidekick Module are required with DSMC2 and
should be installed at this time.
If you are using the Gates RT47 or RT7 External Monitors, install the Pogo
Adapter and cable guide as shown below.
If using the Gates RT47 or RT7
External Monitors, install the
POGO adapter and cable guide
as shown.
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Transvideo Starlite HD5 Setup. If you are using the option ST5 Starlite External
Monitor, then the following setup information is useful.
The Starlite HD5 OLED LCD Monitor has a powerful Smart Corners feature. These are
assignable touch screen corners for various functions, and are accessible on Pro
Explore.
Prepare your Starlite HD5 with the functions you wish to access underwater. Gates
recommends:
Peaking
Magnify 1:1
Vectorscope
Last Clip Playback (to review the last H.264 clip captured on the Starlite)
Here is an excerpt from the Starlite Manual on setting Smart Corners.
Menu Overlay. The RED DSMC2 camera provides menu overlay via the SDI
output. You can activate this in the MENU-->SETTINGS-->DISPLAY-->SDI. Select
Overlay from the drop-down menu.
WIFI. If you plan to connect to DSMC2 over wireless, be sure to turn on WIFI and
establish the proper communication settings for each camera.
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Camera Installation
Details of the RED camera install are shown in the following images.
First, loosen the hinge lock screw. When released it will pop up away from the pivot
hinge.
Pivot the entire battery bracket and fan assembly to the right side of the system.
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Set the housing on the front face so you can position the RED camera while
securing it in place with the mount screws.
Insert and position the RED
camera while securing it with
the 2 mount screws.
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Cables Install
At this point it’s time to make power and record trigger connections to the housing.
Install as shown in the image below.
Power. The Power cable will connect on the rear side from the Master Power
Switch, and then to the camera.
Record Trigger. Similarly, an adapter cable will connect between the housing body
as shown, and to the appropriate camera location.
Record Trigger Cable will
connect here.
Power Cable will connect here.
Example: REC Trigger
cable connection
Power Cable connection
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External Monitor Install
Next, install the RT47 or RT7 External Monitor.
 INSTALLATION TIP: The External Monitor Install step may be performed prior to
installing the camera to help aid routing of the cable next to the DSMC2 cameras as
noted in this section.
 NOTE: Installing the RED TOUCH 4.7” LCD is covered in a separate Setup, Use and
Care Document.
Slide the External Monitor onto the top dovetail as shown. Tighten the two
thumbscrews firmly but do not overtighten.
 TIP: while tightening the thumbscrews, lightly rock the External Monitor forward / back.
This will help securely engage the thumbscrews and lock the External Monitor in place.
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Insert the External Monitor cable into the housing as shown. Route the cable to the
rear of the camera. Then tighten 4 captive screws to secure the cable in place and
sealed to the housing.
Insert the External Monitor
Cable here.
Route the cable to the rear as
shown. Tighten these four
screws firmly.
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Connect the LEMO connector from the External Monitor cable to the mating
connector on the Pogo Adapter.
If you have the optional SDI Surface Video feed installed, secure the BNC
connector at this time.
Connect the External Monitor
Cable to the Pogo adapter.
Connect the optional SDI
Surface Feed BNC here.
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Mount Battery
Rotate the V-Lock plate into the operating position as shown, and lock it in place
with the Thumbscrew.
Secure a battery to the V-Lock plate.
Secure a battery to the V-Lock
plate.
P
Pivot the V-Lock plate back to
this position and lock in place
with the Thumbscrew.
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Thumbscrew
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Mount Lens
If your lens requires Flex Gears, install those first and then mount the lens to the
camera.
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Lens Gear Drives (LGD’s)
General Notes. This section addresses the installation of two Lens Gear Drives
(LGD’s) in Pro Explore. This is relatively straightforward, using only two parts for
each lens control: a drive shaft and drive gear.
Select drive shaft length. Several lengths of drive shaft are included with the Pro
Explore kit. Select the length to reach the lens gear but does not reach past it.
Install this drive shaft into the coupler on the housing. Using the tool provided in the
kit, tighten the shaft onto the coupler.
Select and install the Lens Gear Drive. Note that your kit comes with six
versions. Two are specifically designed for Flex Gears recessed into the housing,
close to the camera. Refer to the images below.
Once positioned, secure the Lens Gear Drive with the tool provided in your kit.
Pivot the LGD into position to make a good mesh the Flex Gears.
Tighten the screw as shown in the images to secure the LGD in position.
Verify smooth operation of the Focus and Zoom controls.
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1. Loosen these two screws to
allow the Lens Gear Drives to
pivot and mate with the Flex
Gears.
2. Pivot the LGD’s to mate with
the Flex Gear. Ensure a good
gear mesh.
3. When positioned, tighten the
screws to secure the LGD’s in
position.
4. Verify focus and zoom
operation.
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Lens Gear Drive (LGD) Size Reference
Pro Explore includes several size LGD’s to accommodate different lens sizes. Below is
a reference.
Focus Gears
P/N 3000-94-242
P/N 3000-94-228
Iris and Zoom Gears
P/N 3000-94-229
P/N 3000-94-233
P/N 3000-94-246
P/N 3000-94-239
LGD’s designed for
Zeiss CP.3 lenses
and others as
needed.
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Connect REDMOTE
At this stage you will connect the REDMOTE to the RED DSMC2 camera in preparation
for Functional Test.
 NOTE: After functional test, you will disconnect the REDMOTE and cable to be reinstalled later.
Remove REDMOTE Cradle from the housing. The cradle is magnetically secured
to the rear of the REDMOTE Controller on the Pro Explore Housing.
Remove the REDMOTE Cradle from
inside the Pro Explore Housing.
Insert the REDmote™
into the Cradle at an
angle. REDmote™ will
‘snap’ into place when
fully seated.
Secure with
thumbscrew.
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Install the REDMOTE into the cradle. This is secured to the inside of the housing
magnetically to the REDMOTE Controller at the back of the housing.
Connect the REDMOTE and RED camera with the provided cable. The camera
side LEMO is to
the CTRL port on
the SDI Jetpack
Connect the REDMOTE to
module.
The other LEMO
connects to the
Linkbox.
Connect the DTap power
connector to the
V-Lock Battery
plate as shown.
Slide
Linkbox onto
REDMOTE.
Verify locked
and secure.
RED camera with the Linkbox
and Cable provided as part the
Pro Explore Kit.
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Functional System Check
Before the next step – mating the Pro Explore shells – this is a good time to do a full
system check. Activate the Master System Power switch and verify all components
operational.
RED camera auto boot
External Monitor RT47 or RT7
Pro Explore internal housing
cooling fan
Record Trigger functions
Iris up/down for DSLR lenses via
Assign 1/2 or Assign 1/2/3 controls
Focus and Zoom controls
REDMOTE controls
Sidekick Assign buttons A-B-C-D
External Monitor Assign buttons
 NOTE: When complete, remove the REDMOTE and cable. This will be re-installed
in a later step.
Master Power
Switch
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foolcontrol – a note about wireless camera control
A powerful tool for Pro Explore is wireless control of all camera functions. A third party
iOS app foolcontrol (www.foolcolor.net) enables such control – even through the Pro
Explore housing shell. What you can do with foolcontrol:
Check setup and system function;
Change any parameters as needed;
Between dives, check and change settings.
foolcontrol is available in the Apple store.
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Housing Closure
After verifying full function of the system, it’s time to close the housing. Similarly to
separating the shells in the earlier preparation section, the rear shell will be mated with
the front shell and secured. Refer to the image below.
Tilt the front shell forward slightly while mating the shells. Slide the rear shell
toward the front slowly.
 CAUTION. IF YOU ENCOUNTER AN OBSTRUCTION – STOP – IDENTIFY THE
PROBLEM AND PROCEED AGAIN.
Tighten the four screws at the housing corners to secure the shells together.
Tighten firmly, but do not over tighten.
 TIP: When mating the
shells, tip the front shell
forward just slightly. This
will help mating go
smoothly.
Tighten these four corner screws to secure
the housing. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
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Pro Explore Rear Shell -- Notes
The Pro Explore rear shell – the Battery / Media Shell – can be removed separately from
the main shell as shown below. This feature is for fast change of both media and battery
between dives. By releasing three latches, the rear shell easily separates from the main
housing.
Remove the Rear Shell for
quick change of media and
V-Lock battery.
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Re-install REDMOTE
With the Battery / Media shell open, re-install the REDMOTE. It will magnetically attach
to the rear of the REDMOTE Controller.
Re-install the REDMOTE
into the housing shell. The
cradle will self-align
magnetically to the rear of
the REDMOTE Controller.
The REDMOTE Panel will mate to the Cradle when
bought in proximity to each other. The magnetic
fasteners will self-align and secure them together.
The REDMOTE Controller fully assembled.
Reminder: this assembly is shown outside the housing
for illustration purposes only. Do not remove the
REDMOTE Controller from the housing.
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Cable Routing. Note the REDMOTE cable routing in the image below.
Connect cable to camera to the CTRL port here, as shown in a
previous section.
The REDMOTE secures
magnetically inside the
rear shell here.
The cable will secure on
a cable retainer here, on
the rear of the V-Lock
plate.
Connect the cable to
power at the D-Tap here.
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Configure SPR’s and Port
Stackable Port Rings are a flexible and convenient way to support many different lenses.
They can be stacked in many combinations to support virtually any lens.
Stackable Port Rings – SPR’s – are a simple 1/4 turn
bayonet mount system to support any lens. They lock in
position to provide a secure anti-rotation when mounting
or removing a port.
Stacking the right combination of SPR’s for a lens can be determined in two ways.
Gates Lens Compatibility Matrix. Gates has gathered extensive lens data for
decades and can provide SPR configuration guidance for any given lens to use with
Pro Explore. This lens data is summarized in a Compatibility Matrix. It can be
found on Gates Website.
The Compatibility Matrix is constructed to identify the proper Port Extender or Port
Ring (used on other Gates cinema-grade housings), and a conversion to a
combination of SPR’s is available from Gates.
Visual Setup and Test. Use the following guide to setup the SPR’s with a Dome
Port or Flat Port, and then test in water for acceptable image quality.
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A Flat Port is used commonly for macro lenses, and also for medium to long focal
length lenses. The focal range that works best starts at approximately 20-35 mm.
Referring to the image, setup the SPR’s to extend just past the end of the lens.
Keep the entire SPR stack as short as possible while preventing interference with
the port.
Test for vignetting and image quality. If necessary, adjust the position of the lens
with respect to the port by adding or removing SPR’s. Re-test and re-adjust as
necessary to achieve optimum results.
Flat Port and SPR’s –
setup the SPR’s so they
extend just past the end
of the lens.
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A Dome Port is used commonly with wide angle and fisheye lenses, typically 8mm
at the shortest (35mm equivalent) to about 20-35mm.
Referring to the image, setup the SPR’s so the end of the lens – either the lens
body or glass element – extends slightly into the port.
Test for vignetting and image quality. If necessary adjust the position of the lens
with respect to the port and re-test to achieve optimum results.
 CAUTION! CAREFULLY INSTALL DOME PORT AND OBSERVE POSSIBLE
INTEFERENCE WITH GLASS DOME.
Dome Port and SPR’s –
setup the SPR’s so the
lens front extends slightly
into the port area.
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Water Alarm (Optional)
If you have the optional water alarm installed there are three alarm conditions to know:
Condition
LED
Siren
New Battery
(Insertion)
Bright Intense blink
while siren plays
Ascending tones played 4 times
Water Intrusion
Bright Intense Blink
Grating Warble sound. Alarm will
sound for duration of detection.
Low Battery
Low Intensity fast blink
Descending tones played 8 times
pausing approx. 20 seconds between
plays after alarm test or water
detection.
The alarm can be tested anytime by shorting the detection contacts that lead to the
water alarm transducer. The water detection condition will activate for 6 seconds. If the
battery is drained the low battery condition will sound.
The water alarm requires a single 6V battery like Radio Shack model 23-469 or A544.
Your battery should be removed when stored (e.g. between dive trips). Check the
battery prior to every dive to ensure proper operation. Change when indicated.
CAUTION: You must wait a minimum of 30 seconds between battery insertions to allow
the unit to fully discharge.
The red LED alarm signal will appear
here on PRO EXPLORE.
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Seal Check
Seal Check Manual. Follow the procedures in the Seal Check manual for verifying
integrity of the housing and monitor.
 CAUTION. Draw only about 100 millibars vacuum (Seal Check Lite and Seal
Check II kits) or 3 in Hg (Seal Check I) on Pro Explore. More vacuum can inhibit the
transfer of heat away from the housing.
Note that Seal Check Lite – included with Pro Explore – requires about 100 cycles
of the hand pump to reach 3 in Hg / 100 millibars vacuum.
The Seal Check fitting is located
here on the rear left of PRO
EXPLORE.
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Final Checks
Visual Inspection. Look closely at all seal mates – Port, SPR’s, and main Housing
seal – for gaps. Look over the housing one final time.
Verify operation. As a final check, power on the camera and verify all controls are
functioning normally.
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4: Pro Explore Operation
Right Side Controls
Record Trigger. Activates record start / stop on all cameras.
Lens Control. These two controls can be mapped to a DSLR or compact PL lens
for focus, iris or zoom.
Assign ABCD. Activates the user buttons on the Sidekick module.
Record Trigger
Assign ABCD
Lens Controls –
Focus and Zoom
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Left Side Controls
Master Power. Provides power to all system components – Camera, LCD and
Housing.
Assign 1/2. Activates the user buttons on the front left of the camera.
NOTE: these controls are usually mapped to iris up / down for DSLR lenses.
Assign x4 on RT47 External Monitor. Activates the user buttons on the RED
TOUCH 4.7” LCD.
Assign buttons
(4) on RT47
Assign 1/2
Master Power
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REDMOTE Controls
The REDMOTE Controller directly accesses all control on the REDMOTE for full control
of the RED camera.
REDMOTE
Controller
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Buoyancy Adjustment
Pro Explore features adjustable buoyancy and trim. Gates has designed custom trim
weights that can be secured to a variety of locations to adjust Pro Explore buoyancy and
trim precisely to your liking.
See the image below showing the various trim weight mount locations.
 CAUTION. To avoid internal damage DO NOT travel or transport Pro Explore with
trim weights installed.
Rear Housing Shell – Trim Weights. The rear housing has 7 trim weight bosses
to secure 4, 8 and 16 oz trim weights. Use the Thumbscrew and securely tighten to
the housing.
Trim Weight secured with
Thumbscrew
Trim Weight
Mount Boss
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Rear Housing Shell – Trim Floats. For only the configuration where no Stackable
Port Rings are used, a Trim Float may be needed. There are four mount points for
Trim Floats as shown below.
Trim Floats mount in four
locations shown.
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Stackable Port Rings. Trim weights can also be secured to the SPRs as shown.
Trim Weight Mount Boss
on SPR.
Trim Weight secured with
Thumbscrew.
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Adjustable Handles
Pro Explore includes adjustable handle grips. They slide forward and back on the top
rails for positioning exactly as you desire.
Loosen the mount screws to slide back and forth about 1/2 inch. For greater adjustment,
remove the screws and re-position the handles to a different location.
Pro Action Shown
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Port Options
At this publication a Dome and Flat Port options are available for Pro Explore: When
choosing a Port consider the following tradeoffs and limitations.
Dome Port
Optical material: Anti-reflective coated glass or acrylic.
Purpose: Wide to super wide imaging.
Advantages:
Retains FOV. Corrects for field of view distortions
inherent in Flat Ports.
Wide FOV capable. Up to 180 degree fisheye are
possible depending on the camera lens capability.
Disadvantages:
Little or no zoom. Domes inherently limit zoom through and varies with
camera lens employed.
Flat Port
Optical material: Optical grade acrylic for glass.
Purpose: Medium to macro imaging.
Advantages:
Zoom through. Flat Ports retains the zoom
capability of a lens.
Macro. Flat Ports are excellent for macro shots and
the use of close up diopters to capture small subjects.
Disadvantages:
No wide shots. By their nature, Flat Ports do not allow wide shots.
Loss of FOV. Like a SCUBA mask, Flat Ports decrease FOV by 25%.
 NOTE: The optical interaction between any given lens and a Dome or Flat Port is largely
predictable, however distortions and aberrations can occur with either Port. As such,
Gates does not warrant optical performance or image quality.
Gates endeavors to collect data from the field and our own testing as a resource to
customers, but you should always characterize your lens of choice for use underwater.
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80 Series Ports and Pro Explore (Optional)
Gates larger port series – the 80 series – can be used with Pro Explore. The 80 series
port system includes both SP80-8 in and SP80-10 in spherical diameter dome ports.
This can be useful in certain applications where the benefits of a larger dome are
realized.
Remove the 60-SERIES Port Base from Pro Explore. The four corner screws will
release it from the housing. Install the 80-SERIES Port Base, followed by an 80SERIES Port Ring and Port.
Next, install the taller feet on Pro Explore. This keeps the housing from resting
on the larger port system.
1. Remove four corner screws to
release the 60-SERIES Port Base.
Install the optional 80-SERIES Port
Base. Tighten screws snug.
NOTE – This screw is a FLAT
HEAD screw, not socket cap like
the other three.
2. Mount an 80-SERIES Port Ring
to the housing. 1/4 turn bayonet
mount.
3. Mount an 80-SERIES Port to the
housing. Shown is the SP80-10 in
Dome Port. 1/4 turn bayonet
mount.
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Install the taller feet.
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Cheeseplate Mount (Optional)
An optional Tripod / Cheeseplate Mount is available for tripod, crane, jib, grip handle and
pole-cam mounting. The Cheeseplate Mount can be secured to the either top of base of
the rear shell. It includes standard 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads on 1 inch centers.
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Lanyard and Light Mounting (Optional)
Pro Explore has provisions to utilize a variety of lighting systems. Strong, secure ball
mounts for the light arms are located on the handle grips as shown in the image.
Lanyard Mounts also attach to the Grip Arms, and can be located forward or aft for best
positioning.
Ball Mounts for light arms
Lanyard Brackets
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Lighting Systems (optional)
Pro Explore pairs well with Gates Lighting Systems like the
GT14’s. A powerful 14,000 lumens of light at a high quality
-- 90 CRI 5000°K color temperature. Mirrored
indicators show light level and time remaining on
both sides of the light. Several safety features and
long burn time -- 30 minutes – at full power.
Contact Gates for more information.
Travel / Transport
Pro Explore requires several considerations for travel.
Camera. It is OK to transport the camera / lens inside Pro Explore *ONLY IF* you
are in control of the equipment.
DO NOT ship or place in checked airline baggage with the camera inside as
rough handling can cause damage.
No Trim Weights. DO NOT transport Pro Explore with trim weights inside. Severe
damage may result.
Cap and bundle connectors. Bundle all connectors together and protect. Install
the caps that originally came with the housing as well.
Packing. Ensure the complete system is packed well in transport cases.
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5: Pro Explore Maintenance
Housing Care and Maintenance
Proper care of your Gates housing is important to provide you reliable operation and
long life. You’ll find all the guidelines in the “Housing Care and Maintenance” document
included with your Gates housing. You can also find it on Gates web site at
www.GatesHousings.com.
Your Gates housing has 3 serviceable o-rings:
Housing Main Seal (ORANGE );
Port (YELLOW); and
Port Ring (YELLOW).
Servicing the o-rings is easy and covered in the “Housing Care and Maintenance”
document in this package. It can also be found on the Gates website at
www.gateshousings.com.
 CAUTION: Do not lubricate the large ORANGE o-ring! It is a special silicone oring and can be damaged by petroleum-based lubricants. Only the BLACK and
YELLOW o-rings are safe to lubricate.
 CAUTION: Never use metal tools or objects for removing o-rings!
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6: Customer Support
Should you have any questions about Pro Explore and its operation, please contact
Gates at the numbers below.
Email: Customer.srvc@GatesHousings.com
Web: www.GatesHousings.com
Phone: 858.391.0052
Fax: 858.391.0053