Side scan sonar is one of the most effective tools for underwater exploration because it can search a large area quickly and produce a detailed picture of anything on the bottom, regardless of water clarity. When looking at a side scan image it appears as if the water has been removed and the operator is getting an unobstructed view of the ocean floor, lake bottom, or river bed. High resolution images are sent from the towfish to a topside computer (included with the system) for display and storage. An optional Microsoft Surface® tablet mounted to the inside of the control box lid can be added for a “sleeker” package versus the standard laptop.
SONAR VIEW software gives the operator complete control over the system’s operating parameters. Choose between 10 different scan ranges and 8 color schemes to display images. Connect a GPS and position coordinates are automatically captured with the side scan data. Point the mouse on a target and the GPS position coordinates for the target are displayed on the screen.
The SSS-600K side scan produces excellent resolution images when scanning with a 10 meter to 75-meter range setting. The 5-meter range produces good images, but lacks the sharpness of the higher ranges. The SSS-600K is great for law enforcement, dive rescue operations or any operation that requires a high-resolution image. Soft targets such as drowning victims, evidence recovery and bottom mapping are various capabilities. The 600K side scan is also popular with wreck hunters and archaeologists searching for old wood vessels that may be broken up or decomposing. The range settings in meters are: 5, 10, 25, 50, and 75 meters (each side).