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What's New

April 2014 - CamRanger is now capable of controlling StackShot!

January 2014 - Don't want to build a Water Drop Stand? Check this out.

June 2013 - Check out the StopShot Studio - a 12 channel computer controlled version of StopShot

April 2013, Capture insects in flight with our new portable Insect Rig.

January 2013 - Check out our new Water Valve Mounting Bracket for multiple colored collisions

December 2012 - Introducing the Shutter Support System. Completely portable high speed.

October 2012 - Check out our latest one of a kind product - the High Speed Shutter - finally you can capture insects in flight.

August 2012 - Take your StackShot into the field with our new Controller Carrier Also works great with StopShot.

February 2012 - See our new web page on creating Three Drop Collisions with StopShot.

January 2012 - Check out our latest sensor the RangeIR. Designed for birds and wildlife.

Cognisys Insect Rig

Insect Rig Front View

Capture insects in flight! The insect rig offers a convenient platform for your entire high speed system. It will hold your Camera, flashes, high speed shutter and its controller, laser cross beam sensor set, Li-Ion battery pack and StopShot. Perfect for capturing bees hovering around a flower or insects you have attracted with lights.

Insect rig switches
Built in Power and Shutter Switches

The insect rig comes with built in and pre-wired switches for system power and camera shutter enable. These will be the only two switches you will need while out chasing insects. They are located where you would naturally grab the rig so they are easily activated with your thumb.

StopShot handles the control of the sensors, high speed shutter and timing of the camera shutter automatically. Aside from powering the system up no other button presses are necessary. Turn the camera and flashes on, flip the power switch, enable the shutter and you are armed and ready. Using the high speed shutter requires the camera shutter be held open while waiting for a trigger, since this uses up battery it is important to disable the shutter when not in use. The shutter switch on the insect rig make this very convenient.

Completely Pre-Wired

The Insect Rig comes completely pre-wired. The harness routed through the rig contains the wiring for the sensors, flashes, power, high speed shutter, StopShot and the camera shutter. All of the cables are color coded for easy connection.

The entire rig is powered by our Li-Ion Battery Pack.

For complete instuctions on StopShot setup with the insect rig visit here.

StopShot Wiring

Insect Rig Side View


Insect Rig on Tripod

Sliding Sensor Arms

As can be seen above the sensor arms of the insect rig are adjustable to allow for different subject working distances. For larger subjects you will want to increase the distance from the lens to the subject to allow for a larger field of view. For high magnification shots you will want the sensor plane closer to the lens.

Tripod Mounting

The insect rig comes equipped with 1/4" - 20 tapped holes in the base so the system can be mounted to a tripod. This makes getting the insect rig placed around insect traps or flowers very easy. The image to the left shows the insect rig mounted to a tripod using a Wimberley P-5 Camera Body Plate. This plate is mounted to the base of the rig allowing to it be clamped to with any Arca Compatible clamp.

Mirrored Part Design

All of the threaded parts on the insect rig have been designed so they can be flipped upside down while still maintaining their function. Should thread damage occur to any threaded part it can be flipped upside down to use the threads on the other side. This includes the arms (for sensor attachment) and the threaded brackets used to mount the arms to the rig.

Standard Laser Transmitters
Flexible Sensor Mounts

The insect rig includes mounting hardware to use either our standard laser transmitters or the Mini Laser Transmitters . The mini laser transmitters offer the advantage of being both smaller and lighter weight. They are also make sensor alignment easier as the transmitter and receiver can be moved completely independently of each other. Both transmitters use the same supplied 2.5mm cable.
Mini Laser Transmitters


  • Dimensions: 508mm L x 387mm W x 152mm H - (20"L x 15 1/4" W x 6" H) .
  • Insect Rig:weight: 1.7kg - (3lb 12oz).
  • System weight (not including camera and flashes): (9lbs 13.5oz) - 4.45kg.
  • Construed from anodized T6061 aluminum with stainless steel fasteners.
  • Rubber feet to prevent scratching of rig and other surfaces,
  • Single tool for all mounting screws (5/32 Allen) - included. Fits easily into battery pouch.
  • Insect Rig Strap Kit available for easy carrying.

  • Click here for insect rig pricing and purchasing options.

    Download the Quick Start Guide (179kB) for the Insect Rig.