Opus Instruments are the team behind the Apollo and Osiris cameras, world leaders in the field of infrared reflectography (IRR). Our cameras have been used to examine thousands of artworks at leading institutions, galleries and educational establishments worldwide, making notable contributions within the fields of art conservation, art preservation, and art restoration.
With a background in optical technology, Laurence Robinson founded Opus Instruments after consulting with the National Gallery (London) on updating their system for the infrared inspection of paintings. In 2014, Opus Instruments joined the SDI Plc group who have experience with imaging systems from cell research to astrophotography. In 2016, Opus have joined forces with another member of SDI Plc, Atik Cameras, the leading European manufacturer of CCD cameras used in astronomy and the life sciences.
Steve Chambers – Managing Director
Steve has a background in novel electronics design and scientific imaging. He founded Artemis CCD Ltd in 2006 in order to serve the life science and astronomical imaging market with high-quality cooled CCD cameras which are designed in-house and sold under the Atik Cameras brand.
He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2014 he was involved in the acquisition of Opus Instruments by SDI PLC and the subsequent incorporation of that business within Artemis CCD Ltd. Steve is now applying his interest in creative approaches to imaging to the study of fine art.
Rui Tripa – Production Manager
Rui oversees the manufacture of Opus cameras in Portugal. He co-founded Artemis CCD Ltd with Steve in 2006 and is highly experienced in the field of astronomy. He has a background in IT and astronomical retail, as well as making large refractor telescopes. He has since applied his expertise to the development and manufacture of a multitude of imaging solutions in the scientific and medical fields, along with art conservation.
Jason Evans – Sales & Marketing Director
Jason began his time at Opus Instruments in 2019 and heads up all Sales & Marketing activities across the business, helping to ensure that we provide the best possible service and support to our new and existing customers around the world.
Having worked across a variety of domestic and international markets throughout his career, Jason has been fortunate enough to travel widely and gain first-hand experience of the individual requirements and considerations needed when working with a global audience.
Tom Clarke – Research & Development Engineer
Since joining Opus Instruments in 2016, Tom has been instrumental in the development of the Apollo camera and its software. Tom has an extensive background in mathematics and software development having trained as a Software and Electronics Engineer.
Andrew Kirby – Technical Support Manager
Andrew joined Opus Instruments in 2014 and is responsible for supporting customers with their technical queries and servicing cameras. If you need advice on how to get the best out of your camera, or if it needs some care and attention, he is the person to contact.
Andrew is a Physicist with a background of nearly three decades in scientific research, particularly using various types of high-resolution microscopy.
Catherine Wilkinson – Business Development Executive
Catherine joined Opus Instruments in 2019 as our Business Development Executive, managing customer accounts, seeking new opportunities and overseeing marketing campaigns.
Before joining Opus, Catherine worked in business development within the legal sector, focusing on B2B sales and marketing strategy. Prior to that Catherine founded and ran a boutique yoga studio in London. When not at work, Catherine enjoys visiting art galleries and practicing yoga.