My Equipment

Here is a look at some of the most important pieces of equipment that I use in order to reach my targets and bring back videos and photographs.  If you dive and are interested in shipwrecks, this may give some idea of what is involved.  If you aren’t a diver, it’s a look into how much “Stuff” I use to make the content at Blueyes Below valuable.

Oh, this isn’t everything I use, either.  Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.

-Dusty K.

24' 2004 Osprey Expedition

Primarily used for shipwreck hunting, as a work and dive platform and for overnight expeditions to remote locations. Equipped with a Raymarine radar, chart plotter, sonar, and autopilot system. Fully enclosed and heated for all-weather comfort.

24' 1988 Penn Yan Avenger 235

Primarily used as a work platform for diving and ROV operations. The 36v I-pilot system installed on the bow holds the vessel’s position without anchoring. This is vital for filming and exploration in deep water where anchoring is impractical or could cause damage. She is also equipped with an Aluminum dive ladder and platform at the rear, Raymarine sonar and chart plotter, hardtop and rear curtain enclosure with heat for all-weather operations.

Raymarine Equipment

Raymarine Axiom Chartplotter and sonar. Multi function display allows charting and side scan / down scan sonar operation simultaneously to search the bottom for shipwrecks and anomalies. 

 Quantum 2 Chirp/Doppler Radar system. For nighttime and limited visibility safety/navigation. Gives radar returns of land and hazards up to 24 miles away. 

Evolution Autopilot system. Allows laser straight tracks when searching a grid for shipwrecks. Removes human error from steering and ensures proper overlap between tracks.

Megalodon Tiburon (Meg) Rebreather

A closed-circuit rebreather is crucial to my shipwreck exploration and photography in the Great Lakes. It allows me to dive longer and deeper, while also being safer than traditional open-circuit scuba gear alone. The Meg is considered to be one of the absolute best brands in the rebreather industry.

ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle)

Blueye Pro from Blueye Robotics in Norway. The Blueye ROV is where I derived the name “Blueyes Below” from, due to my own blue eyes, and one of my favorite pieces of equipment! The ROV allows me to explore, document, and preserve the deep and often out of reach shipwrecks that most would never see, in high-quality video. This essentially brings the shipwrecks “to the surface” for all to enjoy. My quality videos of deep shipwrecks are one of the things I am most known for.

Sony A7r3 with Aquatica housing and Big Blue lights.

While I enjoy diving on Great Lakes shipwrecks by itself, I find it more valuable and enjoyable to share my experiences of these seldom-seen places with the world! My high quality cameras are my most valuable assets in doing so.

As a young man first learning about photography and travelling in other countries, I had a desire to share experiences through my eyes with friends and family, and show just how amazing the world we live in is! This has now expanded to a worldwide audience thanks to social media.

Dji Mavic Pro 2 Drone

My aerial drone allows a completely unique experience on the “out of the way” areas I tend to visit.  Whether filming at a remote Great Lakes island with crystal clear waters or capturing shallow shipwrecks and lighthouses from above, this is one of the most utilized tools that I own!

My Equipment

Here is a look at some of the most important pieces of equipment that I use in order to reach my targets and bring back videos and photographs.  If you dive and are interested in shipwrecks, this may give some idea of what is involved.  If you aren’t a diver, it’s a look into how much “Stuff” I use to make the content at Blueyes Below valuable.

Oh, this isn’t everything I use, either.  Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.

-Dusty K.

24' 2004 Osprey Expedition

Primarily used for shipwreck hunting, as a work and dive platform and for overnight expeditions to remote locations. Equipped with a Raymarine radar, chart plotter, sonar, and autopilot system. Fully enclosed and heated for all-weather comfort.

24' 1988 Penn Yan Avenger 235

Primarily used as a work platform for diving and ROV operations. The 36v I-pilot system installed on the bow holds the vessel’s position without anchoring. This is vital for filming and exploration in deep water where anchoring is impractical or could cause damage. She is also equipped with an Aluminum dive ladder and platform at the rear, Raymarine sonar and chart plotter, hardtop and rear curtain enclosure with heat for all-weather operations.

Raymarine Equipment

Raymarine Axiom Chartplotter and sonar. Multi function display allows charting and side scan / down scan sonar operation simultaneously to search the bottom for shipwrecks and anomalies. 

 Quantum 2 Chirp/Doppler Radar system. For nighttime and limited visibility safety/navigation. Gives radar returns of land and hazards up to 24 miles away. 

Evolution Autopilot system. Allows laser straight tracks when searching a grid for shipwrecks. Removes human error from steering and ensures proper overlap between tracks.

Megalodon Tiburon (Meg) Rebreather

A closed-circuit rebreather is crucial to my shipwreck exploration and photography in the Great Lakes. It allows me to dive longer and deeper, while also being safer than traditional open-circuit scuba gear alone. The Meg is considered to be one of the absolute best brands in the rebreather industry.

ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle)

Blueye Pro from Blueye Robotics in Norway. The Blueye ROV is where I derived the name “Blueyes Below” from, due to my own blue eyes, and one of my favorite pieces of equipment! The ROV allows me to explore, document, and preserve the deep and often out of reach shipwrecks that most would never see, in high-quality video. This essentially brings the shipwrecks “to the surface” for all to enjoy. My quality videos of deep shipwrecks are one of the things I am most known for.

Sony A7r3 with Aquatica housing and Big Blue lights.

While I enjoy diving on Great Lakes shipwrecks by itself, I find it more valuable and enjoyable to share my experiences of these seldom-seen places with the world! My high quality cameras are my most valuable assets in doing so.

As a young man first learning about photography and travelling in other countries, I had a desire to share experiences through my eyes with friends and family, and show just how amazing the world we live in is! This has now expanded to a worldwide audience thanks to social media.

Dji Mavic Pro 2 Drone

My aerial drone allows a completely unique experience on the “out of the way” areas I tend to visit.  Whether filming at a remote Great Lakes island with crystal clear waters or capturing shallow shipwrecks and lighthouses from above, this is one of the most utilized tools that I own!