“我开始为自己制作设备，以便在夜间 SCUBA 潜水时探索海洋中的荧光。在黑暗中在水下工作的挑战是制造简单、可靠的装备的一个很好的动力，可以简单地完成工作。这种思维方式指导 NIGHTSEA 生产的所有产品的设计，无论您在哪里工作，都可以查看和成像荧光。”
NIGHTSEA 由 Charles Mazel 博士和 Ross Kniffin 创立。我们的根源在于水下荧光的探索和摄影。查理最初是一名运动潜水员。他开发了用于在水下搜索和拍摄荧光的设备和技术，纯粹是作为一种爱好（即激情/痴迷）。所有早期的潜水和实验都是在马萨诸塞州的冷水中进行的。一旦他有了一个工作系统，就该去加勒比海了。查理从洪都拉斯的罗阿坦旅行回来，带着他的第一批珊瑚和海葵的白光和荧光比较图像集，并找到一位海洋生物学家告诉他他看到了什么。直到那时他才知道对珊瑚的荧光知之甚少。这让他回到了学校，在博士的出色指导下，他在波士顿大学获得了海洋生物学博士学位。查尔斯·扬奇、莱斯·考夫曼、杰拉·阿特玛等。这导致了海底生物光学特性研究的新方向，并参与了海军研究办公室赞助的许多研究项目。这项工作还为使用 Harbour Branch 海洋研究所的 Johnson Sea-link 载人潜水器首次探索深海荧光提供了机会。
当建立 NIGHTSEA 与整个潜水社区分享他为自己的研究开发的设备的时机成熟时，查理向他的好朋友罗斯·克尼芬寻求指导和支持。罗斯曾是一名商业潜水员、零售潜水店老板和潜水旅行领导者，并带来了对潜水行业的深刻（没有双关语）知识，这已被证明是无价的。
“I started out making equipment for myself to explore for fluorescence in the sea while SCUBA diving at night. The challenge of working underwater in the dark is a great motivator for making simple, reliable gear that just plain gets the job done. This mindset guides the design of everything that NIGHTSEA produces to view and image fluorescence, wherever you need to work.”
NIGHTSEA was founded by Charles Mazel, PhD, and Ross Kniffin. Our roots are in exploration and photography of fluorescence underwater. Charlie started out as a sport diver. He developed the equipment and techniques for searching for and photographing fluorescence underwater purely as a hobby (i.e., passion/obsession). All the early diving and experimenting was in the cold waters of Massachusetts. once he had a working system it was time to head to the Caribbean. Charlie came back from his trip to Roatan, Honduras, with his first collection of comparative white-light and fluorescence images of corals and anemones and sought out a marine biologist to tell him what he was seeing. It was only then that he learned that very little was known about the fluorescence of corals. This led him back to school, where he earned his PhD in Marine Biology at Boston University under the excellent guidance of Drs. Charles Yentsch, Les Kaufman, Jella Atema, and others. This led to a new direction in research on optical properties of seafloor organisms, and participation in a number of research projects sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. This work also provided the opportunity for the first-ever explorations for deep-sea fluorescence using the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution’s Johnson Sea-link manned submersible.
When the time felt right to establish NIGHTSEA to share the equipment he had developed for his own research with the diving community in general, Charlie looked to his good friend Ross Kniffin for guidance and support. Ross had been a commercial diver, retail dive shop owner, and dive travel leader, and brought with him a deep (no pun intended) knowledge of the diving industry that has proved invaluable.
With the discovery that the fluorescent proteins in corals were a form of the magical green fluorescent protein originally found in jellyfish it was a natural transition to supply variants of our underwater lights and viewing equipment to the biotechnology research community. We continue to explore fluorescence in the world around us and provide practical tools that enable scientists, students, sport divers. professional photographers/videographers, and others to explore this hidden spectral realm.