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Versatile autostigmatic microscope
Author(s): Robert E. Parks
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Paper Abstract

An autostigmatic microscope is described and its uses explained. Then an adaptation of the original instrument is described that uses current technological advances in laser diodes and video displays to turn an old workhorse into a versatile optical test and alignment device. This paper illustrates applications that make use of the capabilities of the modern autostigmatic microscope outside the field of aligning optical systems such as using it as an electronic autocollimator, a check on the centration of the axes of molded optics and the measurement of the runout and wobble of precision spindles such as air bearings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6289, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX, 62890J (5 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682100
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Robert E. Parks, Optical Perspectives Group, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6289:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX
José M. Sasian; Mary G. Turner, Editor(s)

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