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How To Align An Off-Axis Parabolic Mirror
Author(s): Christopher Bond; Cyril A. Pipan
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Paper Abstract

The alignment of an off-axis parabolic mirror can be discussed mathematically in terms of third order optics using Zernike polynomials. While this discussion can add insight to the theory of alignment, it doesn't provide an easy means of knowing what to do in a "Hands-On" laboratory situation. As can be inferred from the title of this paper, a "How-To" method of alignment will be discussed. As for the theory of alignment, let it suffice to say that it can be shown that an off-axis parabola is a surface which departs from a best fit sphere in terms of spherical aberration, coma, and astigmatism.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 1989
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1113, Reflective Optics II, (11 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.955592
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Bond, Space Optics Research Labs (SORL) (United States)
Cyril A. Pipan, Space Optics Research Labs (SORL) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1113:
Reflective Optics II
Dietrich G. Korsch, Editor(s)

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