Building an optical system with stock optics

Several manufacturers can provide pre-fabricated optical parts for very reasonable prices. For a customer they are very attractive, but for the designer they are that sinister oppressive path through a damp dark forest after reading Lovecraft novels – how can anything innovative come out of something as coarse as pre-fabricated parts? Client is demanding the impossible! Or when viewed with a positive attitude, just kicking you forward. Pre-fabricated components design is very attractive and here to stay, so best to make the best of it. Here I design some basic finite conjugate objectives with pre-fabricated parts and see their limitations first-hand.

Originally published 15.5.2014 by Jani Achrén.

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