Introduction


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Introduction
IntroductionPractical Optical System Layout is intended to help the reader who is undertaking the design of an optical system answer the question, “What do you do when the paper is blank?” This question is often cited by my friend and colleague Max Riedl, who, being of a very orderly and systematic turn of mind, usually proposes as a partial answer, “First you draw the centerline.” (Were he more optically and less mechanically inclined, I suspect he might say “optical axis” rather than “centerline.”) But behind these slightly cryptic sentences is the implication that every optical system design must begin on a very basic level. The design proceeds from the centerline in orderly steps, by first d…
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Warren J. Smith: Practical Optical System Layout: And Use of Stock Lenses. Introduction, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 1997), AccessEngineering Export