Design service offers custom OS modifications

22nd August 2014
Posted By : Staff Reporter
Design service offers custom OS modifications

An optical mount design service, delivering an optimised solution for a range of applications, has been introduced by Optical Surfaces. Typical custom modifications include mounts for non-circular optical components and for supporting larger diameter optics (> 600mm). 

Various motorised mount options are also available to suit applications in hostile environments (under vacuum, elevated temperature, high pressure) or where limited space makes manual adjustment difficult. As an option to the standard 2-axis gimbal micrometer-driven action, Optical Surfaces mounts can be fitted with x-y-z linear stages if required. This addition allows the user to accurately control positioning of optical components in up to 5-degrees of freedom.

Optical Surfaces standard range of OS mounts were developed to support optics and mirrors such as off-axis paraboloids, spheres and flats in applications where stability is important. Constructed in black anodized aluminium – OS mounts provide a secure and stable platform for optical components with diameters from 100mm to 550mm. Angular alignment can be made about two axes by means of dual action adjusters with fine screw and ultra-fine differential micrometer action.  Using these mounts it is possible to rapidly align an optical component or mirror within a few arc seconds.  To facilitate rapid and simple mounting onto an optical table or other support each OS mount comes with a base plate.  

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