Visual Alignment Autocollimators
Micro-Radian Instruments offers two visual alignment autocollimators. Visual autocollimators rely on the operator's eye to act as the photodetector. Micro-Radian visual autocollimators project a pinhole image. The operator views the reflected image(s) through an eyepiece (MRA-50) or on a computer monitor (CCD-100D). Visual autocollimators are ideal for applications including checking the face parallelism of optical windows and wedges or to line up laser rod ends. All Micro-Radian visual autocollimators are fix-focused on infinity, making them suitable for use at any working distance. Both autocollimators come with an incandescent light source; however, an optional white LED light source is available.
Max Angular Range
The maximum measurement range of an instrument. Range may decrease with longer working distances.
Max Working Distance
The maximum working distance is the maximum recommended distance between the forward-most point of the autocollimator and the target reflector. The max working distance is the point at which the field of view becomes significantly attenuated by the aperture; however, operation at substantially longer distances is possible in applications where a collimated or "star" source is required.
Because the human eye acts as the photodetector, resolution will vary among operators. Typically, people can resolve from 3 to 5 arc-seconds.
Pinhole Image Diameter
The pinhole image diameter is 100 microns and subtends an angle of 100 arc-seconds.
An 'eyepiece' output allows the user to view the images through an eyepiece. A USB 2.0 output allows the user to view the images on a computer monitor.
The MRA-50 visual autocollimator uses a single, white incandescent bulb as a light source. The provided power supply allows users to adjust the intensity of the bulb to suit the current operating conditions. An optional white LED light source is also available.
The CCD-100D visual autocollimator uses a white LED light source. The provided power supply allows users to adjust the intensity of the LED to suit the current operating conditions. An optional incandescent light source is also available.