Shop Tour

 

The Owner Steve Dodds

 

 

Nova Optical is now doing our own coatings.

We have acquired a state of the art coating system, capable of doing enhanced aluminum coatings with a reflectivity of greater than 96%

 

 

 

Polishing Machines

16" & 20" Mirrors Being Polished

 

Polishing a 25"

 

 

 

The Test Room

Nova Optical uses optical flats to test all of our mirrors.

32" Optical Flat

 

A 25" Mirror Under Test Using The 32" Optical Flat

 

16" Optical Flat

 

A 15" Mirror Under Test Using The 16" Optical Flat

 

 

Testing The Radius With A Spherometer

 

 

Checking The Anneal With Polarized Light

The annealing process removes stress within the glass.

Both images are the same 25" mirror. As the polarizer is rotated

it will cut off all of the light passing through the mirror. Any unannealed parts of the mirror will allow light to pass through.

 

 

Testing diagonal mirrors with a Zygo interferometer

More Pictures Coming Soon

 


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