26 April 2010 Opto-mechanical review of a light weight compact visible zoom camera
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Abstract
An overview of a high performance zoom camera will be presented. Performance achievements including zoom (magnification range), mass, bore sight, space envelope and environment will be discussed. Optical mounting techniques and flexural decoupling of components for large temperature ranges will be presented. Precision trajectory and positioning of multiple moving lens groups will be reviewed and lead screw decoupling methods providing axial stiffness with radial compliance will be illustrated. A mechanical system interface with high stiffness and thermal compliance for azimuth and elevation adjustments will be given. Finally, the paper will conclude with a review of lessons learned, including lead screw decoupling and aligning multiple static and moving lens groups.
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Brian McMaster, "Opto-mechanical review of a light weight compact visible zoom camera", Proc. SPIE 7668, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VII, 76680E (26 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858795; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858795
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