One of the most frequent complaints one hears is that a better job could have been done if there had been more money. The scientists and technicians who work with optics are not immune to this problem but they do have an alternative solution that does not require extensive paper work for proposals or budget modifications. The solution is contained with-in the researcher himself and is simply ingenuity and inven-tiveness. The most efficient way to surface the latent ideas that can help to solve the problems aggrevated by budget limitations is to visit other laboratories and see how they have solved similar problems. In addition it is always gratifying to discover that you can improve on someone else's idea.