1 May 2005 Autofocus system for space cameras
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A novel autofocusing technique using a self-imaging approach is developed for a space camera having large aperture and long focus. Its optical system consists of an emitting system, receiving system, and two pentagonal prisms. The emitting system has three parts: a light source, beamsplitter, and aim slit. The receiving system includes a field lens, two separate lenses, and CCD. Using two little pentaprisms instead of a large planar mirror makes the autofocus system simple and compact. A defocused signal is acquired by measuring the change of the slit self-image position imaged on the CCD. The algorithm to calculate the movement of the slit self-image position is analyzed to achieve subpixel position estimation. The results of the experiments show a ±10-µm precision of autofocusing in a range of ±5-mm defocusing. The system demonstrates high resolution, easy adjustment, and high reliability. Also this method can meet the requirements of various accurate focus measurement systems.
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Zhaohui Li, Zhaohui Li, Keyong Wu, Keyong Wu, } "Autofocus system for space cameras," Optical Engineering 44(5), 053001 (1 May 2005). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.1901686 . Submission:


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