Yeah the practice I work for does that. Not a bad lens system very, very little waste associated with it.

From what I've found, the lenses in period were ground from blanks (for lack of a better term) as are the majority of lenses today. From what I've been able to unearth, in period it was the mirror makers making the lenses not the spectacle makers, they were mounting the lenses.


On Oct 14, 2013 3:41 PM, "Gwendolyn" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This idea is actually similar to current technology for creating lenses. I have an office that just bought a machine that has them put in a two part mold for the appropriate rx and fill it with a special liquid/gel substance that cures to create custom lenses with no grinding marks or polishing to the surface needed. It's pretty cool. They tell me the optics are superior without the micro abrasions from grinding and polishing. 

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On Oct 14, 2013, at 10:45 AM, Jim Myers <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I wonder if you could form a lens by spinning plaster of paris while it hardens to form a parabolic base mold, then use it to cast a lens…maybe also spinning the mold while the molten glass hardens in it. Don’t know if you would still need to grind such to get a suitable surface, tho.




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Thanks Lief.  I'm not so much worried about the curve or sagitta as the precise focal point is marginally irrelevant in my case here.  I'm more concerned with how did they physically grind them.  DaVinci shows a several foot diameter grinding stone with a machine to work it across the surface. Curious if anyone has seen anything else.




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The measurement of determining the curve is called a diopter. I don't know the formula to determine the exact parabolic curve you may want, but Master Craig might be able to point you in the correct direction. Mundanely he is an Eye Doctor (I can't remember if he's an Optometrist, or an Ophthalmologist). He ought to know those formulae or be able to point you in the direction for them.


P.s. If nobody pipes up with his contact info, I think I know who might have it. PM me in that circumstance. Hope this helps.

On Oct 13, 2013 8:10 PM, "Hall, Hayward" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Does anyone have references to period grinding of optical glass or metal, specifically concave mirrors.  I've see DaVinci's grinding machine (too difficult to produce), various post-period techniques, and sphere production for eyeglasses, but nothing really relating to the large concave "burning mirrors" described both in antiquity and in late period.  Birringuccio talks about casting them but really doesnt go into how to produce the parabola.


I'm currently employing techniques used by current Amateur Telescope Makers however, while primitive, I don't know their origin.