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Bi-Telecentric Lenses for Machine Vision
0.051X Bi-Telecentric Lens
0.243X Bi-Telecentric Lens
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Thorlabs has collaborated with Navitar to design and manufacture a line of telecentric lenses for machine vision applications. With bi-telecentric lenses, the magnification in both image and object space is independent of distance (within the depth of field) or the position in the field of view. This attribute is ideal for machine vision applications: when measuring dimensions, a telecentric lens will yield the same measurement regardless of changes in object distance or position. For more details on telecentric lenses and their differences from standard lenses, please see the Telecentric Tutorial tab above.
Thorlabs offers telecentric lenses with magnification levels of 0.051X or 0.243X. Each lens has an adjustable iris that varies the f/#. The lenses are designed for 2/3" format sensors, such as those on our scientific CCD cameras. Sensors smaller than 2/3", such as those in our other CCD and CMOS cameras, can also be used but with reduced field of view (field of view values for various sensor formats can be found on the Specs tab). The lens housing features external C-Mount (1.000"-32) threading on the image side of the lens, which is also compatible with our cameras. By using an SM1A10 thread adapter, the C-Mount can be mated to internal SM1 (1.035"-40) threads for compatibility with our Lens Tubes or other SM1-threaded mounts.
Each individual lens ships with a detailed test report showing the exact specifications and graphs for the lens; PDF samples are available in the table below. Graphs showing typical performance for field curvature, distortion, relative illumination, and Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) can be found on the Graphs tab above.
Please note that due to the size and weight of the MVTC23005, users must take care to properly mount and support this lens.
Depth of Field
Field of View
Click on the icons in the table below to see performance graphs for each telecentric lens. These graphs show the theoretically calculated modeling results from Zemax for the field curvature, distortion, relative illumination, and Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) for our telecentric lenses. Each lens ships with an individual test data sheet that contains test data for the lens, including plots of the MTF and distortion.
Telecentric lenses are designed to have a constant magnification regardless of the object's distance or location in the field of view. This attribute is ideal for many machine vision measurement applications, as measurements of an object's dimension will be independent of where it is located.
Types of Telecentric Lenses
For an image space telecentric lens, the chief rays will be parallel to the optical axis on the image's side of the lens (image space). This is accomplished by setting the aperture stop at the back focal plane of the lens, which results in an exit pupil at infinity. Since the chief rays must pass through the center of the exit pupil, the chief rays on the image side of the lens must be parallel to the optical axis. For a double telecentric, or bi-telecentric, lens, the front and back focal planes are made to overlap so that the aperture stop is located where both the entrance and exit pupils are at infinity. In a bi-telecentric lens, neither the image or object location will affect the magnification. Thorlabs' telecentric lenses are all bi-telecentric designs. Figure 2 shows an example ray trace through a telecentric lens and illustrates how the chief rays pass through the system.
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Figure 4: An image of two identical 8-32 cap screws imaged with our previous generation MVTC23013 0.128X Telecentric Lens. Although the screws appear to be the same size and in the same object plane, they are actually separated by a distance of approximately 45 mm along the optical axis.