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Adjustable Lens Mount for 60 mm Cage Systems
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60 mm Cage Compatible
LH160C Holding a Lens
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Thorlabs' LH160C(/M) Adjustable Lens Mount is compatible with our 60 mm Cage Systems and is ideal for general-purpose mounting of non-standard optic sizes. The non-marring Delrin fingers can be individually adjusted for unusual shapes in addition to being reversible, providing a flat side and a V-shaped side. The optic or object may be manually aligned and then locked into place by tightening the three black thumbscrews in the Delrin fingers. The aluminum mount and Delrin fingers have laser-engraved witness lines and millimeter scales, respectively. The scales on the fingers offer minor ticks every 1 mm and major ticks spaced 5 mm apart. These ticks along with the engraved lines allow for more repeatable positioning and help with optic centration within the mount.
The mount features four through holes compatible with our Ø6.0 mm cage rods and 60 mm cage system. Two 0.05" (1.3 mm) hex setscrews for each rod lock the mount into place. The mount also features SM2 (2.035"-40) threading for compatibility with our SM2 Lens Tubes and a bottom-located 8-32 (M4) tapped hole that allows for direct mounting to our Ø1/2" Posts. Please note that the three Delrin fingers prohibit mounting SM2-threaded components on the front of the LH160C(/M) mount.
Cage System Overview
The Cage Assembly System provides a convenient way to construct large optomechanical systems with an established line of precision-machined building blocks designed for high flexibility and accurate alignment.
16 mm, 30 mm, and 60 mm Cage System Standards
Thorlabs offers three standards defined by the center-to-center spacing of the cage assembly rods (see image below). The 16 mm cage, 30 mm cage, and 60 mm cage standards are designed to accomodate Ø1/2", Ø1", and Ø2" optics, respectively. Specialized cage plates that allow smaller optics to be directly inserted into our larger cage systems are also available.
The flexibility of our Cage Assembly System stems from well-defined mounting and thread standards designed to directly interface with a wide range of specialized products. The three most prevalent thread standards are our SM05 Series (0.535"-40 thread), SM1 Series (1.035"-40 thread), and SM2 Series (2.035"-40 thread), all of which were defined to house the industry's most common optic sizes. Essential building blocks, such as our popular lens tubes, directly interface to these standards.
An example of the standard cage plate measurements determining cage system compatibility.