I am sorry to say I did not get to meet any of you personally at either the SPIE Optics and Photonics show in San Diego or the American Society for Precision Engineering Exhibit scheduled for Minneapolis in October.
While I call it a centering station you can also think of it as a vertical optical bench so gravity helps when you insert optical elements. In this way of thinking you can easily obtain first order lens parameters quickly from PSM reading and the motorized vertical stage with 1 micron resolution.
I find the station so useful that I am constantly changing from one set up to another as inquires come in to make a measurement or see if a particular assembly performs as expected. The breadboard work table makes it particularly easy to assemble test fixturing from standard catalog opto-mechanical fixtures usually found in most optics labs.
Speaking of common opto-mechanical hardware, we have a variety of accessories for the PSM in the webstore including Ronchi gratings for spatial calibration of the PSM, precision measured wedged windows for angle calibration and Axicon gratings for creating Bessel beams.
We will shortly be adding Bessel beam projectors and long working distance objectives that work with the PSM. The objectives are designed to maintain sensitivity while substantially increasing the working distance.
If you have an idea that would make the PSM work better for you, let us know. We can always add it as a new product and make your life in the lab easier.
Keep safe, Bob
You can see our exhibit of the Axicon Grating Centering Station here.