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The Basic Optics System is ideal for the science lab

  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Rugged Design

Basic Optics System



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The Basic Optics Systems consist of three options with compatible components.

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The Basic Optics System is easy to use, it is ruggedly designed, and it is an economical choice for the optics laboratory. The system supports 17 included experiments in both geometric bench optics and table-top ray optics experiments. Expanded systems include the optics components in the subsystems with added equipment to provide capability to perform many more experiments, such as polarization and spectrophotometry.

The 1.2 meter optics bench is the foundation for geometric optics studies. It features a built-in metric tape to make distance measurements quick and accurate.

The Basic Optics Light Source is a versatile tool. It snaps easily onto the bench where it functions as a point light source and an illuminated image. This Light Source also comes off the bench where it can lay flat on the work surface to become a table-top ray box.

Ray optics materials include an assortment of lenses and mirrors for studying convergence, divergence, reflection, and color mixing.

Each lens and mirror for geometric optics comes mounted in a protective optics component holder. The component holders snap positively onto the bench. They stay in place, yet with a slight squeeze with one hand, they can slide and reposition easily.

The Adjustable Lens Holder can accommodate lenses from 20 mm to 75 mm diameter. It holds lenses securely at the correct optic height.

Diffraction comparison between red and green laser light.

The Basic Optics System II provides components to support experiments in Basic Optics in addition to studies in polarization, diffraction, and interference.

The Computer Based Optics System II contains equipment in Basic Optics System II (the Polarization Analyzer replaces the Photometer with Polarizer). It includes the sensors to allow a computer to record and analyze data from diffraction, interference, polarization and Inverse-Square Law experiments.

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  • Optics Track (1.2 m): Lens holders, mirrors, light source, and viewing screen snap into this rugged aluminum optics track. The metric tape makes position measurements easy.  Optical alignment is always a snap.
  • Light Source: Has a lighted crossed arrow target with metric scale for focusing images through lenses or using with the concave mirror.  Acts as a point light source, 1, 3, or 5 parallel rays, or red-green-blue rays.
  • Lenses: 4 - 50 mm diameter lenses - focal lengths +100, +200, +250, -150 mm mounted in protective holders
  • Concave/Convex Mirror: 50 mm diameter plastic mirror with reflective surface on both sides. Includes "half-screen" upon which the image is focused.
  • Adjustable Lens Holder: Use your own lenses (from 19 mm to 75 mm in diameter) or choose from our lens sets.
  • Ray Optics Kit: Concave/convex lenses, concave/convex/plane mirrors, acrylic rhomboid prism for spreading white light and refraction experiments, hollow lens for teaching the lensmaker's equation. Storage tray functions as a water tank for the hollow lens.
  • Ray Table: Two-piece construction allows the table to rotate for studying Snell’s Law or the Law of Reflection. Includes D-shaped acrylic lens.
  • Viewing Screen: White plastic screen snaps into the optics bench - the position of the screen is visible on the bench scale.
  • Experiment Manual: The experiment guide includes 17 ready-to-use optics experiments with teacher notes and sample data.
  • Storage Box: Everything fits neatly into the protective storage box, with the exception of the 1.2 meter Optics Track.

Adjustable Lens Holder

Allows you to use any of your own lenses or mirrors (accommodates diameters between 19 mm and 75 mm). Just like the fixed lenses and mirrors, this Adjustable Lens Holder snaps right on to track, but slides and repositions easily.


Ray Optics Kit

The Ray Optics Kit is a set of optics components designed for use with a ray box such as the Basic Optics Light Source. The storage box doubles as a tank for studying lenses under water.

Ray optics showing parallel rays with a double concave lens, a double convex lens, and reflection from a concave surface.

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