The Miscellaneous Optics ClipArt gallery offers 79 illustrations related to general optics.

"In photometry (measure of light), a mounting for an incandescent lamp ... Rotator. The lamp to be tested is mounted upon a revolving spindle, ss, current being supplied through the brushes bb. The axis of rotation may be varied by turning the spindle about the horizontal shaft a." -Whitney, 1911

Rotator

"In photometry (measure of light), a mounting for an incandescent lamp ... Rotator. The lamp to be tested…

"To show how a shadow if a perpendicular object is to be projected on an inclined plane." -Benson, 1891

Shadow of a Perpendicular Object

"To show how a shadow if a perpendicular object is to be projected on an inclined plane." -Benson, 1891

"An instrument described by Foucault for transmitting a beam of light along the optical axis of a fixed horizontal telescope."—Finley, 1917

Siderostat

"An instrument described by Foucault for transmitting a beam of light along the optical axis of a fixed…

"Solar Spectrum.—If a ray, proceeding from the sun, be admitted into a darkened chamber, through an aperture in the window shutter, and allowed to pass through a triangular shaped piece of glass, called a prism, the light will be decomposed, and instead of a spot of white, there will be seen, on the opposite wall, a most brilliant display of colors, including all those seen in the rainbow." —Comstock, 1850

Solar Spectrum

"Solar Spectrum.—If a ray, proceeding from the sun, be admitted into a darkened chamber, through…

"A, spectacles with bows hinged to the shoulders on the rims connected by the nose or bridge. B, spectacles with hook-bows and with bridge and shoulders riveted to the lenses. C, detail showing construction of shoulder. D, side view, showing rim. In all the figures: a, bows; b, shoulders; c, rims; d, bridge." —Whitney, 1889

A Collection of Spectacles

"A, spectacles with bows hinged to the shoulders on the rims connected by the nose or bridge. B, spectacles…

"C. Collimator; P, center of group of prisms; T, telescope; s, slit through which the ray of light enters, R, ray on its progress through prisms to telescope."—Finley, 1917

Spectroscope

"C. Collimator; P, center of group of prisms; T, telescope; s, slit through which the ray of light enters,…

"A spectroscope is an instrument used ot produce a spectrum of the light form any source, and for its study." -Avery 1895

Spectroscope

"A spectroscope is an instrument used ot produce a spectrum of the light form any source, and for its…

"...an instrument which gives a spectrum when the source of the light is in a straight line with the eye—that is, which gives dispersion without deviation—is called a direct vision spectroscope..." —Whitney, 1889

Direct Vision Spectroscope

"...an instrument which gives a spectrum when the source of the light is in a straight line with the…

"A prism is used to disperse ordinary light, and slits are cut in paper S to only allow yellow and blue light to pass. These two simple colors will be blended by the lens, forming a light that is nearly white. The effect of mingling any two colors may be determined in this way." -Avery 1895

Color Spectrum

"A prism is used to disperse ordinary light, and slits are cut in paper S to only allow yellow and blue…

"A spectrum of sunlight is crossed by dark lines, many hundreds of whcih have been counted and accurately mapped. The more conspicious of these dark lines are distinguisged by letters of the alphabet. A few of these dark lines in the solar spectrum are due to absorption in the earth's atmosphere, but by far the greater number originate in the selective absorption of the solar atmosphere itself." — Avery, 1895

Visible spectrum

"A spectrum of sunlight is crossed by dark lines, many hundreds of whcih have been counted and accurately…

"O' is the virtual image of O formed at a spherical surface of centre C and radius CS." —Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910

Virtual Image Formed on Spherical Surface

"O' is the virtual image of O formed at a spherical surface of centre C and radius CS." —Encyclopaedia…

"An instrument for measuring the radii of spheres; a sphere-measurer. It is of especial service to opticians in determining focal lengths, etc. of lenses. The common form consists of a vertical screwc, with a large graduated head a, a, turning in a socket supported by three legs whose hard steel points are exactly equidistant. The fixed scale b at the side, together with the graduated screwhead, makes it possible to measure with great accuracy the distance between the extremity of the screw and the plane passing through the ends of the three supports, when, for example, all the points are in contact with the surface of the sphere." —Whitney, 1889

Spherometer

"An instrument for measuring the radii of spheres; a sphere-measurer. It is of especial service to opticians…

"In 1835 Mr. Stevenson, in a report to the Northern Lighthouse Board, proposed to add fixed reflecting prisms p below the lenses of Fresnel's revolving light, and he communicated this proposal to M. L. Fresnel, who approved of his suggestion, and assisted in carrying out the design in 1843. This combination added, however, but little to the power of the flash, and produced both a periodically flashing and constantly fixed light; but it must be remembered that the prism for fixed lights was the only kind of reflecting prism then known." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Stevensons Revolving Light

"In 1835 Mr. Stevenson, in a report to the Northern Lighthouse Board, proposed to add fixed reflecting…

"Condensing Straight Prisms.—These, either by reflexion or refraction or both, cause a ray fr proceeding in any compass bearing from a fixed light apparatus AA to emerge in the direction, e.g., parallel to the corresponding ray fb, which proceeds in the same compass bearing from another part of the apparatus and so of any other ray fc which is bent parallel to the ray fa." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Straight Prisms

"Condensing Straight Prisms.—These, either by reflexion or refraction or both, cause a ray fr…

"Professor Swan's Designs.—Among several ingenious arrangements and new forms of agents proposed by Professor Swan is the mode of sending rays from prisms through interstices left between other prisms placed in front, and also a form of agent which he termed the triesoptric prism, in which the rays would undergo two refractions and three reflexions. a are the front and b the triesoptric prisms. The two upper and lower prisms a are constructed of flint glass of high refractive power. It will be observed from the drawing that this ingenious arrangement is nevertheless open to objection, for cones of light of 30 degrees in front and of 65 degrees at the back are lost through the interstices." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Swans Designs

"Professor Swan's Designs.—Among several ingenious arrangements and new forms of agents proposed…

"The Actual Size of the Test Type, which shiykd be seen by the Normal Eye at a distance of Twenty Feet." — Blaisedell, 1904

Test type

"The Actual Size of the Test Type, which shiykd be seen by the Normal Eye at a distance of Twenty Feet."…

"Instrument used to reproduce the effect of polarization." -Avery 1895

Tourmaline Tongs

"Instrument used to reproduce the effect of polarization." -Avery 1895

"Condensing Twin Prism Light.—Part of the Lamiash light in the Firth of Clyde. Its action will be easily understood by the numbers shown on the diagram." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Twin Prism

"Condensing Twin Prism Light.—Part of the Lamiash light in the Firth of Clyde. Its action will…

"A positive uniaxial interference figure. The arrows indicate the movement taking place upon inserting a quartz wedge above the section." -Johannsen, 1908

Uniaxial Interference

"A positive uniaxial interference figure. The arrows indicate the movement taking place upon inserting…