AG Optical Systems uses Solidworks 3D CAD software to virtually
design each optical system. The use of advanced CAD software allows
AGO to explore mechanical design options and thoroughly investigate
the mechanical characteristics of telescope designs before any
carbon fiber fabric is cut or metal machined. This approach helps AG
Optical Systems reduce design complexity when appropriate and design
systems that can be repeatedly manufactured and assembled to high
levels of precision and tolerance.
AG Optical Systems uses ATMOS and Zemax software to design our
At the heart of each AG Optical telescope are precision
manufactured and carefully tested optics crafted by experienced
testing and quality control processes ensure
that AGO optical systems offer excellent optical performance that
will satisfy the most discriminating user.
Each optic that goes into an AGO telescope
is rigorously tested using a variety of established test
methodologies. This approach and commitment to quality ensures the
each AGO telescope provides high contrast, razor sharp performance.
Each and every iDK and iHW optical set is tested as a system using
interferometry. This unforgiving
test ensure that the performance of iDK and iHW astrographs will be
consistently outstanding and meet the potential of the excellent
After final figuring is complete, each optic
in Ostahowski Optics' state-of-the-art coating chamber
with a high reflectivty 96% enhanced aluminum coating.
iDK and iHW corrector elements are made in the USA
by an established optics manufacturer with vast experience making
optics for commerical and defense industries. Each corrector element
is thoroughly tested before being coated with a multilayer broadband
antireflection coating that reduces light reflection to less than
Machining and Fabrication
AG Optical System owns a 3200 ft2
facility which houses CNC and manual maching equipment to include a
vertical machining center, lathe, manual milling maching, and
computer controled curing oven. Our optical systems are tested using a
large, highly precise collimating telescope to ensure that they
perform to a very high standard.