Eyepieces often limit the overall optical performance of visual instruments and, because of the wide field-of-view and high-performance requirements, they present a well-known difficult design problem. Improvement of existing eyepieces is limited with the use of conventional design variables. We have designed and fabricated a hybrid diffractive–refractive wide-field (>60°) eyepiece that offers significant improvements over existing conventional eyepieces. The hybrid eyepiece consists of only three common-crown refractive elements and weighs 70% less than an Erfle-type eyepiece, while having enhanced optical performance such as a 50% decrease in pupil spherical aberration and a 25% reduction in distortion. Experimental modulation transfer function results are in excellent agreement with the theoretical performance.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 23, 1994
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 1994
Published: May 10, 1995
Michael D. Missig and G. Michael Morris, "Diffractive optics applied to eyepiece design," Appl. Opt. 34, 2452-2461 (1995)