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Setting up a Line Scan Camera

Setting up a Line Scan Camera

Lens focusing performed using the oscilloscope display

The real-time display of the line scan camera signal facilitates the focusing of the camera lens. This display can even be used to focus a line scan camera system when making measurements in two dimensions. Variations in edge steepness at dark-bright transitions and modulations in the line scan signals provide a useful mechanism for establishing the correct focus. Initial focusing is performed with a fully opened aperture, when the depth of field is at its smallest and the sensitivity of focus adjustment is at its largest. The integration time can also be shortened to provide a sufficiently sensitive low amplitude signal.

Evaluation of a correct focus setting by using the line scan signal

Out of focus: Line signal

Edges are indistinct, signal peaks are blurred with low modulation of high frequency densities.

Out of focus: Zoom into the line signal

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Out of focus: Are Scan with bad focus setting

Area scan with bad focus settings reveals a blurred image.

Optimal focus setting: line signal

Line scan camera signal with optimal focus setting: dark-bright transitions have sharp edges, highly modulated signal peaks with high frequency density variation.

Optimal focus setting: Zoom into the line signal

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Optimal focus setting: Area Scan with good focus setting

Area scan with optimal focus settings shows a sharp image.