Several different performance criteria have been proposed for assessing the quality of visual afocal sights. Earlier research by one of the authors (Haig) has shown that a high degree of correlation exists between a subjective assessment of performance and the Strehl intensity ratio of the optical system. We discuss some of the problems in choosing an objective performance criterion for visual sights and describe equipment that has been developed for measuring the line Strehl ratio of binoculars, both on and off axes. The equipment can be modified for testing other types of visual sight. It can also be used for measuring several additional performance parameters such as the modulation transfer function, transmission, and field curvature.
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