Fiducial Instruments Patents (Class 356/247)
  • Patent number: 10852104
    Abstract: A rifle scope and mount system provide a means of securely attaching a telescopic sight to a firearm such that a person installing the scope may set it at an appropriate eye relief distance at any of a number of finely spaced apart locations ahead of the shooters head and sighting eye. The scope and mount system also provides means for radial positioning of a scope within its clamp rings so that a local angular discrepancy in the alignment of horizontal datums established by the rifle as held by a user and local horizontal datums established by a mounting rail or similar scope mounting features on the rifle may be overcome by an affordance for securing the scope at an angular displacement substantially equal and opposite to the discrepancy inherent within the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: James David Aslin
  • Patent number: 10606063
    Abstract: A reversing system for telescopic sights has a guide sleeve, an outer sleeve and a mount with an optical element, the outer sleeve being axially fixed and rotatable on the guide sleeve, and an inner cam slot in the guide sleeve, and an outer cam slot in the outer sleeve. The mount is axially displaceable in the guide sleeve and has a guide pin that projects into the inner cam slot and the outer cam slot, the guide pin having a carrier shaft with a first pivot bearing and a second pivot bearing seated thereon. The first pivot bearing is guided within the outer cam slot, and the second pivot bearing is guided within the inner cam slot. The first pivot bearing and/or the second pivot bearing have an inner ring that sits on the carrier shaft and an outer ring that is rotatably supported on the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Schmidt & Bender GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lothar Fuhrmann, Jonas Joachim Höller, Hartmut Deusing
  • Patent number: 10458752
    Abstract: An optical sight includes a housing, a relay assembly, and a biasing element. The relay assembly has at least one optical element, a main tube, a track tube with at least one track, and a reticle assembly. The track tube is selectively rotatable relative to and about the main tube to adjust an axial position of the at least one optical element within the main tube along an axis that is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the main tube. The reticle assembly further includes at least one optical element. The biasing element includes a mounting strap that is fixed to an inner surface of the housing and a spring having an engagement surface that contacts the relay assembly and exerts a force on the relay assembly. The engagement surface is on a radially inner side of the spring opposite a radially outer side facing the mounting strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Szalony, Ian Doran, Rodney DeLaca
  • Patent number: 10436542
    Abstract: A serve-less peep sight is configured for use with an archery bow with bowstring fibers. The fibers are separated into two groups that diverge at an upper junction and converge at a lower junction. The peep sight is installed with the bowstring fibers extending around an upper portion and a lower portion and with the fibers crossing within a transverse channel. The peep sight is locked in place when the bowstring is under tension without the need to use serving material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bear Archery, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Karcher
  • Patent number: 10408573
    Abstract: A network of scopes, including one or more lead scopes and one or more follower scopes, is provided to allow the respective scopes to track the same presumed target. A lead scope locates a target and communicates target position data of the presumed target to the follower scope. The follower scope uses the target position data and its own position data to generate electronic control signals for use by follower scope to make position movements so as to re-position the follower scope from its current target position to move towards the target position defined by the target position data received from the lead scope. At least the second scope is mounted to, or integrated into, a vehicle, which uses the target position data to move to a new location so as to allow the second scope to better view the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Fougnies, Robert A. Pressman, Larry L. Day
  • Patent number: 10323939
    Abstract: A navigation system operable without a visible horizon is provided. The system can include a collapsible sextant apparatus having a first holder to accommodate a visual spotting scope and a second holder connected to the first holder to accommodate an electronic navigation device. The electronic navigation device can include elevation and timing factors for navigation. The first holder can include a rotatable base extending in a first direction, and a retention element disposed on the rotatable base to retain the visual spotting scope. The second holder can include a longitudinal member to retain the electronic navigation device extending in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction such that the first holder is disposed substantially perpendicular to the second holder and the visual spotting scope and the electronic navigation device can be aligned at a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Eric T. Vinande
  • Patent number: 10162147
    Abstract: An alignment subsystem that incorporates a ball and lever approach to adjust windage and elevation. The system provides a low cost, vibration immune red dot and/or reticle device for a weapon system. The materials used to construct the system also provide for temperature indifference and increased wear characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Choiniere, James A. Sterritt
  • Patent number: 9982965
    Abstract: An inner red-dot gun sighting device powered by a solar cell and provided with a micro-current LED light source comprises a housing (1) and a micro-current LED light source (6) disposed in the housing (1) or on the housing (1). A solar cell (2) is disposed on the housing (1). The solar cell (2) is connected to the micro-current LED light source (6) by using a conducting wire, so as to supply power to the micro-current LED light source (6). Power is supplied to the micro-current LED light source (6) by using the solar cell (2), so that the number of cells used is reduced and use costs are reduced; power supplies of the micro-current LED light source (6) are switched by using a dual-power supply automatic switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HUANIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jianhua Sun
  • Patent number: 9921034
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sight device (1), in particular a reflector sight or telescopic sight, which sight device has a lighting apparatus (2) for producing or illuminating a target mark, wherein the lighting apparatus (2) comprises an light guide (3) made of photoluminescent, in particular fluorescent material and a radioluminescent light source (7) coupled to the light guide (3), wherein the light guide (3) is designed to receive ambient light and convert said ambient light into photoluminescence light along at least one segment (4) of the longitudinal extent of the light guide, and wherein the absorption spectrum (10) of the photoluminescent material of the light guide (3) and the emission spectrum (9) of the radioluminescent light source (7) in the visible range can both be characterized by a spectral bandwidth and a center wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: MB-Microtec AG
    Inventors: Daniel Jakob, Hannes Kind
  • Patent number: 9797683
    Abstract: A sight includes an adjusting module, a collector ring, a first adjusting element, and an elastic element. The collector ring includes a connecting end connected to the adjusting module, a free end opposite to the connecting end, a periphery connecting the connecting end and the free end, and a notch formed on the periphery and connected to the free end. The first adjusting element includes a first end which abuts the periphery. The elastic element extends in a direction from the free end to the connecting end and abuts the periphery. The elastic element contacts the periphery in a position between the notch and the connecting end. The first end is configured to resist an elastic force exerted by the elastic element and move the collector ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Chi Tang
  • Patent number: 9625235
    Abstract: An optical sight is provided and includes a housing having a first bearing surface integrally formed therewith and a relay assembly having at least one optical element, a main tube, and a track tube having at least one track. The track tube is selectively rotatable relative to and about the main tube to adjust an axial position of the at least one optical element within the main tube along an axis that is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the main tube. The main tube includes a spherical surface that is in contact with the first bearing surface of the housing to define a pivot point of the main tube within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney DeLaca, Michael Presley, Thomas K. Maciak
  • Patent number: 9605954
    Abstract: A distance measuring laser pointer has at least one laser source capable of emitting a light ray; and two optical elements, disposed in front of the at least one laser source, receiving and transferring the light ray into a first conic light beam and a set of multiple second conic light beams. The first conic light beam projects a first light pattern on a surface of a target, and the set of multiple second conic light beams project a second light pattern on the surface of the target. An intersection between the first light pattern and the second light pattern changes position depending on variation of a distance between the distance measuring laser pointer and the target to indicate the distance. The distance measuring laser pointer simultaneously indicates a diameter or length of the target when indicating the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Flex Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin-Chen Ko
  • Patent number: 9587937
    Abstract: A construction machine includes a sensor unit having a measurement range. The sensor unit is variable in its orientation relative to the construction machine, whereby position or orientation of the measurement range relative to the construction machine is also variable. The sensor unit is configured for detecting position of an external reference. The construction machine further includes a setup assistance system including a display configured to indicate to an operator while the sensor unit is oriented relative to the reference in which direction the sensor unit has to be moved in order for the reference to be located in the measurement range. The sensor unit is configured to detect a position of the reference relative to the sensor unit in at least two dimensions, and the display is configured to display the position of the reference relative to the measurement range for the at least two detected dimensions simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventors: Martin Buschmann, Achim Eul, Jens Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9389045
    Abstract: A sight for firearms based on a non-collimating optical system includes a reticle, a lens and a housing for holding the reticle to be centered with the optical axis of the lens, which is parallel to the barrel's center line of the firearm. The reticle is located axially apart of the lens back focal plane and projected toward the user's eye, such that the projected reticle appears centered to the lens barrel only when the user eye is on the same lens optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Abraham Reichert, Yaakov Sne
  • Patent number: 9188757
    Abstract: A cable assembly comprises: an insulative housing; a plurality of contacts received into the insulative housing; a printed circuit board located behind the insulative housing and electrically connected with the plurality of contacts; a metallic shell enclosing the insulative housing and the printed circuit board; an insulative shell enclosing a rear portion of the metallic shell; and a cable having a plurality of optical fibers coupled to a top surface of the printed circuit board and a plurality of copper wires electrically connected to a bottom surface of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Chien-Chiung Wang, Qing-Man Zhu, Ru-Yang Guo, Peng Zhai
  • Patent number: 9057583
    Abstract: A sight system is provided which may be selectively used in a variety of different ways. In one example, the sight system may be positioned on a rifle to provide a rifle sight system. In this example, the sight system may be positioned on the rifle barrel a substantial distance away from a user's eye. Advantageously, such an implementation may permit a user to effectively sight the rifle without compromising situational awareness. In another example, the sight system may be used to provide a telescopic sight with a reticle (e.g., a dot, crosshair, mark, or other appropriate shape) superimposed on an image (e.g., a zoomed or non-zoomed image) displayed from a camera. In another example, the sight system may be used to provide an occluded sight in which a camera and/or display of the sight system is disabled. As a result, a reticle may be displayed over an opaque background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, John McCrickerd, Mark Buczek, Mark Squire
  • Patent number: 8997392
    Abstract: A dot-sighting device includes a light source, a beam splitter and a reflective element. The light source emits light. The beam splitter includes a surface that reflects at least a portion of a first light component of the light and transmits at least a portion of a second light component. The reflective element reflects at least a portion of the first light component reflected by the surface of the beam splitter toward the beam splitter. The light reflected by the reflective element includes the second light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: In Jung, Bo Sun Jeung
  • Patent number: 8955984
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that are related to projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8943732
    Abstract: The invention relates to a telescopic sight for a firearm which has a telescope body (2) with an eyepiece (3) and an objective (4) and an illuminating device for an illuminated graticule, wherein the illuminating device has a control electronics unit (22) and an energy store (23). Further, the invention relates to an illuminating module (7) for a telescopic sight of this kind and a programming adapter (30) for an illuminating module of this kind. In order to enable an individual adjustment of the illumination characteristic, the control electronics unit (22) is arranged in a housing (10) which can be releasably accommodated in a saddle (8) on an outside of the telescopic sight (1), wherein the housing (10) with the control electronics unit (22) forms an independently manageable illuminating module (7) which can be fitted into a programming adapter (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schmidt & Bender GmbH Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Schmidt, Manuel Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8928878
    Abstract: An adjusting device adjusts a reticle unit of a telescopic sight and has a rotatable setting cap and a transmission unit for converting the turning movement of the setting cap into an adjusting movement of the reticle. The turning range of the setting cap is two revolutions and arranged on the adjusting device there are two sets of scale values assigned to at least one line scale. A first set of scale values indicate adjustment values that belong to the first revolution of the setting cap and a second set of scale values indicate adjustment values that belong to the second revolution. An index ring that bears the scale values and can be turned with the setting cap or a diaphragm ring that partially covers at least one index ring is adjustable in height during the transition from the first revolution to the second revolution of the setting cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Steiner-Optik GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Jaeschke, Gerd Lottes
  • Patent number: 8919026
    Abstract: Rifle scope turrets with spiral cam mechanisms include a scope body, a movable optical element defining an optical axis enclosed by the scope body, and a turret having a screw operably connected to the optical element for adjusting the optical axis in response to rotation of the screw. The turret has a spiral cam mechanism engaged thereto. The turret defines first and second stop surfaces positioned for engagement by the spiral cam to limit rotation of the turret. The first stop surface defines a zero position of the screw and the movable optical element. The second stop surface defines a maximum point of displacement of the screw and the moveable optical element. The stop surfaces may be defined by a spiral cam groove in the indexing portion of the turret. The groove may overlap itself at least partially. The turret may be an elevation turret or a windage turret.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel J. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8820939
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that are related to projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8813410
    Abstract: A dot-sighting device includes a light source, a beam splitter and a reflective element. The light source emits light. The beam splitter includes a surface that reflects at least a portion of a first light component of the light and transmits at least a portion of a second light component. The reflective element reflects at least a portion of the first light component reflected by the surface of the beam splitter toward the beam splitter. The light reflected by the reflective element includes the second light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: In Jung, Bo Sun Jeung
  • Publication number: 20140152981
    Abstract: A lens for sighting, includes: a first lens which is inserted in a housing of a sight fixed to a gun and is disposed perpendicular to a line-of-sight of a shooter; a light emitting element which is mounted on one surface or the other surface of the first lens and emits light having a specific wavelength band; and first and second transparent wirings which are stacked on the one surface or the other surface of the first lens and supply power to the light emitting element. Dot and bow sight type sighting systems using the same are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Do Hyeon Lim, Sang Ik Lee
  • Patent number: 8721514
    Abstract: An implantable applicator (10) has at least one guide channel (12) for guiding a radioactive seed or source (66) to a target region. A plurality of imageable fiducials (40) are configured for attachment to the patient adjacent the target region. Electromagnetic sensors (18, 20, 22, 20?, 42) are mounted to the applicator and the imageable fiducials. An electromagnetic tracking system determines the relative position of the applicator mounted sensors (18, 20, 22, 20?) and the fiducial mounted sensors (42). A localizing processor (52) generates a map of the sensors which is combined (56) with a high resolution image (46). A comparing processor (70) monitors for changes in sensor positions, generates a movement correction transform (72) which transforms (74) the planning image into a transformed planning image (76).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Guy Shechter
  • Patent number: 8705170
    Abstract: New and useful concepts for an imaging optical system configured to simultaneously image a reticle to a pair of imaging locations are provided, where the imaging optics comprise a pair of arms, each of which includes catadioptric imaging optics. In addition, the imaging optics are preferably designed to image a reticle simultaneously to the pair of imaging locations, at a numerical aperture of at least 1.3, and without obscuration of light by the imaging optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Williamson, Michael B. Binnard, Douglas C. Watson
  • Patent number: 8621774
    Abstract: All or some of the component parts of a firearm are made of synthetic diamond materials. Some firearms include a specially designed trigger capable of verifying a user's identity so that only an authorized user can discharge the firearm. Some firearms include a diamond barrel designed to impart a unique pattern of grooves to any bullet leaving the barrel, thereby facilitating reliable identification of the firearm that fired a particular bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Metadigm LLC
    Inventor: Victor B. Kley
  • Publication number: 20140002815
    Abstract: An adjusting device adjusts a reticle unit of a telescopic sight and has a rotatable setting cap and a transmission unit for converting the turning movement of the setting cap into an adjusting movement of the reticle. The turning range of the setting cap is two revolutions and arranged on the adjusting device there are two sets of scale values assigned to at least one line scale. A first set of scale values indicate adjustment values that belong to the first revolution of the setting cap and a second set of scale values indicate adjustment values that belong to the second revolution. An index ring that bears the scale values and can be turned with the setting cap or a diaphragm ring that partially covers at least one index ring is adjustable in height during the transition from the first revolution to the second revolution of the setting cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Oliver Jaeschke, Gerd Lottes
  • Publication number: 20130329223
    Abstract: A holder having light sensor for tracking location of sunlight is disclosed. The light sensor holder includes a holder 100 in which a first light sensor 401 is set, a first light guide section 141 including a light inputting hole 151 adjacent to a wall 300 at one side 111 of a body 110 in the holder 100 and formed in vertical direction, wherein a light is inputted through the light inputting hole 151, a second home 122 connected to the first light guide section 141 via a refraction section 172 and a second light guide section 142, wherein the light inputted through the light inputting hole 151 is refracted, and the refracted light is delivered to a sensing section 420 of a first light sensor 401 through a light outputting section 161, and a first home 121 adjacent to the second home 122, the first light sensor 401 being set in the first home 121.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: TM TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo-Sik Yoon, Joo-Pyung Yoon
  • Patent number: 8602564
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that are related to projection in response to position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8405904
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for superimposing an image in the beam path of an aiming optics, having an at least partially transparent optical support element which is arranged in the beam path of the aiming optics and has at least one diffractive optical coupling element and at least one diffractive optical decoupling element, the at least one diffractive optical coupling element leading light of the image to be superimposed, which light is incident on said coupling element and is to be coupled in, through the optical support element to the at least one diffractive optical decoupling element for the purpose of superimposition with the beam path. The image to be superimposed is imaged into the beam path of the aiming optics by the at least one diffractive optical coupling element and the least one diffractive optical decoupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH, Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Dobschal, Guenter Rudolph, Eva-Maria Menzel, Christian Sinn, Karsten Lindig, Thomas Wagner
  • Patent number: 8393109
    Abstract: A combination red dot sight (reflex sight) and electronic range indicator displayed in a sighting element. The sighting element is housed in a body which includes lens elements and a light source for the red dot sight as well as an optical display for the range indicator. A processor for the red dot sight and the range indicator are housed in a frame. A user interface includes indicia for varying the intensity of the light source for the red dot sight as well as activate the range indicator. Alternately, the range indicator may be activated by a button positioned remotely, such as on the firearm or bow and may be wired to the range indicator circuit or communicate via wireless transmission. An emitting lens and a receiving lens are optically connected via a range finding circuit to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Gilmore Sports Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Riley Gilmore
  • Publication number: 20130010292
    Abstract: A projection optical system is provided with a diffractive optical element which converts laser light emitted from a laser light source into light having a dot pattern by diffraction and projects laser light onto a target area with a predetermined dot pattern. The diffractive optical element is formed in such a manner that the density of dots in a peripheral portion of a target area is set larger than the density of dots in a center portion of the target area. With this arrangement, in performing a pattern matching operation for a segment area in the vicinity of the outer side of the target area, the number of dots to be included in the segment area increases. This enhances the precision in the pattern matching operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi UMEDA, Yoichiro Goto
  • Patent number: 8179528
    Abstract: An assembly including a holder and a fluid-fillable container. The holder is adapted for holding at least the container and includes a system for filling the container with a fluid from a fluid source. The holder further includes a detector for detecting the fluid level inside the container, a light source for at least locally illuminating the interior of the container and an optical detector. The detector is arranged outside the container and for detecting a fluid level inside the container by detecting light scattered inside the container resulting from the light emitted by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Bartele Hendrik De Vries, Merijn Wijnen, Marcus Benedictus Hoppenbrouwers
  • Patent number: 8094309
    Abstract: A line of sight adjustment device (LSAD) employs a simple yet robust structure and method to adjust the line of sight (or boresight) of a telescope, clip-on night sight, night vision sight, day scope, or other optical sighting device. In one embodiment, the LSAD includes a single optical element adjusted to change the apparent viewing angle to a target viewed through the device without degrading the optical quality of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Omnitech Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene J. Pochapsky
  • Patent number: 8060344
    Abstract: A method and system comprising a Master station, a processor and one or more targets that allows a user of said system to automatically generate a 3 dimensional graphical representation of a construction site and also overlay a drawing onto the graphical representation to guide the user within a virtual space being displayed by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Sam Stathis
  • Patent number: 7947944
    Abstract: A combination of a laser transmitter and a laser receiver and a method determine the elevation of the receiver with respect to the transmitter. The laser transmitter includes a a laser light source for providing a beam of laser light and an element for directing the beam. The beam diverges vertically and varies in intensity vertically. A laser receiver includes an array of laser beam detectors for detecting the beam and the variations in the beam intensity in a vertical direction. The vertical position of the laser receiver with respect to the laser transmitter can be determined in this manner. The beam varies in intensity vertically in a predetermined vertical pattern, and the laser receiver detects at least a portion of the pattern defined by the beam such that the portion of the beam detected by the laser receiver may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Charles Talbot
  • Publication number: 20110089238
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: HORUS VISION LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Sammut, Dickinson Buell, Lawrence Chao
  • Patent number: 7916290
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a coaxially arranged, off-axis optical system for a sighting device or aiming device. It is the object of the invention to provide a possibility for constructing an optical system in such a way that the typical disadvantage with respect to the tightness of a sighting device in an open-type construction is overcome and a good flattening of the image field is achieved in addition to the high optical imaging quality of the aiming mark. According to the invention, by means of a coaxially arranged, off-axis optical system for a sighting device or aiming device comprising a lens group, wherein the lens facing the target object is constructed as a converging meniscus and the lens facing the eye is constructed as a diverging meniscus, with a dichroic reflector and an embodiment for the aiming mark, the above-stated object is met in that a correction lens with positive refractive power is arranged at a distance of less than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Analytik Jena AG
    Inventor: Albrecht Koehler
  • Publication number: 20110043928
    Abstract: A method and apparatus relate to an optical sight having a first section, and having a second section that is movable relative to the first section, and that has optics thereon. One aspect involves: preventing movement of the second section away from a first position past a second position; responding to movement of a member relative to the first section from a third position to a fourth position by moving the second section from the first position to the second position; resiliently urging the second section away from the first position and past the second position when the member is on a side of the fourth position remote from the third position; and releasably retaining the member in a position on a side of the fourth position remote from the third position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Rozitis, Brien D. Ross
  • Publication number: 20110037974
    Abstract: An optical probe for optically testing test objects includes: a stationary probe component and a probe component rotatable about an axis of rotation and mechanically and optically coupled to the stationary probe component, the rotating probe component having at least two optical outputs for coupling out measuring beams, from which the measuring beams of varying focal distances d exit perpendicularly with respect to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Tobias Gnausch
  • Publication number: 20100328656
    Abstract: A hand-held light measuring device includes a device housing (G) with a bottom face incorporating a measuring window (7) through which a measurement optical path extends so that a measurement object can be measured when the device housing (G) is positioned with its bottom face on the measurement object. The measuring device has an integrated, displaceably mounted white reference tile, which can be moved into the measurement optical path and moved back out of it again. The white reference tile is disposed in an end region of an oblong support plate (10) on its side directed towards the housing interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: X-RITE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Beat Frick, Lido Feri, Stefan Knechtle
  • Publication number: 20100309462
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein comprise a scope for a firearm having a large range of zoom. The scope comprising a movable zoom selector for adjusting magnification of an image viewed through the scope. The scope further comprises an objective, an ocular, and an erector assembly positioned between the objective and ocular. The erector assembly comprises at least three optical elements movable relative to one another in response to operation of the zoom selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Thomas
  • Patent number: 7848015
    Abstract: A compact objective lens is disclosed which is particularly suitable for infrared optical systems. The lens features a simple design with only two lens elements, namely a first lens element receiving incident radiation and having front and rear surfaces, and a second lens element receiving incident radiation from the first element and having front and rear surfaces. The lens forms an image of a scene on a focal plane. At least three of the four surfaces of the elements are aspheric surfaces. The lens has an f-number less than about 2, a field-of-view less than about 30 degrees, and an effective focal length less than about 6 inches. The elements are made from a material selected to pass radiation in the infrared band of the electromagnetic spectrum, e.g., germanium. The lens is suitable for use as an objective lens for a long-wave infrared sight for small arms, e.g., rifle or shoulder-launched surface to air missile launching system, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Allie M. Baker
  • Patent number: 7821678
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier and an optical scanning device. The optical scanning device generates an optical scanning beam and includes an enclosure. The enclosure includes a pair of arch-like-shaped supporting members. Inside the enclosure there are provided a light source for emitting a light beam, a light deflector for deflecting the light beam emitted from the light source so as to convert the light beam into the optical scanning beam, and at least one reflecting mirror for reflecting the optical scanning beam deflected by the light deflector to scan the image carrying surface of the image carrier. At least one of the reflecting mirrors includes a specific reflecting mirror having a light reflecting surface and mounted on the pair of arch-like-shaped supporting members at a position to reflect the optical scanning beam with the light reflecting surface toward the image carrying surface of the image carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasumasa Tomita
  • Publication number: 20100157292
    Abstract: A sight. A saddle is connected between an ocular housing and an objective housing. A crosshair is disposed in the ocular housing. A light-emitting element is disposed in the ocular housing, illuminating the crosshair. A focal adjustment member is disposed on the saddle, adjusting an objective focus for the sight. A key-type member is connected to the focal adjustment member and is electrically connected to the light-emitting element, controlling operation of the light-emitting element and adjusting luminous brightness thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: ASIA OPTICAL CO., INC.
    Inventors: Tsung-Mou Tsai, Yu-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 7733480
    Abstract: A visual aid is used by a pilot in an aircraft to position himself in the cockpit by an axial movement, called movement along the X axis, in an aircraft reference coordinate system, and by a vertical movement, called movement along the Z axis, in the aircraft reference system. The visual aid comprises two geometric shapes (3, 4), separated in space and designed to be visually aligned by the pilot; these shapes have the characteristic that each has a visual reference (31, 41) on its surface, approximately in the same horizontal plane perpendicular to the vertical XZ plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Maxime Le Texier, Georges Duchams
  • Publication number: 20100091257
    Abstract: A catadioptric optical imaging system and method is provided, in which up to four (4) reticles are imaged to a single imaging location (e.g. for imaging substrates), in a manner designed to provide high throughput, with a relatively high resolution, and with substrates whose size may approach 450 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Williamson, Daniel G. Smith, Michael B. Binnard, W.Thomas Novak, Eric P. Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20100059592
    Abstract: An aiming device for an image acquisition apparatus includes light emitting means and a light guide arranged for receiving a luminous radiation generated by the light emitting means and for providing reference image means in an aiming zone, the light guide including consecutive portions of light guide defining preferential directions of passage for the luminous radiation, each portion of light guide being inclined with respect to an adjacent portion of light guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: DATALOGIC SCANNING GROUP S.R.L.
    Inventor: Stefano Barsotti
  • Patent number: 7672045
    Abstract: A compact objective lens is disclosed which is particularly suitable for infrared optical systems. The lens features a simple design with only two lens elements, namely a first lens element receiving incident radiation and having front and rear surfaces, and a second lens element receiving incident radiation from the first element and having front and rear surfaces. The lens forms an image of a scene on a focal plane. At least three of the four surfaces of the elements are aspheric surfaces. The lens has an f-number less than about 2, a field-of-view less than about 30 degrees, and an effective focal length less than about 6 inches. The elements are made from a material selected to pass radiation in the infrared band of the electromagnetic spectrum, e.g., germanium. The lens is suitable for use as an objective lens for a long-wave infrared sight for small arms, e.g., rifle or shoulder-launched surface to air missile launching system, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Allie M. Baker