OSA Rochester Section

The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people 
in the optics industry who are interested in promoting the knowledge of optics in the local community.

The Second Century of the OSA Rochester Section
It was Novemeber 18th, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.

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OSA Rochester Section Speaker Series


 Dr. Dmitry Vorobiev

April 3, 2018, 7:00 PM

Laboratory for Laser Energetics - East Lobby

 240 East River Road, 

Rochester, NY 14623

More details coming soon!



As seen in Rochester. Picture taken with Sony alpha. By Dilyana Mihaylova

David Compertore is observing the eclipse using pinhole camera of his own design.

Image of the eclipse as seen inside David Compertore's pinhole camera. Galaxy S7 smartphone, Filipp Ignatovich, Lumetrics.

As seen in Rochester with Kodak point-and-shoot digital camera with a stack of filters. Will Barker, JML Optical

Corning Fairport employees with a homemade telescope by Josh Cobb

Optimax experimenting with lenses and other indirect viewing methods in Ontario New York.

Optimax used a telescope to project an image of the beautiful eclipse in Ontario New York.

Peter Emmel projecting the eclipsing Sun onto the RPO engineering lab floor in Rochester, NY, through one side of a pair of much-repaired 1936 German army field glasses made by Carl Zeiss, Jena.

Recent News - OSA Rochester Section

January 08, 2018 3:49 PM • Angshuman Deka
March 24, 2017 5:03 PM • Angshuman Deka
December 05, 2016 9:27 PM • Angshuman Deka

Upcoming events

March 27, 2018 6:30 PM • Rochester Institute of Technology
April 03, 2018 7:00 PM • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - East Lobby 240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623
April 10, 2018 7:00 PM • Laboratory for Laser Energetics - East Lobby 240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

OSA Rochester Section Newsletter

OSA Rochester Section sends out newsletters on occasion to keep our membership informed about our activities.  The most recent newsletter may be viewed and downloaded at the link below:

  Newsletters from previous months can be found in      the news section.

Educational Activities

The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.

Information on Joining

For information on how to join, please see our membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary

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