Opticast was incorporated in September 1996 by Dr. David Drummond, the developer of the Opticast molding process (U.S. patent number 5,043,106). Dr. Drummond received his PhD. from the University of Colorado Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) in 1973. From 1973 to 1983, he did research in the field of high energy lasers at the Laser Division of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has published numerous papers in the fields of optics, molecular spectroscopy, and high energy lasers. From 1984 to 1995, he developed the Opticast process for Drummond Scientific Co.
The Opticast patent is licensed from Drummond Scientific Company, P.O. box 700, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008-4293. In addition to the Opticast facilities in Albuquerque, the extensive manufacturing facilities of Drummond Scientific are available for large volume production if necessary. Drummond Scientific has been a manufacturer of fine laboratory equipment for over forty years.
The initial products developed by Opticast are intended primarily for the amateur astronomy market. Mirrors for four inch and six inch f-4 Newtonian telescopes are available off the shelf. Eight inch f-4.5 mirrors are available on request with a six week wait. A line of small aspheric laboratory optics will be introduced in 2002, starting with a two inch diameter f-2 paraboloidal mirror which is currently in stock.
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