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(for food estimate – last minute walk-ins are completely welcome)

Ventura OSA


Co Presidents

Virginia Ford

Eric Ford


Vice President

Patrick Ford



John McDonald



Fred Houston



John Tardif


Arrangements Chair

Fred Houston



Ventura OSA (CVOSA) Announcement for

October 17, 2017  

(Please RSVP)


Make Optics and Sell Online

How hard can it be?


John McDonald


In 2012 I needed a USAF target that was considerably smaller than any commercially available. I figured with modern mask-making techniques it shouldn’t be too hard to make a 200nm bar width target and since they are small, I could make a large number of them. And we can sell them on Amazon. How hard can it be?

This talk is a narrative discussion of that still unfolding saga.

    Venue For Event

Advanced Spectral Technology, Inc.

94 W Cochran St Suite A

Simi Valley, CA 93065


GPS Lat/Lon: 34.282265, -118.799712

6:00p Mixing and Stand Up Dinner

7:00p Speaker


$20 donation on site (it is a donation

for food, insurance and venue. If you

need a no-food, student, old age or

other discount please give yourself one).


About the Speaker:

John has designed and fielded various optical instruments since 1981. In the 80’s and 90’s he designed thermal night vision equipment, with cross-hairs, for helicopters and armored vehicles. From the 90’s to 2010 John concentrated on exotic microscopes for semiconductor failure analysis. From 2010 and through this calendar year, John has been the R&D optics expert at Beckman Coulter for the Hematology and Urinalysis division.


 From Eric & Ginny



Here is a chance to find out what John has been up to!

The Ventura section of the Optical Society of America promotes optical science and optical engineering and facilitates communication and networking among optics professionals, students, and optics aficionados in the geography reaching roughly from Santa Barbara to Pasadena.

Upcoming dates:

  • November 14th – Ram Seshadri – LED Phosphors  
  • December 12th – Max Ramirez – 3D Stereo Zoom Microscope for Neurosurgery

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