A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Bill Morris
Date: 2018 Nov 22, 11:53 -0800
You write that anti reflective coatings attenuate the light transmitted through a lens. You may like to reflect on the following.
Around 8 to 10 percent of light may be lost by reflection at the surfaces of a lens, depending on the angle of incidence and the refractive index of the glass, and in a two lens system, the transmission losses may exceed 20 percent. The corresponding loss of brightness would not be perceptable (we can just about perceive a halving of brightness), but it would result in a disproportionate loss of contrast, important for example when there is poor contrast at the horizon.
Some of the light reflected by one surface may be reflected at a second, with a net result that it is returned in its original direction. But there is no guarantee that it will come to the same focus as the light that has not been reflected, resulting in ghost images. If it arrives nowhere near an image plane, it introduces diffuse illumination called flare.
The coating on the SNO-T lenses appears to be purplish blue in reflected light and reduces the co-efficent of reflection to around one percent for visual work in daylight.