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How-To:  Take Schlieren photographs at home
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My post last week about shadowgraphy and Schlieren photography generated a lot of enthusiastic responses and not a few requests for a more detailed tutorial. Among the comments was one by Ian Smith, who has a great page here describing his own Schlieren photography set-up. (While you’re there, take a moment to appreciate the fact that Ian’s URL is “www.ian.org”….think he’s been around the ‘net awhile?) Thanks again, Ian!

4 thoughts on “How-To: Take Schlieren photographs at home

  1. Thanks for the update! Will def. bookmark and refer back to this once I salvage some parabolic mirror for cheap….and find a place large enough to setup this rig.

  2. Nice picture! I have a homemade Schlieren setup that I built from stuff I got at garage sales and for free. Its not that hard to do at home if you have patience and can get a good quality parabolic (or spherical) mirror. I encourage anyone interested to try this kind of photography. If you have any questions about it let me know and I’ll be happy to tyr and help you!
    Otto

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