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To get the best performance from your optics, you need to properly maintain them. The new book by Robert Schalck, The Proper Care of Optics ($43), details the best techniques used by professional opticians to clean, handle, and store precision optics. Written for a diverse audience, Schalck explores many ways to clean optics from a variety of time-tested sources and learned by trial and error. Topics include assembling your cleaning tools and preparing your work area; popular solvents and cleansing agents for restoring any optical element to its peak performance, including mirrors, lenses, and anti-reflection coatings; and proper cleaning methods for removing contaminants from CCD and CMOS sensors. SPIE Press, ISBN 978-0-8194-9457-3, paperback, 236 pages.
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