6A65.67 - Dragonfly Lens

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Dragonfly Lens
Multifaceted Lenses.
Area of Study:
Dragonfly glasses, dragonfly lens tubes.

Look through the lenses at any object to see a simulation of images that some insects see.  Also notice that when looking at the person wearing the glasses their eyeball is highly distorted.

  • Francisco Jose Tarcal-Milla, "Converging through the window", TPT, Vol. 61, #4, Apr. 2023, p. 319.
  • George M. Hopkins, "Light", Experimental Science, p. 203.
  • Jodi and Roy McCullough, "Introduction to Lenses with a Multiviewer", The Role of Toys in Teaching Physics", p. 3.26.
  • Jearl Walker, "6.117, Protuberances on Insect Eyes and Stealth Aircraft", The Flying Circus of Physics Ed. 2, p. 291.
  • #70, "Bug-Eyed", Janice VanCleave's 203 Icy, Freezing, Frosty, Cool, and Wild Experiments.

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