ZEMAX Ideal Lens Simulation

I’m being asked to recreate the optical train as ideal lenses instead of the lenses I took out of the catalog, so I’m a little confused about that. I realize that ideal lenses just assume no abberations and things, but I’m not sure how to model that per se in ZEMAX. Can anyone maybe explain to me how you differentiate the “real world” and “ideal” lenses in non sequential mode of ZEMAX.


Look at “Paraxial Lenses” in the manual. It sounds like that is what you are looking for.

Above is a snippet.

Who knew?

It’s not something that I think I’m likely to do myself, but I have met people (amateur astronomers) who have built optical trains for telescopes themselves, from scratch. This modeling system is however intended for lasers and multispectral photography.