I am trying to reflect as much light from a device as possible into a camera located 90* off angle from the light source. Currently I'm using a standard flat mirror placed 45* from the part and camera.
It seems like an off-angle parabolic mirror would help gather more light that typically would be missing the camera lens and direct it there. Before I spend 1k on an off-angle parabolic mirror, I would like to test it out on a non off-angle parabolic mirror... Basically a cheap parabolic/concave mirror from Amazon.
Will I be able to use a standard parabolic mirror with degraded results off axis? Or will I be worse off / unable to focus the light correctly?
This image shows the test setup I would like to use a non off-angle mirror with.
The image below shows my ideal setup, except I would be using a 90* off-angle instead of the ~40* off-angle shown. I would have a camera at the focal point.
UPDATE: I have ordered the cheap mirror, and will see how it works. Has anyone used an off-axis parabolic mirror before to confirm my assumption of gathering more light / photons from the source object will work and still generate an accurate image?