Spectabit Optics LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MetroLaser Inc. located in Laguna Hills, California. Our mission is to develop and market transformative new technologies for digital aerooptic imaging, primarily using the schlieren effect. Our most popular product is the analog projection schlieren system, a compact and easy-to-operate camera system for imaging temperature and pressure differences in the air, but we have a number of new technologies for schlieren imaging in different applications. Schlieren imaging can be used for:

Observing thermal convection

Industrial and kitchen ventilation systems

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Thermal management problems

Air flow in refrigeration systems

Hot-air guns

Observing gas-species mixing

Leak detection and imaging

Mixing problems



Shock waves



Wing tip vortices



Gas expansion

Shock waves



Our schlieren imaging technologies can be fast, portable, sensitive, and easy to use. It used to be that a good schlieren system cost a fortune and took at least a couple highly-skilled engineers to set up and operate, but not anymore! Contact us about your application, and we'd be happy to assist you in finding a solution that fits your needs and your budget at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See schlieren videos produced with our products on our YouTube channel!