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Tables for Crystallography Volume C Mathematical, physical and chemical tables Edited by E. Prince © International Union of Crystallography 2006 
International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 2.2, pp. 3435

Weissenberg geometry (Weissenberg, 1924) is dealt with in the books by Buerger (1942) and Woolfson (1970), for example.
The conventional Weissenberg method uses a moving film in conjunction with the rotation of the crystal and a layerline screen. This allows:
The Weissenberg method is not widely used now. In smallmolecule crystallography, quantitative data collection is usually performed by means of a diffractometer.
Weissenberg geometry has been revived as a method for macromolecular data collection (Sakabe, 1983, 1991), exploiting monochromatized synchrotron radiation and the image plate as detector. Here the method is used without a layerline screen where the total rotation angle is limited to ; this is a significant increase over the rotation method with a stationary film. The use of this effectively avoids the presence of partial reflections and reduces the total number of exposures required. Provided the Weissenberg camera has a large radius, the Xray background accumulated over a single spot is actually not serious. This is because the Xray background decreases approximately according to the inverse square of the distance from the crystal to the detector.
The following Subsections 2.2.4.2 and 2.2.4.3 describe the standard situation where a layerline screen is used.
Normalbeam geometry (i.e. the Xray beam perpendicular to the rotation axis) is used to record zerolayer photographs. The film is held in a cylindrical cassette coaxial with the rotation axis. The centre of the gap in a screen is set to coincide with the zerolayer plane. The coordinate of a spot on the film measured parallel () and perpendicular () to the rotation axis is given by where is the rotation angle of the crystal from its initial setting, f is the coupling constant, which is the ratio of the crystal rotation angle divided by the film cassette translation distance, in ° min^{−1}, and D is the camera radius. Generally, the values of f and D are 2° min^{−1} and 28.65 mm, respectively.
Upperlayer photographs are usually recorded in equiinclination geometry [i.e. μ = −ν in equations (2.2.3.7) and (2.2.3.8)]. The Xraybeam direction is made coincident with the generator of the cone of the diffracted beam for the layer concerned, so that the incident and diffracted beams make equal angles (μ) with the equatorial plane, where The screen has to be moved by an amount where s is the screen radius. If the cassette is held in the same position as the zerolayer photograph, then reflections produced by the same orientation of the crystal will be displaced relative to the zerolayer photograph. This effect can be eliminated by initial translation of the cassette by .
References
Buerger, M. J. (1942). Xray crystallography. New York: John Wiley.Sakabe, N. (1983). A focusing Weissenberg camera with multilayerline screens for macromolecular crystallography. J. Appl. Cryst. 16, 542–547.
Sakabe, N. (1991). Xray diffraction data collection systems for modern protein crystallography with a Weissenberg camera and an imaging plate using synchrotron radiation. Nucl. Instrum. Methods, A303, 448–463.
Weissenberg, K. (1924). Ein neues Röntgengoniometer. Z. Phys. 23, 229–238.
Woolfson, M. M. (1970). Introduction to Xray crystallography. Cambridge University Press.