Microscopy - Equipment
**All unwanted microscope
or related equipment gratefully received**
For many years microscopy
has been a passion of mine. Wherever I had worked I always had
access to microscopes giving magnifications from 2x to over a
This interest, and
my subsequent move into the metallography field in later years
gave me a great opportunity to develop my skills in both areas
of microscopy and materials preparation. A slight change in career
took me into sales associated with materials preparation, microscopy,
and Digital Imaging. This now meant access to a microscope was
not so easy. With that in mind I began acquiring older instruments
which I could use at home.
The microscopes that
were readily available free of charge were the old Reichert MEF
systems. So this is what I started with. After a while I managed
to acquire a Zeiss Ultraphot, and decided these are what I would
like to use, so I gave my Reicherts away to good homes, and began
using Ultraphot 2 microscopes. I have since been lucky to be given
others and have now set up a bench at home for my own use.
Originally the microscope
bench housed 5 Ultraphots arranged for various illumination configurations.
Now due to space requirements in the study/lab, I am down to two
main system working in Brightfield-Polarised-Phase -Transmitted,
and the other in Brightfield-Darkfield-DIC - Reflected. I have
moved on some bits to good homes and exchanged other bits to supplement
the existing scopes. I still am short of a few objectives, but
I am slowly getting there.
I am again using the
Aquinto A4I docu package for digital imaging, and also have an
Olympus 35mm system.
The microscopy has
taken a little bit of a back seat recently as I have been concentrating
on getting the astronomy side together, but I have several plans
for the future
In addition to the
Ultraphots I also use a recently acquired Zeiss Tessovar for low
power imaging, and a small Meiji stereo which has no imaging facility,
but great for getting splinters out!
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