View Full Version : Yesterdays quick project, Microscope stand

09-20-2010, 12:02 AM
Ive had this Zeiss OPMI 1 microscope sitting around for about a year and a half now and finally made a base to hold it. It came off an old Summit LASIK machine and had a special base mount that was a kind of adjustable plate. Took that and machined it down to a strip and machined about half the diameter out of a piece of 1" chrome plated steel rod from an old air cylinder. Couple 1/4 bolts hold the two together. The upright was made from another piece of the rod and the base was from an old PRI robot. I used one of the FOBA clamps from my photography kit.

Its a real nice scope to have. It has a long working distance from the objective to the work so you have room for hands.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5006574251_29b227e0a9_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5006574251/)
Zeiss OPMI 1 microscope (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5006574251/) by macona (http://www.flickr.com/people/67292116@N00/), on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5006576751_251edb667a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5006576751/)
Zeiss OPMI 1 microscope (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5006576751/) by macona (http://www.flickr.com/people/67292116@N00/), on Flickr

09-20-2010, 12:33 AM
Tidy job.

Nice piece of kit !


09-20-2010, 07:00 AM
Nice work!

Unfortunately, you've wasted your time. Those Zeiss optical products are inferior and you'll be advised to dispose of it and get a Chinese one. I'll go out on a limb here for you and offer to dispose of the Zeiss. I'll even pay shipping so you won't feel so bad. :D

09-20-2010, 08:10 AM
You're serious about how you set up up your billiard shots, eh?

Your Old Dog
09-20-2010, 08:13 AM
That's a sweet setup. I have a Baush & Lomb but no comparison in quality!

09-20-2010, 08:17 AM
That makes for a really nice setup, now that it's done, makes you wonder why you waited so long to complete doesn't it?

09-20-2010, 09:46 AM
I have a similar setup.

I use it more for taking out slivers than anything else.

It makes a fine metal sliver look like a utility pole.:D


Paul Alciatore
09-20-2010, 09:50 AM
Neat and inspirational. I also have a Baush & Lomb zoom microscope that has an arkward three leg stand. I would love to have a better base for it. There goes another project on the list. I need to live to at least 1100 years old. And that does not include any time for this BB.

09-20-2010, 11:13 AM
Just give up sleeping Paul. It works for me. :rolleyes: :cool:

Nice mscope you have there Macona. There is a tidy bit of free software to use with it for micrometry, available here:


09-20-2010, 11:44 AM
Very nice job - but what a hell of a nice photo. How'd you do that?

09-20-2010, 12:30 PM
I noticed the depth of field as well. There is some interesting software available that combines several photos taken at different focal length to give what appears infinite depth of field. It merges only the portions with sharp edges to make the final image.

Here it is:


And here is the open source version. It even does movies.


09-20-2010, 03:44 PM
Evan, thanks for the link.

DP, Evan, the camera in question is my iPhone 4. I did use the new built in HDR mode to even out the exposure but that has nothing to do with the DOF. Its just it's tiny lens.

09-20-2010, 10:34 PM
Here are a couple microphotographs I made putting my iphone to the eyepiece. Got some funny distortions but it seems to work. Click on the pics and you can go see the full res versions. They are portions of CCD made by SITe/Pixelvision. These are industrial type sensor for scientific imaging for telescopes, microscopes, etc.

This pic is a section out of a 6" wafer of 1024x1024. In a few different spots they have smaller sensors and test areas. Top of the image is one of the 1024 sensors, the bottom is something else.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/5009998409_bf8d4029d4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5009998409/)
SITe ccd (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5009998409/) by macona (http://www.flickr.com/people/67292116@N00/), on Flickr

This is the corner of one of the mounted 1024x1024 mounted sensors.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5010605710_9c1f313903_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5010605710/)
SITe ccd (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/5010605710/) by macona (http://www.flickr.com/people/67292116@N00/), on Flickr