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    Grand Master sundial's Avatar
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    Budget price stereo microscopes

    http://www.usedmicroscopes.co.uk/bargains.html

    http://www.usedmicroscopes.co.uk/stereomicroscopes.html

    If considering purchase of a stereo microscope (useful for relaxed 3D examination of e.g. pivot holes) , Brunel Microscopes often has s/h and ex demo instruments. I bought a DM6 for my nephew and it's excellent .. has built-in incident illumination. It's battery powered … mains powered are a little more expensive.

    If you're not sure which specification might suit your needs, I'm happy to advise. Best to choose an instrument with built-in illumination.

    All the budget price modern stereo 'scopes are made in China but any Chinese models sold by Brunel are fine.

    http://www.usedmicroscopes.co.uk/vintage.html
    In the Vintage section, older British models are listed e.g. Vickers and Beck … also worth considering but might lack built-in illumination.

    Please don't confuse binocular compound microscopes with stereo models … stereo inspection models have a stereo objective lens(es) and are usually relatively low power i.e. 5x to 20x magnification

    Stock listings are updated frequently

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    Last edited by sundial; 27th March 2020 at 10:43.
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    That's interesting. I used to have two binocular microscopes. Both Victorian. One by Dancer, the other by Watson another London maker. They had fantastic lens quality. With polarisers.
    They are beautiful instruments.
    I also had loads of slides from The Challenger Expedition and micro photos of horrific battles from WW1.
    I sold them at Christies, had a clear out !
    I used a stereo microscope in Switzerland when adjusting horrible pallet stones. A job I hope to never have to do again !

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    Brunel microscopes are nice people to talk to and i used their microscopes for some time. Now though I use meiji stereo microscopes at work for oiling and checking oiling/escapement issues. Have it on an arm so it gets pushed back to the edge of the bench when not in use. With a focal reducer (0.5) to increase working distance so I can work while looking. I use 10x eye pieces for most work and 20x for serious detail (think coaxial). So at minimum 3.5x magnification up to 22.5x with the 10x eye pieces and 7x - 45x with the 20x eye pieces.

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