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Cactusdave



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Location: Bromley, Kent, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:31 pm    Post subject: Hallo from Kent, England Reply with quote

I am an ex-professional microscopist living near London in the UK. I have three microscopes; a black Leitz Ortholux 1 for which I have brightfield and also the Ultropak incident light accessory; a Zeiss Standard 12 with phase condenser and a set of phase neofluars. This microscope sadly is only a binocular and I could do with a trinocular head. I also have a big old beast of a Nikon Diaphot 200 inverted which has the LWD condenser with X10 and X40 DIC and X20 phase plus the appropriate Nikon objectives. I also have a couple of stereos; a Nikon SMZ 1 that needs a stand and a Leica stereozoom 2000 that unfortunately is the version with fixed 'student-proof' eyepieces. A bad Ebay purchase through not having done my homework Embarassed . I have a couple of Canon DSLRs, a 40D and 400D which I use for bird and wild life photography as well as photomicrography, and also a Canon G9 which is used mostly on the microscopes. I am a member of the Quekett microscopical society in the UK and am interested in macrophotography as well as photomicrography. I am interested in freshwater microscopy and diatoms as well as classic Victorian mounts. David
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, David!

I see that I managed to overlook greeting you on your first posts, over in Equipment. Embarassed

Sorry about that -- we usually try to be friendly even when we're standing around not knowing what else to say!

Of course we're happy to have you aboard, and looking forward to seeing some images from that interesting collection of gear you have. Very Happy

--Rik
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Cyclops



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Location: North East of England

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A belated welcome Dave,so how many cacti do you have?
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Cactusdave



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Location: Bromley, Kent, UK

PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really rather a lot I'm afraid. A 10X8 greenhouse packed to the eaves!
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Planapo



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Location: Germany, in the United States of Europe

PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome David!

I see you use a Leitz Ortholux 1 and have experience with microscopes. As it happens an Ortholux 1 stand with fine and coarse focus fell into my hands some time ago and unlike with my heirloom Dialux 1 where fine and coarse focus are built into the stand, it seems to me that on the Ortholux 1 the fine and coarse focus are in a seperate block that is mounted onto the stand itself. Now, do you happen to know if this focus block of the Ortholux 1 can be dismounted and will then still be working as a stand-alone device and thus could be used for another set-up? If so, do you know which bolts have to be loosened to take off the focus block ?

Thanks in advance.

--Betty
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Cactusdave



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I have an Ortholux 1 microscope. A fine old 'scope. I believe that the focus block can be removed and it looks as though that would be possible on my stand. I have no experience of trying to remove it myself. Manuals for the Ortholux 1 are available on the web and might be helpful in working out how easy this is. Sorry not to be more specific; though I love microscopes I would the first to admit my lack of technical skill.
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Cyclops



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cactusdave wrote:
Really rather a lot I'm afraid. A 10X8 greenhouse packed to the eaves!

envious!
I've had two greenhouses, filled with C&S. Unfortunately both were destroyed by the strong winds so I gave up!
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