Macro rig

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Macro rig

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Here are few shots of the updated macro rig

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Rig material - Maytec and 8020 aluminum extrusions attached to the high density granite base. Microscope base - Swift, unknown model

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Microscope base came without illuminator - had to buy from the Ebay and mount using old 52mm UV filter ring

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1. 0.8 degree stepper motor what gives me approximately 1 micron per step (without changing settings on the stepper driver)
2. Flexible coupling

Thanks Rik for this whole mounting idea, very easy adjustment !

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1. Nikon PB-5
2. Foam gasket, keeps all optical setup from the wobbling
3. M42-F mount adapter
4. M42 extension ring with the Nikon MXA20696 tube lens
5. M42 extension ring
6. M42 focusing helicoid
7. Diaphragm made from the Surplus Shed SKU: M4182 iris diaphragm and couple adapter rings
8. M42-Mitutoyo adapter
9. Mitutoyo 10x

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Controls are based on the Crouzet Millenium II 12v PLC , stepper driver and couple relays to control the shutter.
LCD displays step size, step count and stacking status

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Connectors - stepper motor, shutter control and 12v power supply

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Post by Peter De Smidt »

Great looking setup!

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Post by ChrisR »

Good to see, thaks for sharing that.
More questions later, but is there a story behind
"2. Foam gasket, keeps all optical setup from the wobbling " ?

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Post by abpho »

Looks bad as5. :D Nice.
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Post by GemBro »

Fantastic ... love the use of the controller ...
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Post by canonian »

Thanks for sharing, very nice setup.

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Way kewl! :smt038

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Post by Saul »

ChrisR wrote: More questions later, but is there a story behind
"2. Foam gasket, keeps all optical setup from the wobbling " ?
M42-F mount adapter was not sitting well on the Nikon PB-5 (too loose), had to put something in between.

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Post by Saul »

Update again - received lever handles from Ebay, now bellows are sitting on the sliding bearing. Result - more room for the microscope base , now it is rotated 180 degrees. And it is easier to change bellow's head height. New flash brackets and arms.

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New and old stacking tables
New one is built from the Nikon Labophot/Optiphot leftovers. Old one - Swift microscope, suspect that it was M3500 model.
Nikon pros:
-rotatable table (big plus)
-now step is 0.5µm (without playing with stepper driver)
-flat table surface with stage (easier to place different diffusors over the specimen)
Cons:
-bulkier
-"famous" problem with fine adjustment gear

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Post by ChrisR »

Nice. Is the plate (with 14 holes) a stock item?

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Post by Saul »

Yes. Couple days ago I saw smaller version from 8020


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Post by ChrisR »

Got it. :)
Link to Linear Systems, Metric, pdf download, 3.3MB :
http://download.8020.net/2012_Product_C ... log_18.pdf

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Mitutoyo - Sigma Life-Size Attachment assembly

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Mitutoyo - Raynox assembly

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