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cool subject stage of unknown origin

Post by nathanm »

I recently "found" this in a bunch of surplus stuff I had bought a few years ago. I assume it is some sort of an optical inspection rig for something, but I don't know what. I am curious if anybody else knows.

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The stage has dovetail slots for attaching other things to it. It has x-y and rotation.

In addition the microscope tilts back and forth about 15 degrees off of vertical

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My plan is to take the microscope off and replace it with the stage to my high magnification set up. I'll post pictures when it is done.
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Post by Troels »

Obvioulsy something round and flat is meant to be fixed to the big circle in the middle.
It could be a machine for very precise work on silicon wafers. Integrated circuits or solar wafers?
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The base shouts "Measurescope" -
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Post by nathanm »

Indeed some sort of measuring or inspecting makes sense.

The size of the stage, and the apparent low power of the objective suggest it is a machine tool inspection / measuring tool rather than semiconductor.

The stage is rather big by macro standards, but I sometimes shoot a small part of a larger thing that I don't want to cut up. It sure is nice having all those degrees of freedom, so I think it will work out well, but we shall see...
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Post by ChrisR »

What's the second eyepiece about? :-k
It doesn't look as though it would move to the axis?
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Post by Peter M. Macdonald »

This is a toolmaker's or machinist's microscope. They are used in precision engineering for measuring component sizes.

I have a large Leitz toolmaker's scope. It is a heavy beast of a thing. The base is a single lump of cast iron, about 11 mm thick. It took two of us to lift it from a trolley onto the top of a cabinet, but it makes for a great base for a stacking setup. All of those adjustments give you four directions of movement for positioning of the subject and also a way to rough in the vertical position of the stacking controller, such as a Stackshot. I have removed the head from my scope and replaced it with a hardwood board. The board has two Arca style clamps bolted to it. It is then very easy to mount the Stackshot very firmly.

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