Focus block on ebay

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Focus block on ebay

Post by ChrisR »

I have one of these from ebay

I believe it's an Olympus BH focus block as seen eg here

The small divisions are 2 micrometer(2 micron) movement.
I notice it's grey instead of pale mustard colour, which may give a clue to someone.

Edit... :oops: 2 not 1
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Post by augusthouse »

Yep,

That's a BHMJ focus block.

I'm still confused about the 1 micron division. The manual indicates 2 microns per division? We have discussed that matter before; but I can't recall the conclusion....

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Post by ChrisR »

I believe some have 100 divisions, this one has 200, per rev. It's the same "knob" as on an Oly CH. With glasses on you could manage say quarter micron steps.
Small difference, there's no clamp on what would be the right hand side of the microscope.
It does have 3 grub screws to adjust the lateral squeeze on the ball-slide though.
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Post by augusthouse »

The focus block on eBay went for a respectable amount. USD $305.00.
A similar item, previously sold by the same seller, went for approx. USD$159.00.
I've always associated the gun-metal grey to earlier versions; the beige versions coming into to vogue in more recent times.

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Post by Planapo »

Could anyone of you who's got such a block at hand, tell me how much travel (preferably in mm) its fine focus provides?

Thanks!

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Post by JB »

Perhaps the confusion about 1 or 2 microns division comes from the fact, that the numbering on the BHMJ focus block gives the illusion of 200 divisions - but actually there is only 100...

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Post by ChrisR »

Jörn, are you telling me I can't count ???

That would be silly

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OOOOOOPS!!:smt100

Somebody somewhere said 1 micron, and it stuck. Well spotted!


Betty - it's the full travel, of approx 30mm. The fine knob drives the coarse one, rather than a separate mechanism like some microscopes.
(I had to use my toes and borry my wife's fingers for that one)

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Chris
Somebody somewhere said 1 micron, and it stuck. Well spotted!
Yeah, that could've been me. :oops: But it was quickly corrected to say that is was calibrated in microns... two microns per "tick"

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Post by rjlittlefield »

The labels on these things get pretty confusing. My CH, also giving 200 microns per turn, is labeled by 20's with 8 ticks between, so 2.5 microns per tick. :?

On quick glance it looks just like ChrisR's, but on careful count there are only 4 intervals in each smallest group instead of 5.

Betty, the total stage travel on my CH is just over 30 mm. It can move that whole distance with the fine focus knob, given enough patience to make 150 turns.

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Post by Planapo »

Thanks guys, for your replies with the data on the travel of the various Oly focus blocks.
I want to apologize for my late thanks. Family "business" got in the way, and hence I am very short of time lately and lost the thread.
But a friendly member's PM has reminded me of it. :D

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Post by augusthouse »

There's another one out there....

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