The Wait is over - Zeiss Axiostar Plus arrived
Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:50 PM
The UPS Paid me a visit. My second Hand ( Refurbished?) Carl Zeiss Axiostar Plus has Arrived today.
The big Fat Box (very appetizing)
Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:55 PM
On close inspection you can see the camera hanging free in the polyethylene with nothing to secure it.
My blood pressure increases to 170/110.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:09 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:22 PM
I shared your senses of excitement, anxiety, shock and relief through this well illustrated report.
That has to be the poorest example of packaging I've ever seen.
What WAS the packer thinking about, I wonder?
Good luck with the remainder of this adventure!
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:24 PM
here's a picky of the eyepiece that came appart.
Upon closer look it turns out that the "famous High Quality occulars from Carl Zeiss" are made of black plastic !!! - at the price these things go for, I would have expected gold plated titanium parts at the least. The plastic barrel of the eyepiece was badly cross-threaded and was therefore not properly held in the female thread of the lens housing. on top of that it took me about 10 minutes to figure out the correct order of placing the lens and spacer ring back into the lens housing. I somehow managed to put the eyepiece back together, but the barrel kinda freely rotates within the lens housing and may fall apart again at any time. It looks like I will have to glue the plastic parts together permanently because the thread on the barrel is practically destroyed and wouldn't hold the darn thing together.
What a bummer.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:33 PM
here is a look at the turret
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:34 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:38 PM
Here is a top view of the objectives
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:53 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:58 PM
So far no major disaster with the glass, but this remains to be seen so I'll hold judgment on them until I clean them and inspect them more carefully.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:03 PM
here are pickies of the lower iris housing of the Kohler illumination. ( If you had any doubts, its made from the famous Carl Zeiss brand of black plastic - Yuck ! )
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:10 PM
here is a closeup of the table
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:28 PM
I further notice I see that the entire body of the condenser is coated with some sticky gooey oily substance. Someone apparently tried to service the condenser and possibly relubed it- but the job was very sloppy and lots of the oil has gotten on the outside and made the entire lower part of the condenser sticky. On top of this sloppy job, When I checked out the iris control lever I noticed that the lever used to control iris aperture is seriously bent and the thin metal part defining the upper side of the slot within which the lever moves is bent upwards in the middle part. This caused the iris leaves to pucker up at the end of the lever's travel (the end which minimizes aperture). When the lever was moved to that position, the entire iris stopped being flat and planar and developed a concave shape like a small volcano cone !
I managed to fixe this somehow by bending the renegade bent part back into shape, and straitening the flimsy thin lever (Guess what ?? the lever was made from metal but was very thin and is very easily bent) which resulted in restoring the proper planar shape of the iris even at minimum aperture.
However, It is exactly after fixing this problem and seeing how cheaply engineered and badly executed this plastic condenser is, that it dawned on me "this is not your father's Carl Zeiss !"
Having said that, I looked at the back side of the microscope. Here's a picture of it
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:30 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:37 PM
I was surprised, How come I didn't know the Zeiss family moved to Mexico !
Well, to be honest the *?#$%* condenser indeed looked like a Mexican designed and executed part - Mistry solved !
I am shure a German designer would have definitely committed Harakiri if he was accused of designing the condenser.
OTOH, they do make fine Tequila. - In Mexico, I mean not in Shtutgart or Munchen.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:42 PM
here it is, the old trusty PL-A662 PixeLink CMOS camera. Externally it looks OK if somwhat dirty. it features two 6 Pin Firewire female sockets on the side.
here it is straddling the "Tri" part of the Trinocular
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:51 PM
This was one of my main worries, because the seller said the camera wasn't tested because he didn't have a firewire cable, Duh!
As I did not have any microscope glass slides or cover slips I improvised some quasi-Slide from a piece of laminated plastic and tried some captures using the X10 plan objective.
here are the results
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:57 PM
So this is neat because Once I figure out how to properly use the software I may be able to do single frames as well as videos and time lapse microphotography.
Here is another closeup of the screen. The pink and blue stripes are black and blue marker's that were painted on my improvised plastic "slide) seen up close.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:59 PM