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#1 Jethro777

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:01 AM

It is in Australia, not that that means much.. :)

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:02 AM

Is it a good one to learn?

What would it let me explore, what are it’s limitations? 


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:45 AM

Looks like a olympus to me .

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:49 AM

The stand is very much like a Zeiss Jena Laboval 3.

 

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#5 Microscopy

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Posted Yesterday, 04:59 AM

It's an Olympus CH clone, probably made in China or India.



#6 Jethro777

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Posted Yesterday, 06:06 AM

Yes. 

I think you got it.  



#7 Microscopy

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Posted Yesterday, 07:32 PM

Is it a good one to learn?

What would it let me explore, what are it’s limitations? 

Those are difficult questions... It all depends on how much effort the maker has put in manufacturing this microscope...

I have a few original Olympus CH©'s (not to be confused with the later CH2-series!) and they're pretty good microscopes.

If it's a truthfull CH-clone, it should be possible to use (second-hand) Olympus parts and parts for Olympus CH, manufactured by several after-market manufacturers.

 

Judging from your picture, that microscope is probably equipped with 4/10/40 achromats. If it's any good it should have a focusable (and preferably centerable) condenser with an N.A. of at least 0.70, or 0.90 - 1.25 if you would like to use an oil immersion objective 100/1.25 (which is not to be recommended for unexperienced users).

 

It has a build-in illuminator not permitting Köhler illumination, but that shouldn't be much of a problem, at least not for a first microscope (microscopists have their own version of the "aperture fever" of astronomers...).

This is the type of microscope one sees here in pretty much every high school biology lab/classroom, so anything in the high school biology curriculum should be explorable.




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