# Stereo MircoScope or what ever scope.

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#### Jamie

Jan 1, 1970
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I'm looking into getting a good microscope
for bench work. I've decided it's time to upgrade
to something with a lot more zoom on it other than my
cheap over head boom arm 5x with light.
I've looked at stereo scopes that do up to 47x with
a boom arm that can be attached to the bench..

Can any of you offer any suggestion of what you maybe
using at the time ? I really don't want to break the bank
for something that I may only use once a month.
My eyes aren't that bad yet how ever, the scale of
components for things like hand held radio's are small.

I've even had to custom make some desoldering tips on
my lathe for some applications. My hot tweezers only work
for something's.
I still remember the last tip I made, 45 degree angle.
after drilling pump hole. I then squeezed the end to make it
wide and flat with out closing the hole! that was a trick.

With a little surface grinding it looked good, then
I plated it.

D

#### D from BC

Jan 1, 1970
0
I'm looking into getting a good microscope
for bench work. I've decided it's time to upgrade
to something with a lot more zoom on it other than my
cheap over head boom arm 5x with light.
I've looked at stereo scopes that do up to 47x with
a boom arm that can be attached to the bench..

Can any of you offer any suggestion of what you maybe
using at the time ? I really don't want to break the bank
for something that I may only use once a month.
My eyes aren't that bad yet how ever, the scale of
components for things like hand held radio's are small.

I've even had to custom make some desoldering tips on
my lathe for some applications. My hot tweezers only work
for something's.
I still remember the last tip I made, 45 degree angle.
after drilling pump hole. I then squeezed the end to make it
wide and flat with out closing the hole! that was a trick.

With a little surface grinding it looked good, then
I plated it.

Someday I'd like to try a digital video camara with a macro lens
connected to a computer.
D from BC

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#### Barry Lennox

Jan 1, 1970
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I'm looking into getting a good microscope
for bench work. I've decided it's time to upgrade
to something with a lot more zoom on it other than my
cheap over head boom arm 5x with light.
I've looked at stereo scopes that do up to 47x with
a boom arm that can be attached to the bench..

I picked up a used Swift "Stereo 80" It has only 2 preset views, 10x
and 20x. This is not too much of a problem, given it's low cost and

What is interesting is I can solder under it at 20x with no soldering
iron "jitter" the 20x magnification is included within the eye-hand
optical feedback loop. It's probably obvious, but I had never though

With a little surface grinding it looked good, then
I plated it.

Interesting, how did you do the plating?

Barry

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#### Christopher Ott

Jan 1, 1970
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D from BC said:
Someday I'd like to try a digital video camara with a macro lens
connected to a computer.
D from BC

Search Amazon.com for "Digital Blue QX3". This is actually a kids toy, but I
saw one demo'd at a store several years ago and immediately thought of using
it for rework and micro level photos. Never got up the energy to order one
and try it out. From the simplicity end, it's hard to beat. Even replacement
lenses for real microscopes are more expensive.

Chris

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#### D from BC

Jan 1, 1970
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Search Amazon.com for "Digital Blue QX3". This is actually a kids toy, but I
saw one demo'd at a store several years ago and immediately thought of using
it for rework and micro level photos. Never got up the energy to order one
and try it out. From the simplicity end, it's hard to beat. Even replacement
lenses for real microscopes are more expensive.

Chris

Yes..I'm also aware of the QX3..
But I like the digital camera idea more ..
1) A digital camera that can be used anywhere...vacation
footage..etc..
2) Digital camera quality will most likely exceed the QX3
3) I've been told used macro lens (Ebay) are cheap. (DIY attachment)

I like buying stuff that's good enough for multipurpose..
D from BC

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#### Michael A. Terrell

Jan 1, 1970
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Christopher said:
Search Amazon.com for "Digital Blue QX3". This is actually a kids toy, but I
saw one demo'd at a store several years ago and immediately thought of using
it for rework and micro level photos. Never got up the energy to order one
and try it out. From the simplicity end, it's hard to beat. Even replacement
lenses for real microscopes are more expensive.

Chris

AKA Intel Play QX3. Forget it, the software sucks. It doesn't do
real-time video, just a series of shots about a second apart. Quite
jumpy. The lenses are cheap plastic, and have too much distortion. I
have one that hasn't been used in five years. it can take 30 seconds to
focus the piece of junk, and there isn't enough clearance to solder
under the cheap plastic nosepiece. IOW, don't waste your money.
--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

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#### John Larkin

Jan 1, 1970
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I'm looking into getting a good microscope
for bench work. I've decided it's time to upgrade
to something with a lot more zoom on it other than my
cheap over head boom arm 5x with light.
I've looked at stereo scopes that do up to 47x with
a boom arm that can be attached to the bench..

Can any of you offer any suggestion of what you maybe
using at the time ? I really don't want to break the bank
for something that I may only use once a month.
My eyes aren't that bad yet how ever, the scale of
components for things like hand held radio's are small.

I've even had to custom make some desoldering tips on
my lathe for some applications. My hot tweezers only work
for something's.
I still remember the last tip I made, 45 degree angle.
after drilling pump hole. I then squeezed the end to make it
wide and flat with out closing the hole! that was a trick.

With a little surface grinding it looked good, then
I plated it.

Mantis. Expensive but fabulous optics, great to work under.

John

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#### Jamie

Jan 1, 1970
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Barry said:
I picked up a used Swift "Stereo 80" It has only 2 preset views, 10x
and 20x. This is not too much of a problem, given it's low cost and

What is interesting is I can solder under it at 20x with no soldering
iron "jitter" the 20x magnification is included within the eye-hand
optical feedback loop. It's probably obvious, but I had never though

Interesting, how did you do the plating?

Barry
I have a home made plating machine. I've got some
chemicals used in the plating process you just poor
in .
I use variable 12 volt supply, put the source of material
on the - probe and target on the + problem , then place them
in the fluid and slowly turn up the current until i can see
a small bubble action taking place.
The reaction causes the material to be removed and carried over
to the target.
what I got is left overs from a coin shop that use to be in
I remember years ago when I was a kid, I think I used a salt
solution or something, it's been a while.

P.S.
I use a glass bowl.. and I used nickel this last time as the plating
material for experimentation. It seems to work, the tip it self is made
from brass.

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#### [email protected]

Jan 1, 1970
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I'm looking into getting a good microscope
for bench work. I've decided it's time to upgrade
to something with a lot more zoom on it other than my
cheap over head boom arm 5x with light.
I've looked at stereo scopes that do up to 47x with
a boom arm that can be attached to the bench..

Can any of you offer any suggestion of what you maybe
using at the time ? I really don't want to break the bank
for something that I may only use once a month.
My eyes aren't that bad yet how ever, the scale of
components for things like hand held radio's are small.

I've even had to custom make some desoldering tips on
my lathe for some applications. My hot tweezers only work
for something's.
I still remember the last tip I made, 45 degree angle.
after drilling pump hole. I then squeezed the end to make it
wide and flat with out closing the hole! that was a trick.

With a little surface grinding it looked good, then
I plated it.

Baush and Lomb Stereo Zoom, easily purchased used. Get it with a heavy
table and long arm. About $300. I saw a decent one at the last Livermore swap meet, though I didn't inqure to the price since I already have one. I use the stereo zoom 3. I'm told the models with more magnification are not as well built inside, i.e. lots of plastic parts. While you can get a used scope relatively cheap, any replacement part you buy will be very expensive. Here is a Stereo Zoom 4 on ebay: <http://cgi.ebay.com/Bausch-lomb-stereo-zoom-4-0-7-X-3-x- Microscope_W0QQitemZ190118386601QQcmdZViewItem> I'd sure hate to pay freight on one of these beasts. If you can find it locally, you are much better off. Illuminators are pricey if purchased new. That is actually a decent deal. You could probably roll your own illuminator with white leds. You may want to consider a glass filter on the bottom if you are going to do soldering. This will keep gunk off the optics. The B&L scopes are designed for such a filter. J #### Jamie Jan 1, 1970 0 Baush and Lomb Stereo Zoom, easily purchased used. Get it with a heavy table and long arm. About$300. I saw a decent one at the last
Livermore swap meet, though I didn't inqure to the price since I

I use the stereo zoom 3. I'm told the models with more magnification
are not as well built inside, i.e. lots of plastic parts. While you
can get a used scope relatively cheap, any replacement part you buy
will be very expensive.

Here is a Stereo Zoom 4 on ebay:
<http://cgi.ebay.com/Bausch-lomb-stereo-zoom-4-0-7-X-3-x-
Microscope_W0QQitemZ190118386601QQcmdZViewItem>
I'd sure hate to pay freight on one of these beasts. If you can find
it locally, you are much better off.

Illuminators are pricey if purchased new. That is actually a decent
deal. You could probably roll your own illuminator with white leds.
You may want to consider a glass filter on the bottom if you are going
to do soldering. This will keep gunk off the optics. The B&L scopes
are designed for such a filter.
Thanks for the link how ever, It appears that Ebay is having problems.
The page is not responding at all at first, second attempt gives me an
error page from Ebay reporting the page or function i'm trying to
access is not working

oh well.

S

#### Steve

Jan 1, 1970
0
Baush and Lomb Stereo Zoom, easily purchased used. Get it with a heavy
table and long arm. About \$300. I saw a decent one at the last
Livermore swap meet, though I didn't inqure to the price since I

I use the stereo zoom 3. I'm told the models with more magnification
are not as well built inside, i.e. lots of plastic parts. While you
can get a used scope relatively cheap, any replacement part you buy
will be very expensive.

Here is a Stereo Zoom 4 on ebay:
<http://cgi.ebay.com/Bausch-lomb-stereo-zoom-4-0-7-X-3-x-
Microscope_W0QQitemZ190118386601QQcmdZViewItem>
I'd sure hate to pay freight on one of these beasts. If you can find
it locally, you are much better off.

Illuminators are pricey if purchased new. That is actually a decent
deal. You could probably roll your own illuminator with white leds.
You may want to consider a glass filter on the bottom if you are going
to do soldering. This will keep gunk off the optics. The B&L scopes
are designed for such a filter.
Jamie
I've been happy with my old SteroZoom 3 bought on ebay. Its 7 - 35X (with
the 10x ocular that seems to be most common). Plenty of range for small SMD
parts. I usually keep it toward the 7x end, only using the high power
occasionally. The long boom arm is a must. Mine is just weighted, not
clamped. Lets me put the base at the back of the bench instead of the front.
I don't think I'd like a clamp on the front of my bench.

Remember that the higher the power, the lower the depth of field, and the
closer the object has to be to the lens when it's focused. So if there are
tall components on the PCB, and you are focusing on solder pads on the
surface nearby, sometimes the tall parts can hit the scope when trying to
focus. I've encountered collisions working around connectors and vertical
POL power supplies, for instance. So I reduce magnification or angle the
board to focus - an inconvenience, but never a show stopper. If you look at
the cheap models coming out of China, I think you'll find that their working
distances are less than the better-made scopes. So this is something to
consider when comparing models.

Recently bought a 48-LED ring light on ebay. Got tired of waiting for a good
deal on a dual fiber. The LED is bright enough, and adjustable. Unlike the
fiber, you can't change the light angle, so you do get reflections off the
solder and components that you can't do much about. For instance, some IC
markings are unreadable unless I dim the light, but its OK for the amount I
use it.

Good luck,
Steve

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