This project was featured on Hackaday on February 20, 2013.
This project was born out of necessity, after purchasing a used stereo zoom microscope for my electronics lab bench that did not include a stand. In my typical style, I went a bit over-the-top with the build, and ended up with something that is seriously over-built, but pretty cool looking. The stand allows gross vertical height adjustment up to 12″ from the table surface, via a hand knob located on the rear of the clamp that mounts to the vertical component. The arm that extends out from the vertical part is articulated, allowing easy positioning of the microscope over the work piece, as well as allowing the microscope head to be tucked away when not in use.
This project involved manual and CNC machining, some welding, and ultimately was the reason I got into powder coating as well.
- AZIZ! Light! Posted on: March 30, 2013
In an earlier post back at the beginning of this month, I described the beginnings of my DIY microscope illuminator project, dubbed Project AZIZ. At that point I had just sent the PCB off to OSHPark for fabrication. I’m happy to report that in the weeks since, I not only received the boards back, but ...read more
- More Microscope Hacking: Camera Output! Posted on: March 10, 2013
Apparently hacking around with my microscope has turned into something of an obsession. The other day, I wondered if I could easily add a camera output to my microscope. I had a tiny composite video security camera lying around in my parts bin, and somewhat by accident also had a collection of C-mount lenses that ...read more
- Project Aziz Posted on: March 3, 2013
My recent acquisition of a stereo microscope for the electronics lab has brought about a couple of side-projects. One of them is the custom boom stand that I built a couple of weeks ago. Another is this custom LED ring light, which I’ve dubbed Project Aziz (named after the poor kid holding the mirror from ...read more
- Epic Builds: Articulated Stereo Microscope Arm Posted on: February 19, 2013
I’ve wanted a stereo microscope in my home lab for ages. In the last couple of years, it’s become an increasingly urgent need as I’ve hit the age where my eyesight is beginning to change. Soldering and inspecting fine-pitch SMD work is becoming difficult without the aid of magnification. So, I finally picked up a ...read more