AZIZ! Light! 24

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 ...

More Microscope Hacking: Camera Output!

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 ...

Project Aziz 3

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 ...

Epic Builds: Articulated Stereo Microscope Arm 2

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 ...