Good microscope for electronics work on ebay

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At the moment, there is a trinocular Nikon SMZ-2T with a dual-arm boom stand, for sale on ebay, at a reasonable price, from all indications, a reputable seller. It includes a ring light and should just need an 0.5X or 0.7X auxiliary lens (which you can also get off ebay) to become an excellent microscope for SMD work.

 

The microscope is from the 1980s and was built to last. It is much more solidly built than the great majority of 'scopes you can buy from the "big four", and far better made than anything out of China. My father has one which he has heavily used for decades – that I fully expect to use when he is done with it, and I expect the next generation will use after I am gone.

 

Being 30-35 years old, it may need some cleaning and lubrication. If you can budget, say, another $150-400 for that, you will have a really good microscope that will likely outlast you.

 

Anyway, I thought I would mention it.

 

- John

Last Edited: Fri. Aug 3, 2018 - 12:04 PM
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Mention it? Sounds like you are the seller.

Jim

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Sorry about that. Several things from the last few months came to mind as I wrote the post that fed my enthusiasm about the old microscope. I will try to be more careful, since enthusiasm has become somewhat suspect: it seems everyone is trying to sell you something. :(

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- John

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Don't worry about it. Nothing wrong with enthusiasm

Jim

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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I spotted one at a pawn shop about 20 years ago and picked it up for $75.

My daughter has confiscated it to use for repairing phones!

I dare say it will be around longer than I will...

David (aka frog_jr)

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Here is the objective of a contemporary, Wild stereo microscope, showing the chips and scratches from three decades inspecting chip-on-board bonds for a German automotive OEM:

 

A 30+ year old objective

 

The company I sent it to for service, said the microscope was still in its original alignment and just needed to have its binocular tube prisms cleaned. (I believe someone added the wrong grease inside one of the eyepieces, and that slowly fogged the prisms.)

 

They don't make microscopes like they used to.

 

- John