Under the microscope

A couple of weeks ago Jeff KO7M wrote that he had acquired a binocular microscope for the workbench to enable him to work with SMT components. Although I have no particular desire to do SMT work at the moment I do have trouble with close-up work due to my eyes’ limited focal range and becoming very far-sighted. So I thought a binocular microscope would be a good addition to my workbench too.

Jeff wrote that his binocular microscope was not cheap and from the look of it I would imagine the cost ran well into three figures. The one I got was £30 from a firm that disposes of liquidated stock on eBay. I’m sure it isn’t as good as the one Jeff got but hopefully it will be useful. If not I can always start another hobby looking at plants and insects or growing bacteria!

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Under the microscope”

  • Glenn DJ0IQ:

    Hi Julian,

    I am sure you will enjoy it. I have a nice stereo version and I just bought a 10-600x color camera version for my PC. Only 25 Euros in the Aldi bargain bin. It works great for PCBs.

    – Glenn DJ0IQ and W9IQ

  • Matt W1MST:

    Hey Glenn, can you post a link where you bought it?

  • DJ0IQ and W9IQ:

    Hi Matt,

    Aldi is a discount grocery store in Germany that has center isles of unpredictable discount items each week. The chain exists in my home state of Wisconsin as well. Sorry, I don’t have a link for you.

    – Glenn DJ0IQ and W9IQ

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