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Re: Can anyone help me identify a microscope?

Post by FLYcrash on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:53 am

Hi Allen,

Check eBay. They have all manner of used microscopes, including AO Spencer models. It may take patience to find the exact model, but if you are flexible in that regard you could start bidding on vintage microscopes right away.

Re: Can anyone help me identify a microscope?

Post by Allen on Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:25 am

OK - I found it, after looking through a few hundred photos in a Google image search for "stereo microscope." It was an AO Spencer 28 LF or LG.

Can anyone recommend where I'd find another one to buy? They seem to be rare these days.
Can anyone recommend a replacement scope of similar quality & utility? I see there are many on the market, but I don't know much about quality aside from AO, Olympus, Leitz/Leica, Nikon...
I'd especially love to have a vintage scope again; I like the aesthetics & heft & all-metal construction of older optical instruments.

Thanks, in advance, for any advice you can offer.


Can anyone help me identify a microscope?

Post by Allen on Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:35 pm

Hi -

A friend borrowed my stereo microscope a few years ago, and later I went on sabbatical, and eventually I asked for it back. He loaned it to his son, who "lost" it. He'd like to replace it, but I want to be fair about its value so I'd like to identify the lost scope's make & model to try to assess its value. (I bought it for much less that its replacement value, so my purchase price is not a useful point of reference.) I've looked at hundreds of photos of dissecting scopes online, and I've not yet seen one that looks like mine, so I'm hoping that it's somewhat unique and therefore easy to identify if I find someone who knows it!

Basics: Gray, stereo dissecting scope from the 50s or later (I guess). Three objective turret. Nice optics: very sharp & bright viewing. No plastic parts except for black adjustment knobs.

Distinguishing features:
1) Head rotates 360º
2) Stage separate from base
3) Stage moves up/down independent of head
4) Head mounted on an articulated arm so it can be moved horizontally in both axes

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thanks!