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Archive for November 18th, 2011

SX230HS Adapter: Microscope Snout

The microscope eyepiece adapter was easy enough: a cone with a cylinder punched out of it:

Microscope eyepiece adapter - front view

Microscope eyepiece adapter - front view

The thin part of the tip is four threads wide around the eyepiece OD, which makes for good fill.

The bottom has the usual four alignment pin holes:

Microscope eyepiece adapter - bottom view

Microscope eyepiece adapter - bottom view

The main tube opening ID is equal to the diameter of the flat rim around the microscope eyepiece, which provides a positive stop with plenty of surface area.

It looks about like you’d expect on the microscope, with the LED ring light from Planet Barbie around the objective lenses:

SX230HS on microscope

SX230HS on microscope

The lowest magnification is much higher than I expected; it’s about 2.5 mm across. This is a 1206 SMD resistor:

Microscope adapter - minimum magnification

Microscope adapter - minimum magnification

The highest magnification shows details of a laser etched numeral:

Microscope adapter - maximum magnification

Microscope adapter - maximum magnification

The alignment obviously isn’t up to par and I think the exposure needs some work. All in all, though, it’s usable as-is.

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