what a beautiful heavyweight. Nice complement of objectives too. What does that actually weigh?
The microscope is around 30 kg and the transformer weighs about 10-15 kg. Moving it around requires a bit of effort for sure.
I haven't tried it but I think that the top port is like the head of a basic Zeiss Standard so you could put an inclined mono tube there, a 10x KPL eyepiece for glasses-wearer, a pancake (flat design) camera lens and a camera.
You can redirect all of the light (or 50%) through the top port and I have an inclined mono tube + the 10x Kpl eyepiece. What would be the intermediate element connecting the eyepiece to the camera lens?
Here are a couple of phase contrast images of a spirochete and a ciliate from a soil sample. The background appears grainy probably due to the light diminutive nature of phase contrast. Bright objects on the other hand appear fine.
File comment: Soil spirochete, 40x/0.75 Ph Neofluar, 1.6x Optovar
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File comment: Soil ciliate, 40x/0.75 Ph Neofluar, 1.25x Optovar
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