Reichert Zetopan?

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KB1FRO
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Reichert Zetopan?

#1 Post by KB1FRO » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:29 pm

I collect old lab equipment, mainly organic glassware. My old school gave me this scope as they were getting brand new stuff.

I did a little searching online and I think it's a Reichert Zetopan. It has an olympus light box that when plugged in, lights up the back and you can see through the optical lenses, but a small field of vision. I'm not very good with microscopes, let alone old ones, so I believe some aperature is closed somewhere.

There is also another light illuminator and one other piece to it but I didn't take pictures of those.

Wondering if it indeed is a Zetopan, thanks!

Here is a link to the Imgur gallery.

https://imgur.com/a/umTyF

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Re: Reichert Zetopan?

#2 Post by Hobbyst46 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:23 pm

This looks exactly like the Zetopan I used ages ago. I think it is a Zetopan. The Zetopan was reviewed along with another Reichert model in Microscopy-UK I think about 1-2 years ago. It is a fairly good microscope. I can't remember if it had finite or infinity corrected optics.
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Re: Reichert Zetopan?

#3 Post by charlie g » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:12 pm

Congrats, KB1FRo, on your venerable Zetopan. Please share the specs etched on it's sequence of objective lens-units, and the specs etched/printed on the occulars. I due notice: "Reichert/Wein" on one objective...yet the base is imprinted:"Reichert/Austria". Look for specs listed on the substage condenser.

An excellent forum: 'Microscope" in yahoo groups.com...well there is a photo alblum from "Frez" (was..may still be forum owner)..On his astounding 'near complete Zetopan modular systems...the variety of substage condensers, variety of objective and ocular components. Visit this yahoogroups forum: Microscope..you will find the components there which you may now be proud owner off.

Funny how in that Zetopans worklife...as the microscope-workhorse...well the Patho dept you were gifted this stand from..thought nothing of 'gouging dept ownership' on the elegant base of this elegant instrument...ouch!


I enjoy the baby cousin biological student Reichert/Austria microscope...the "Biozet". Please visit that photo alblum of Frez's Zetopan collection of systems.

Thanks for this interesting post. Charlie guevara

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Re: Reichert Zetopan?

#4 Post by Tom Jones » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:15 am

KB1FRO,

Definitely a Zetopan. Better yet, the Ph A (yellow band) objectives are Anoptral Phase Contrast :o . They're pretty rare, and should do quite nicely if you have a Zetopan phase condenser.

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Re: Reichert Zetopan?

#5 Post by photomicro » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:24 am

KB1FRO wrote:I collect old lab equipment, mainly organic glassware. My old school gave me this scope as they were getting brand new stuff.

I did a little searching online and I think it's a Reichert Zetopan. It has an olympus light box that when plugged in, lights up the back and you can see through the optical lenses, but a small field of vision. I'm not very good with microscopes, let alone old ones, so I believe some aperature is closed somewhere.

There is also another light illuminator and one other piece to it but I didn't take pictures of those.

Wondering if it indeed is a Zetopan, thanks!
It is actually the original Reichert lamp house, just being run from an Olympus PSU, so all is well there. Quite an involved lighting system, and so I think if you were to open all diaphragms, you would get a better field of view.

This was a Rolls-Royce of microscopes in its day. The level of engineering is fantastic. They don't make them like this anymore.

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Re: Reichert Zetopan?

#6 Post by Charles » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:53 am

Congratulations. Looks like a nice Zetopan. There are two levers on the top of the base near the focus knobs, one on either side, which controls where the light goes/comes from...epi or transmitted.

Here is a manual of the Zetopan:
http://www.science-info.net/docs/reichert/Zetopan1.pdf
http://www.science-info.net/docs/reichert/zetopan2.pdf

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