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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:42 am 
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Dear fellow microscopists,

I have a strain-free objective for polarization microscopy and it has the interesting property that I can rotate the objective by twisting the two rings (blue and red dot on the image). The rotation causes lateral displacement of the field of view. Could someone fill me in on whats the purpose of this rotation?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:14 am 
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Wes,

I would assume that it's a 'self-contained' centring device, comprising two eccentrics.
... An alternative to the centring nosepiece arrangements.

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http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artsep08/gm-student_pol.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:51 am 
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Here is a link (curiously by the same author) that mentions the issue, with the added bonus of a How to repair a Pol Objective instructions.

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... polar.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:09 pm 
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Thanks MichaelG and 75RR. If I understand correctly the idea is that you use these rings to align the center of the rotary stages used in polarization microscopes with the center of FOV so that one can carefully analyze a sample without having it shifted out of view upon rotating the stage.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:49 pm 
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Correct, Wes

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:22 pm 
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MichaelG. wrote:
Correct, Wes

Noting that, when full adjustments are available; any or all of them might be used, to align the various components [eyepiece, Bertrand lens, objective, stage, condenser, diaphragm] on a common axis.

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Oops ... that was meant to be an edit, not a quote :oops:

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