The polariser of the BH2-UCD and U-UCD is built in (ie cannot be swung out) and there are no options for the oil immersion top.Antartica wrote: ↑Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:14 amthanks pete. I did see that but I'm trying to stay with the Olympus Bh2 bhs. I really like the simplicity of it and its performance/price point. Also, I know I'm being petty, but I really don't like the stand of the BX40PeteM wrote: ↑Wed Nov 16, 2022 11:36 pmFWIW, the Ebay BX40 with a DIC nosepiece I PM'd you about, sold for under $1K. Someone managed a great scope at a low price - just the DIC nosepiece typically runs around $500 and the DIC nosepiece adapter another $300. With other components, currently available on Ebay etc., a complete BX40 DIC system could have been in the mid to upper $4K range.
It might also be that the complete $4K BH2 system noted above (maybe $4500 or so with tax and shipping) would be about as good as the price gets - with the issue that you'd have an extra stand to sell on your own. The systems are out there, but either a knowledgeable seller or a knowledgeable buyer is likely to offer something close to market price.
I'll just patiently wait until something good comes. Good things are always worth waiting for. And also, I really would like to get the Olympus Bh2-UCD nic condenser. Which I know is rare, but it has the versatility I'm after. An Olympus Bh2-NC would be good too. Well, I guess having both would be nice.
There is no slot for a waveplate. To use them, you need some convoluted adaptor thing (U-KPA and U-TAD) which also decreases your field number from 26.5 to 22.
The plate for those magnetic tags may also add too much height under the substage, making Kohler Illumination impossible with specific arrangements.
If you have the means, the U-UCD8 is still the way to go.