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[5.14.17]  [SuperQuick] Baush&Lomb Microscope Light Upgrade

This is a quick design for a printed adapter for the Baush & Lomb stereo zoom 7 microscope, along with some details about the microscope. In the past I had tried out 'attaching an led strip' to the bottom of miscelaneous scopes, to varying success, but the advent of low cost ring lights dramatically improves lighting for tiny IC's and reflow work (now shadows).

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Quick Intro to the Bausch & Lomb 'Stereo Zoom 7'


The Baush & Lomb series of 'big angry 1980's microscope on an offset heavy arm' are really quite excellent for SMD component install and soldering. They also commonly appear in laboratory cleanouts and industrial auctions.
This one in particular came from a lab cleanout, and has seen, some use. It was missing the eyepieces, but fortunatley, they are standard. The ever-excellent peter crufted some from the ether and lo, they work great.  These use 23mm optic mounts, which are fairly common [amazon] [ebay].  There's an excellent teardown thread [here]
A copy of the series manual is available locally here [link]. This convienently provides some excellent imagery into the innards of the microscope assembly.

Ebay Ring Light and adapter

There are a number of ring light adapters floating about the multiverse, I opted for this [link] one
The innards of this particular led ring light are better than I expected. Normally ~5w mains connected leds use a capacitive dropper based supply [link]. While capacitive droppers do work, however, they are non-isolated and the giant-film-cap to drive the leds can be a bit bulky. I think, as this is marketed as a 110/220 mains adaptable supply, they opted for the tiny-switcher approach.  Capacitive droppers also exhibit the 'quite blinky' issues
Yowza, its not just a capacitive dropper. The IC that runs the led driver is a dk106, [local link]. Its actually rated for 85-265vac operation, which explains the '110/220' capability. It runs from rectified mains and twiddles a transformer, using an optocopuler as voltage feedback.
Its actually pretty bright too. The adjust pot is smooth and there is no characteristic 'low duty cycle flicker' which occurs on a number of dimmable things where their internal switching frequency, plus low adjust setpoint result in an increasingly viewable flicker.

Printed Adapter


The Amscope was intended to have an external illuminator, or eyepiece based illuminator. The manual mentions a ring-illuminator, using a flourescent ring lamp, but i'm not sure how that mates. Ah well, this is a quite-good job for 3d printed parts: Weird geometry, not super structural, and quick.
And with some hand-waving, a printed part appears. There's only really 2 screw holes to pickup on the bottom face of the microscope, both 4-40 thread. I opted to under-size the ring mount such that the screws had some travel into the ring to grab the part. The large flat surface is for doublesided tape / hotmelt glue to add some extra holding force to the scope adapter.
TADA
The 4-40 screws I had on hand were a bit long, so instead of playing games with a hacksaw, I added an extra 4-40 hex nut to take up the extra space.
This leaves the brightness adjust pot right in the front, with the on/off switch to the side.
This was taken with a Panasonic GF-3 pointed at the normal eyepiece optic, but yes, the illumination works great.  Shown is an Atmega 16u2 and a business card with tiny font.

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Solidpart files

Here are the cad files for this printed part. I used an UP! Mini to print the part. Download below!
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(There's other photos in the photo gallery)
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Electrical & Electrical Power
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