Fixing a Microscopy XY Stage (Objektführer)


On various platforms you can get cheap XY stages (Objektführer) of various designs, because quite often it is hard to get the ones specific to your microscope. I originally got the one on the right for one of my upright microscopes but then noticed it also fits onto my MBS-10 stereomicroscope. However it has the knobs to the side which doesn’t work with the base of the MBS-10. So fair enough I ordered one with knobs on the top (the left one).

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Readout Electronics: High Voltage -1.25kV PMT Bias Supply


This is part of my readout electronics system. This is an adjustable high voltage power supply I built for biasing the dynodes of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). It uses a Hamamatsu C4900 high voltage DC-DC converter. Control can either be local (potentiometer on the front panel) or remote (external 5V DAC). The orange LED on the front panel indicates that remote control is active. Whether the unit is in local or remote control is controlled from a microcontroller on an external board.

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Readout Electronics: Wideband Pulse Amplifier


This is part of my readout electronics system. A high speed amplifier unit I developed a while back, mainly to amplify fast PMT pulses. It uses two uA733 pulse amplifiers with a gain of 20dB, at around 200Mhz with a rise time of 2.5ns. The output of the first one can be inverted with the switch on the front of the unit, which then switches a soviet reed relay (РЗС55А 1101) to select the output.

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Readout Electronics: ±5V 500mA Quad Preamplifier Power Supply


This is part of my readout electronics system. This is a fairly simple ±5V 500mA preamplifier power supply I designed originally with Hamamatsu PMT preamplifiers in mind, but I ended up not getting one of those. So now I’m using it for my own preamplifier modules. The circuit is a fairly standard LM317 and LM337 one with stability improvements by adding a capacitor (and associated diode) to the programming pin. See the data sheets for any LM317 or LM337 for the circuit.

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Stabilized Linear 2,5A 12V Power Supply


The other day I built this power supply out of components I had lying around. In particular I had this enclosure sitting on the shelf for years now and wanted to finally put it to use and also a toroidal transformer I also had sitting in the shelf. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures while building it only after the fact. Here is the schematic, fairly standard and self-explanatory, it uses a 2N3055 transistor and a Zener diode.

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Upgrading CISCO IOS


I imported this from my old website from way back in time as I just needed it as a reference for myself again. Warning! Everything here is on your own risk. If you don’t know what you are doing DON’T. This is a small step-by-step guide on updating IOS annotated from a script(1) transcript I took from a while back. In my case I’m upgrading IOS 12.1(20)EA1a to IOS 12.1(22)EA14, the latter of which is the last version supporting the Catalyst 2950 series.

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Quick Reference of Gauss Quadrature Forms


The following is from my notes I did a while back, whilst evaluating different numerical quadrature methods. Quite a lot of numerical quadrature in software used seems to be Gauss-Kronrod, in particular derived from QUADPACK. Any thoughts or corrections? Drop me a mail. Gaussian Quadrature Gaussian quadrature approximates integrals in the form of: $$ \int^{b}_{a}f(x)\ dx $$ For some range \(a\) to \(b\) inclusive or exclusive depending upon the type. With a sum in the form of: $$ \int^b_af(x)\ dx\approx\sum_{i=1}^nw_if(x_i) $$ Where \(w_i\) is some weight and the node \(x_i\) being the root of an orthogonal polynomial.

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МБС-10 (MBS-10, MBC-10) Stereomicroscope


My MBS-10 with MFU phototube and LED ring light On this I share some information about the popular Russian/Soviet MBS-10 stereomicroscope. I got mine a while back and I’m quite satisfied with it. I’m going to update this page if I have any new information worth sharing. If anyone has any additional information worth adding here, drop me a mail. Versions As far as I could find out there are at least two versions of the MBS-10 with different accessories depending upon the manufacturing date.

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Microscope Illuminator ЛОМО ОИ-19 (LOMO OI-19)


I got this microscope illuminator a while back and wanted to share some things about it. Mine came as is, without power supply nor any filters. It did however come with the tungsten lightbulb, which is nice since those things alone are expensive to get. Optical design The optical design consists of a convexconcave and a biconvex lens, followed by a diaphragm and an optional filter. According to the instruction manual the aperture is 0,67.

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