Boy did I score today…
Went to an estate sale, and picked up (among other things) a Nikon
SMZ-10 stereo microscope. (it’s actually a trinocular, but that’s the
I’ve already got one of Otto Frei’s Chinese Meiji clones on an
acrobat stand for engraving. Unfortunately, the SMZ has a smaller
body diameter, and the switch for the trinoc is in the back, so it
doesn’t quite fit the mount right. I’ll have to machine up a new
bracket to go on the end of the acrobat.
My question is mainly does anybody know anything about the SMZ-10
for engraving? It’s got a slightly smaller zoom range than the Meiji
clone, and the ultimate power isn’t quite as high. (40x as opposed to
50x) Believe it or not, I actually do use 50x every so often. The
main improvement is that it holds focus as it zooms, and it has Nikon
optics, as opposed to off-brand Chinese. The price was right, so I
grabbed first, asked questions later.
So now I’m asking questions. Anybody used one? Opinions? Should I go
through the hassle of making a new bracket to mount it? I actually
really like the Chinese clone, so I don’t want to end up
frankensteining my acrobat rig to finish off with a less useful
I’ve looked on the web, and mostly I find auction listings for them,
rather than any real info.