Field Notes: Microscope repair kit

I’ve walked past this rack in the shop here at the station dozens of times, but just today I noticed what it said.

The very finest precision instruments.

That gave me quite a laugh.

6 Comments

  1. Susannah July 30, 2011 4:38 am

    I have a microscope that might just benefit from the use of that kit.

    http://wanderinweeta.blogspot.com

  2. Craig July 31, 2011 4:39 pm

    Hah, my supervisor would have had a fit if I’d gone near his £20k Nikon with any of that gear!

    http://neuromancy.southernfriedscience.com

  3. Boudinot August 3, 2011 10:22 am

    Props – that’s a rad set up. Now if only I could find the lens cleaner… that’s why we have the spackle knife, right?

    • Michael Bok August 3, 2011 7:38 pm

      It’s on another rack, with its steel wool applicator.

  4. Alex Diaz March 25, 2013 3:36 pm

    Michael, I nearly fell out of chair when I saw that picture. My predecessor and mentor here at the company, would always tell me about this microscope repair dealer that used to use a hammer and chisel. You have found the holy grail of microscope lore! I would love your permission to re-post this image. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. Thanks – Alex

    http://www.nationaloptical.com

    • Michael Bok March 29, 2013 10:59 am

      I did a serious double-take, followed by a guffaw, the fist time I noticed that in the shop at LIRS.

      Feel free to repost.