Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Infinity systems -- a 50 year old child?

Today, there are all to many in microscopy who see "Infinity"-systems as nothing but the "latest and greatest" development to be had.

However, the truth of the matter is that the "Infinity" concept in microscopy is old, quite old.

Certainly, in Metallurgy ar least, the concept was well established in the 1950's (e.g: Leitz Metallux) and by the mid-1980's was well established with the Japanese (e.g: Olympus BH2-M series).

But the best case-in-point is perhaps American Optical who pioneered infinity microscopes in the clinical and educational markets beginning in the mid-1960's -- 50 years ago!. (Their Nosepiece Focusing system, introduced on their Series-10 models, became the forerunner of many of today's systems and its decendents may be found even on the current research models of some of the world's most respected makers!)

The Series-10's were quite popular, largely due to their ease-of-use (nearly "idiot proof"), rugged design, and excellent reliability. Their "infinity" Plan Achromat optics were also quite good. 

So, while the "Infinity" concept itself may not actually be the "latest and greatest," at least it would seem to have a rather long and favorable history!

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