Saturday 15th October 2016

The Quekett’s annual sale of microscopes etcetera in the hall of St Stephen’s Church on Watling Street just outside St Albans was packed with members and visitors looking for bargains. The hall was booked from 9:30 a.m. to allow 30 minutes for setting up, but there were lots of people there at 9:00 a.m. waiting for the aerobics to finish.

St Stephen’s Church HallSt Stephen’s Church Hall

As in previous years, there was an amazing variety of items for sale, including stereo and compound trinocular microscopes, metallurgical and biological inverted microscopes, lots of stereomicroscopes and polarising microscopes, boxes of prepared slides, books, lots of eyepieces and objectives, condensers, transformers and all sorts of accessories. In addition to providing members and visitors with a good opportunity to dispose of surplus items and to acquire new kit, Microscopium provides an excellent opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and gossip over tea and coffee in the Hall and over lunch in the nearby pub.

Phil Greaves was selling lots of items that had been left to the Club, including an Olympus CK biological inverted microscope, a binocular Watson System 70, a Cooke, Troughton & Simms M2000, a Watson stereomicroscope, 2 long-arm Beck stereomicroscopes, a large camera tripod, and lots of objectives, eyepieces and bulbs, many at very low prices.

Phil Greaves’ tablesPhil Greaves’ tables

Phil Greaves’ eyepiecesPhil Greaves’ eyepieces

Phil Greaves’ objectivesPhil Greaves’ objectives

Phil Greaves’ Lomo incident light attachmentPhil Greaves’ Lomo incident light attachment

New member Irma Irsara getting advice from an old hand, Tony DuttonNew member Irma Irsara getting advice from an old hand, Tony Dutton

Paul Wheatley was selling some Swift polarising microscopes, a grey Zeiss binocular, a black Nikon binocular, a Wild M11, a top of the range Kyowa binocular, a fibre optic light source with a double gooseneck, 2 Olympus PM-LSD illuminators, and an assortment of objectives, eyepieces, filters and bulbs. Paul didn’t have transformers for the Olympus illuminators, but Anne Dawson had 2 on her stand; it is this sort of synergy that makes Microscopium so useful.

Paul Wheatley with David Linstead and John BirdsPaul Wheatley (centre) with David Linstead and John Birds (right)

Brian Norman was selling a Lomo МБС-10 stereomicroscope, a Baker inverted metallurgical microscope, a black Watson stereomicroscope, lots of eyepieces and objectives, and a microscope camera that incorporates a Raspberry Pi computer.

Brian NormanBrian Norman (centre) with his table

Brian Norman’s eyepieces and objectivesBrian Norman’s eyepieces and objectives for sale

Brian Norman’s microscope cameraBrian Norman’s microscope camera

Brian Burford had a black binocular Wild microscope, a black Baker monocular, a plate camera with a wooden tripod, a chemical balance with a set of weights, a modern Ceti binocular microscope fitted with older British objectives, an assortment of objectives, eyepieces, condensers and filters, a transformer, and various other items.

Brian Burford and his standBrian Burford and his wife

Brian Burford’s items for saleSome of Brian Burford’s items for sale

David Peston’s table was overflowing, with a trinocular Kyowa microscope, several complete and partial Leitz stands including a Dialux and an SM-Lux, lots of Leitz objectives, eyepieces and nosepieces, boxes of histology slides, boxes of lollipop filters, and all sorts of other items including an England finder slide.

David Peston and his standDavid Peston (left) and his stand

David Peston’s bulbs for saleDavid Peston’s bulbs for sale

Joan Bingley arrived with her car full of microscopes, many of them from the estate of Alan Kime. They included a black Nikon trinocular (formerly owned by John Clegg) with a phase contrast outfit and a camera attachment for a Nikon SLR camera, a black Lomo trinocular (formerly owned by Tony Saunders-Davies, who had added a gliding stage), a trinocular Lomo МБС-10 stereomicroscope with its transmitted-light base, a grey Zeiss Jena binocular, a Prior long-arm steremicroscope, 2 modern simple Biolux microscopes, a Cambridge rocking microtome, early Pixera and SciCam digital cameras, and assorted other items.

Joan Bingley and John MillhamJoan Bingley and John Millham

Anne Dawson had a table full of items that had belonged to her father, Don Thomson, including Beck, Leitz and Vickers metallurgical microscopes, a Wild 35 mm camera attachment, Olympus TE-II, TGHM and TL transformers, some illuminators, Watson condensers, and lots of eyepieces and objectives.

Anne Dawson and her tableAnne Dawson and her table

Ray and Cherry Trapmore run the Club’s shop and had our books, DVDs, binders, polarisers and retarders at reduced prices. The hall was so full that their table had to be in the corridor.

Club ShopClub Shop

Desmond Squire had a copying stand, a Nikkormat SLR camera and several Nikon accessories including a PB-6 bellows unit and some extension tubes, a Carl Zeiss camera lucida and some books

Desmond SquireDesmond Squire (right) with a customer

James Taylor was selling some eyepieces, objectives, condensers, heads, stages, stands, illuminators and boxes of slides.

James TaylorJames Taylor (right) with a visitor

Kit Brownlee was selling some books and chemicals.

Kit Brownlee and Mark BurgessKit Brownlee (left) with Christine and Mark Burgess

Kit Brownlee’s booksSome of Kit Brownlee’s books

Spike Walker brought a few items including a grey binocular Zeiss stand (lots of eyepieces and objectives available on other tables), a head for an Ultraphot III, a Wild Köhler illuminator and some Zeiss literature.

Spike Walker and Dennis FullwoodSpike Walker (left) and Dennis Fullwood

Dennis Fullwood was selling some objectives and eyepieces, 2 Leitz monoculars (one black, one grey), a monocular Watson System 70, a black Prior monocular, and a black Cooke, Troughton & Simms polarising microscope, most of them with their wooden boxes.

Dennis FullwoodDennis Fullwood with a customer

Stephen Parker was selling an Olympus BHS with DPlan objectives and a few other items.

Tony Pattinson and Stephen ParkerTony Pattinson showing his Zeiss Jena condenser to Stephen Parker (right)

Mark Shephard had some slides, some books, a grey Beck monocular and a black Baker monocular.

Mark Shephard and John RhodesMark Shephard (left) and John Rhodes

Mark Shephard’s slidesSome of Mark Shephard’s slides

Harry Shearman had a stereomicroscope with an unusual mounting arrangement, and several parts from an optical bench.

Harry ShearmanHarry Shearman (right)

Chris Kennedy was selling 2 Bausch & Lomb SZ4 stereomicroscope pods, some retort stands and various other items.

James Rider and Chris KennedyJames Rider and Chris Kennedy (right)

Mike Woof brought a binocular Watson System 70, a Swift polarising microscope, and a binocular Olympus EHT.

Mike Woof’s microscopesMike Woof’s microscopes

Our thanks to James Rider for organising another successful event, with some very happy buyers and sellers, to Ian Henderson for providing much-needed tea, coffee and biscuits, and to those who put out and packed away the tables and chairs.

Report and photographs by Alan Wood

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