Hocus Focus: The nikon Eclipse E600
You're sitting in the dark examining a specimen and you reach to adjust the fine focus-oops! You just moved the stage instead. This won't happen with Nikon's new Eclipse E600 microscope because its stage control is on the other side of the microscope from its coaxial course/fine focus control. It may seem like a small thing, but it's one of the features that Stella Tsirka, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY at Stonybrook, Department of Pharmacology, likes best about the E600. Alternatively, you could operate the stage and a low-profile fine focus control with your right hand, leaving your other hand free to operate a counter or personal computer. Another convenience is basic controls that are located low and near the front, so you can reach them without lifting your hands off the table. And if you're not comfortable with the eyepiece angle of 25...

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