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HobGoblyn:
Hi all.

I want to buy a double boom stand for my microscope, I notice there appears to be two different designs for the bases.

Anyone got experience of both (or either for that matter)

Both are exactly the same price, both are from Amscope (one from their website,  one from their  Amazon store)

Personally I prefer the all flat one, but want to hear peoples experience with it.

Reason I’m upgrading from the single arm is I want to be able to easily move it out of the way when not in use etc.

Thanks




Gyro:
I would go for the bottom one and turn the base around. You really want as big a 'throat depth' as you can so that you can get as far across a big board as possible. With the microscope pushed back out of the way, that space at the rear is wasted anyway. Add extra ballast to the base if necessary.

HobGoblyn:
While true, wouldn’t it tip over the other way around?

jfiresto:

--- Quote from: HobGoblyn on April 20, 2024, 08:18:56 pm ---While true, wouldn’t it tip over the other way around?

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The second one looks like a counter-weighted stand. Turning it around would be like shifting the weight from the microscope's end to the other end of a see saw. (A good thing, I would think.)

EDIT: The tell is the fingered-arc off the right which would increase the horizontal clearance to a microscope and its specimen further off to the right. (My ideas are coming out a bit slow – it is getting late.)

Gyro:

--- Quote from: HobGoblyn on April 20, 2024, 08:18:56 pm ---While true, wouldn’t it tip over the other way around?

--- End quote ---

I don't know, it depends how much solid there is in that casting [Edit: as jfiresto says, it looks counterweighted]. I have an old Meiji and I use it that way round. That's why I said add extra ballast if necessary though.

I suppose you could do the same with the flat base too (adding a lot of ballast). It would give an even deeper throat and probably more sideways stability, but at the expense of taking up a wider bench footprint.

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