Olympus OM system close-up and macro equipment

Stage glasses, plates and accessories

Introduction

Five stage glasses or plates were available for the Macrophoto Stand VST-1. Some of these were also available for Olympus stereo microscopes, and some of the accessories for the stereo microscopes can be used with the VST-1. The glasses and plates are nominally 100mm in diameter, and fit into the recess in the base of the Stand. There are grooves on either side of the recess to aid in removing the stage plates. The stage plates can be clamped in place by tightening the screw at the front of the base of the Stand.

One of the stage plates can be fitted with a mechanical stage for precise movements of small objects. A cup stage can be used to tilt the stage plates so as to move a three-dimensional object into the best position for photography.

Frosted Stage Glass SP-BW-2

This is the stage glass that is supplied with the VST-1 Stand. It is opaque (so can only be used with incident lighting), made of plastic, and reversible. One side is matt black, for use with light subjects, and the other side is glossy white, for use with dark subjects.

Diameter 99.9 mm
Thickness 5.7 mm
Microscope ref. SP-BW-2
Olympus no. S-0757
US catalog no. 104-131
Introduced 1972
Discontinued 2003*

* Still available for stereo microscopes

Frosted Stage Glass (black) Frosted Stage Glass (white)
Olympus OM Frosted Stage Glass
(black surface)
Olympus OM Frosted Stage Glass
(white surface)

Versions

Only one version is known.

Alternatives

The Chinese eBay seller ten993046 often lists alternative 100 mm black/white stage plates that are 5 mm thick.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Clear Stage Glass SP-C

This stage glass is made of transparent glass with a slight green tinge, and fits into the recess in the base of the VST-1 Stand. It can be used for either incident or transmitted lighting.

Diameter 99.5 mm
Thickness 5.7 mm
Microscope ref. SP-C
Olympus no. S-0750
US catalog no. 104-130
Introduced 1972
Discontinued 2003*

* Still available for stereo microscopes

Clear Stage Glass

Olympus OM Clear Stage Glass

Versions

Only one version is known.

Alternatives

The Chinese eBay seller ten993046 often lists alternative 100 mm clear stage glasses that are 5 mm thick.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Stage Plate 28

This stage plate is made of metal, with a matt black finish, and has a central aperture 28 mm in diameter. It is 120 mm in diameter, and has a ring on its lower surface which fits into the aperture in the base of the Macrophoto Stand. It can be used for transmitted or reflected light. Near the outer edge there is a threaded hole and 2 guide holes for attaching the Mechanical Stage FM.

Diameter 120 mm
Diameter of lower rim 99.9 mm
Diameter of central aperture 28.0 mm
Thickness 11.2 mm (outer rim)
5.0 mm (main area)
US catalog no. 104-131
Introduced 1972
Discontinued  

Stage Plate 28

Olympus OM Stage Plate 28

Versions

Only one version is known.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Stage Plate 45

This stage plate is made of metal, with a matt black finish, and has a central aperture 45 mm in diameter. It fits into the recess in the base of the VST-1 Stand. It can be used for transmitted or reflected light.

Diameter 99.9 mm
Diameter of central aperture 45.0 mm
Thickness 6.1 mm (outer rim)
2.9 mm (main area)
US catalog no. 104-133
Introduced 1972
Discontinued 2002

Stage Plate 45

Olympus OM Stage Plate 45

Versions

Only one version is known.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Shade Stage Plate PM-LM-SP

This colourless, transparent plastic plate fits into the recess in the base of the VST-1 Stand, and is designed for use with the Lieberkühn Reflectors, Trans-Illuminator Base (with the Centering Mirror fitted) and the Trans-Illuminator, for soft, shadowless lighting.

It comes with 2 Shutter Interrupter Plates, 24.5 mm diameter, one black (for light subjects) and the other glossy white (for dark subjects), which fit into a recess in the centre of the plate.

Light from the Trans-Illuminator is reflected by the Centering Mirror in the Trans-Illuminator Base, passes upwards through the transparent area of the plate, and is then reflected down by the Lieberkühn reflector, onto the subject, which rests on one of the opaque interrupter plates in the centre of the plate.

Diameter 99.8 mm
Thickness 6.0 mm
Diameter of central aperture 22.9 mm
Diameter of central recess 25.0 mm
Interrupter plate diameter 24.5 mm
Interrupter plate thickness 1.6 mm
Microscope ref. PM-LM-SP
US catalog no. 104-134
Introduced 1972
Discontinued 2003
       
Shadowless lighting with Lieberkühn Reflector

Shade Stage Plate with black insert Shade Stage Plate with white insert
Olympus OM Shade Stage Plate
(black insert)
Olympus OM Shade Stage Plate
(white insert)

Versions

Only one version is known.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Mechanical Stage FM-III

The Mechanical Stage FM fits onto the Stage Plate 28 and enables precise positioning of subjects for high magnification work. It has a sprung clip for holding a 3″×1″ microscope slide or other objects.

Mechanical Stage FM II

Olympus OM Mechanical Stage FM-III (on Stage Plate 28)

There is just over 50 mm movement on the long axis, via a worm drive, and the scale is marked from 40 to 100 mm. There is just over 30 mm movement on the short axis, via a rack and pinion, and the scale is marked from 0 to 38 mm. On each axis there is a Vernier scale that allows measurements to be made to the nearest 0.1 mm.

Versions

There were apparently 2 versions available before the OM system, the original FM and the FM-II. The version number is not marked on the Stage.

Mechanical Stage FM

Olympus Mechanical Stage FM (photograph courtesy of Mark Dapoz)

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

Cup Stage SZH-SC

The base of the Cup Stage fits into the base of the Macrophoto Stand VST-1. The top part of the Stage has a circular recess to take one of the stage plates, and holes for the stage clips.

Cup Stage

Olympus Cup Stage

The lower part has a circular depression into which the top part fits. The top part is quite heavy, and its lower surface is hemispherical. This combination allows the top part to be rotated and tilted, and to remain in place by friction.

The Cup Stage is not mentioned in any of the Olympus literature on the OM macro equipment. It is considered to be an accessory for the Olympus stereo microscopes, but it can be very useful for getting a three-dimensional subject into the best position to be photographed.

Versions

Only one version is known.

Instruction leaflet

Instructions were not provided with this item.

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Olympus OM system close-up and macro equipment