The Balplan was the flagship microscope made by Bausch & Lomb Inc. in the 1970's and 80's, before the merger of their microscope operations into the Leitz / Leica company. Since the Balplan is no longer supported by either company, the knowledge base for maintenance on this fine instrument has defaulted to the community of amateur and professional microscopists.
This site consists of html transcriptions of the original Bausch & Lomb manuals for the Balplan. I am scanning and typing sections and linking in accompanying photographs as time allows. Enjoy!
This (undated) manual probably shipped with each new microscope.
This document is scanned from an n-th generation photocopy of the original, and is barely legible in spots. For a cleaner copy, refer to the 1978 price list, below.
This twelve page PDF file has been expertly scanned and donated to the site by D.S. Smith in June of 2008. The 1978 price list is in Canadian currency.
"An Informal Guide for the Hammer Tinkerer and Mechanic"
LEGAL NOTICE: The documents on this web site were originally published without copyright by Bausch & Lomb Inc; my understanding is that they were made available to the public without restriction. This site is not affiliated with Bausch & Lomb or any other company past or present, and the enclosed information is provided gratis to the public as an educational and historical reference service only. Scanning and text entry errors may be present; no claims are made about the accuracy of the enclosed information.
contact: Robert Hughes
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