The procedure below outlines the steps necessary to install the ASI Microscope Focus Controller Drive onto the Nikon 80i microscope.
To perform the following steps, you will need the following tools:
Medium flat blade screwdriver 5/64 and 7/64 inch Allen hex wrenches The Allen hex wrenches are provided by ASI
Remove the left fine focus knob from the microscope as follows:
Locate the base plate, and if the Z-drive is attached to it as shown in figure 4, use the 7/64” Allen wrench to remove the horizontal adjustment screw that secures it to the base plate. Lift the front of the microscope up and slide the baseplate under the microscope so that the unit is centered under the left focus knob as shown in figure 5.
a) Locate the ASI fine focus motor drive and loosen the two vertical adjustment screws that secure the drive to the adjustment bar. (See figure 6 for location of the two vertical adjustment screws.) Using the 7/64“hex wrench, loosen the screws just enough so that the drive can slide easily in the groove in the adjustment bar.
b) Locate the ASI fine focus motor drive and vertical adjustment screw (M4x12 hex-head screw removed when the base plate was installed). Loosen the screw that is on the clamp on the end of the drive shaft. Align the drive shaft on the ASI drive with the microscope fine focus shaft, and slide the motor drive over the fine focus shaft as shown in figure 7. Insure that tab on the end of the clamp goes into the slot on the brass piece or white gear. Hold the clamp firmly against the white gear, and use the 7/64” Allen wrench to tighten the clamp as shown in figure 8.
c) Rotate the drive so that the tab on the bottom of the adjustment bar fits into the groove on the baseplate. Install, but do not completely tighten, the vertical adjustment screw (figure 9) to hold the drive in place. Please Note: the baseplate may need to be moved to properly align the adjustment bar.
d) Slide the motor drive up and down, forward and backward slightly while turning the right fine focus knob until it is in the position where minimum drag is felt on the right focus knob. Secure the motor drive into position by tightening the horizontal and vertical adjustment screws.
e) Tighten the baseplate set screw as shown in figure 11. Recheck the alignment in step d, above, by noting the drag on the right fine focus knob. No noticeable drag should be felt. Repeat the above steps, if necessary.
a) Locate the motor drive cover. Remove the 4/40 button head screws from the baseplate with the 1/16” Allen wrench. Position the motor drive cover over the motor drive assembly and secure in place using the 4/40 button head screws.
b) Slide the microscope fine focus knob over the shaft extension and press it all the way on so that the plastic tabs on the knob mate with the slots on the ASI drive shaft. Install the small round nut in the end of the fine focus knob and tighten it with the medium slotted screwdriver. Slide the black rubber boot over the fine focus knob.
This completes the procedure for installing the ASI focus drive on to the Nikon 80i microscope.