We have good versions of our Ganglionizer (micromanipulator) and SpikerBox (amplifier), but the missing component for in vivo ganglia experiments is an inexpensive microscope. ByB saved its lunch money and recently purchased a 30X dissection scope for $60 from Benz Microscopy. Having no background in optics, ByB is rolling up its sleeves and reverse engineering a dissection scope. First step, take one apart and see how it works.
Michael Benz, the third generation owner of Benz Microscope (a very cool business in south Ann Arbor), is enthusiastically helping us design our own microscopes by letting us purchase some raw optics components from his massive workshop. Thanks Michael!