Scavenging microscope parts from old sequencers

There’s an interesting blog from Nick Kaplinsky at Swarthmore¬†about disassembling old Illumina GAIIx sequencers for microscope parts. You can purchase an old GAIIx for about $5k on Ebay and it contains an ASI X-Y stage, Z-stage, and filter wheel, a Coolsnap K4 camera, a Nikon 20x objective, two lasers, and some other neat parts. They’re mounted in a nice assembly if you want to use them as is. I suspect you could actually make a profit by buying one and removing and reselling the individual parts, although if you look on Ebay you can see people who are doing this and some of the individual items can be had quite cheaply.