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Old 3rd April 2016, 11:19 AM   #81
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And this monstrous creature:
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Old 3rd April 2016, 12:06 PM   #82
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This may be your new playmate - if not, similar: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/inde...ond/worms.html

Good hunting!!!
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Old 3rd April 2016, 01:35 PM   #83
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Good site! Thanks.
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Old 24th April 2016, 10:17 AM   #84
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https://youtu.be/syaTcr39Z1M
Vid of some cool worms from my bird bath. It is still in the single digits of centigrade outside so I'm surprised they are active.
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Old 24th April 2016, 11:32 AM   #85
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Some more microscope inspiration for you

Evaporating an alcoholic drink on a slide produces some really gorgeous crystals, almost like abstract art. If you get a few nice shots, you can put them up around your house and tell your friends, "yeah, I made that."
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Old 28th May 2016, 09:35 AM   #86
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Birdbath teeming with Rotifers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotifer
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Old 28th May 2016, 12:26 PM   #87
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Rotifers are really impressive little buggers!!! Can you up the magnification?
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Old 28th May 2016, 12:27 PM   #88
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Samples from Micrographia:
http://www.micrographia.com/specbiol...l/bdel0100.htm
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Old 28th May 2016, 12:28 PM   #89
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Also, if you find amoeba or paramecia it is fun to watch vacuoles do their thing tossing out digested/unnecessary material...........
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Old 28th May 2016, 12:41 PM   #90
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Vacuoles on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEl4MNvvJLE
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Old 28th May 2016, 02:36 PM   #91
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Originally Posted by Giordano View Post
Small idea about microtomes. I heard once that a crude but workable microtome could be created from a large nut and bolt, each with a matching fine thread. Back off the bolt until is is almost readily to fall off the nut, place the specimen in the hollow formed by the nut and bolt, add melted wax to embed the specimen and let the wax cool. Then, by gradually tightening the bolt to slightly extrude the wax/specimen, you can use a razor blade to slice off thin pieces which you can fix on a slide, stain them, and view them through the microscope.
Also, although it may seem obvious in retrospect: use a 4-40 thread, rather than a 1/4-20.
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Old 28th May 2016, 03:00 PM   #92
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We homeschool, and to this day both kids say their favorite project was growing then stuff we swabbed off our own bodies and then looking at it under the microscope. Try swabbing your pets also
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Old 28th May 2016, 08:57 PM   #93
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Here's a freeze-frame I got of a video I took using a mini-cam for the computer. It's not exactly a microscope but enlarges enough to clearly see the groove in a vinyl record. I don't think it was more than $35 on Amazon. Whenever I do a science thing for the kids, somehow they always end up looking at their "owies". (It's helped me check out a few medical questions, myself.)

Conclusion: The human body, up close, can be at the same time very ugly and very beautiful.

I was reading at my picnic table and noticed this bee frequenting my radio. Turns out, the screw holes were just perfect for storing pollen. I watched for several tens of minutes as the bee stored and then sealed the hole. I thought it was fascinating to see a scene from Mysterious Island, from the outside.


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Old 19th June 2016, 06:26 AM   #94
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Dental plaque stained with iodine (and a few cheek cells thrown in for free)
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Old 21st June 2016, 02:40 AM   #95
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You should get a job at your local sewage works. They'd probably appreciate someone looking at their bugs to check how healthy they are.
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Old 21st June 2016, 11:01 AM   #96
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You should get a job at your local sewage works. They'd probably appreciate someone looking at their bugs to check how healthy they are.
Probably get intestinal problems a lot though!!!! Not worth it!!!!!
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Old 22nd June 2016, 07:40 AM   #97
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Probably get intestinal problems a lot though!!!! Not worth it!!!!!
Never had problems when I visited sewage works.

Although other activated sludge plants are available.
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Old 6th October 2017, 05:24 AM   #98
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I bought another one!!!

Best for ever so slightly larger non transparent objects.

I love it. Been looking at leaves, insects, seashells, fossils.
There is a whole other universe in the 'tiny'
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Old 6th October 2017, 05:25 AM   #99
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When I 'retire' in 10 weeks, one of the things I want to do much more of is examine small natural things and draw them, in the spirit of 18th and 19th century naturalists.
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Old 6th October 2017, 05:51 AM   #100
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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=33W5I333C950V

Micrographia editions.............Just in case
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Old 6th October 2017, 05:53 AM   #101
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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=33W5I333C950V

Micrographia editions.............Just in case
Great stuff!
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Old 6th October 2017, 06:09 AM   #102
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I was fascinated with microscopy as a kid, and went through several of those typical “student” microscopes from Gilbert.
Looked at everything I could.
My mom worked at the time for a Catholic hospital, and she became friends with the nun who ran the lab. When the dear lady found out about my hobby, she gifted me with test tubes, slides, pipettes, and other goodies. One time, she sent me a sample of water with a note that said “look at this.”
I did, and the water was crawling with fascinating microbes.

It was holy water from the chapel font.....
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Originally Posted by Bikewer View Post
I was fascinated with microscopy as a kid, and went through several of those typical “student” microscopes from Gilbert.
Looked at everything I could.
My mom worked at the time for a Catholic hospital, and she became friends with the nun who ran the lab. When the dear lady found out about my hobby, she gifted me with test tubes, slides, pipettes, and other goodies. One time, she sent me a sample of water with a note that said “look at this.”
I did, and the water was crawling with fascinating microbes.

It was holy water from the chapel font.....
They were holy microbes though.
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Old 6th October 2017, 07:40 AM   #104
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I bought another one!!!

Best for ever so slightly larger non transparent objects.

I love it. Been looking at leaves, insects, seashells, fossils.
There is a whole other universe in the 'tiny'
I have the exact same scope.
I use it on low power to help repair watches and assemble fine etched brass parts on model kits.
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Old 6th October 2017, 07:54 AM   #105
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
I have the exact same scope.
I use it on low power to help repair watches and assemble fine etched brass parts on model kits.
Right on!

I assume the threaded insert on the top of the base to the left is for auxilliary lighting?
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Old 6th October 2017, 08:24 AM   #106
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When I 'retire' in 10 weeks, one of the things I want to do much more of is examine small natural things and draw them, in the spirit of 18th and 19th century naturalists.
That's actually still a thing. There's a whole certification process and everything.
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Originally Posted by Beelzebuddy View Post
That's actually still a thing. There's a whole certification process and everything.
Cool! Not that I want to become a professional.
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What threaded 'thing'?
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As well as the stereo microscope I have an old Vickers microscope with a binocular head. I got it from an auction of lab equipment about twenty years ago, It came with an optional phase contrast condenser and some very nice zeiss oil immersion lenses in a nice little wooden case.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
As well as the stereo microscope I have an old Vickers microscope with a binocular head. I got it from an auction of lab equipment about twenty years ago, It came with an optional phase contrast condenser and some very nice zeiss oil immersion lenses in a nice little wooden case.
Ooooohh! Phase contrast is in my future somewhere
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So yesterday I harvested and identified 3 different kinds of lichen.
Under the category of holy crap science is awesome: there is a lichen that grows in the arctic regions that can live for over 8000 years. (that's THOUSAND!!!!)
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In case you haven't found it, here's a link to the best amateur microscopy site on the web.

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/

Hundreds of articles in the archive on every aspect of microscopy you can think of.
Invaluable info on fixing specimens, mounting, staining and sectioning etc.

Guides on setting up hardware, lighting techniques and photography.
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Keep posting pictures!

Years ago there was a thread where someone who had just bought a microscope posted a heap of pictures. Anyone remember that? It was fascinating and educational. I'd love to see someone keep up the tradition.
Was it this thread I started?

Looking at getting a new one, as the old one won't run under Windows 10 (and probably 8).
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Was it this thread I started?

Looking at getting a new one, as the old one won't run under Windows 10 (and probably 8).
Do you see your scope/camera listed on this page? Micromanager's intended more for professional microscopes, but you never know.
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Microscopy doesn't have to be expensive. There is a whole load of second hand lab equipment at extremely low prices on Ebay. Equivelent new would cost many hundreds or thousands.
A few examples today for less than two hundred pounds.

Fantastic Vickers Binocular head less than two hundred. Phase Contrast built in, Kohler lighting. Four objectives, 100x Oil Immersion down to 4x.


Watson Binocular less than a hundred, agin 100x oil immersion at the top magnification.



Smaller Vickers monocular (can be upgraded) thirty quid. Oil immersion condenser, Rotating stage. Needs a clean but a very good scope,


Lovely Nikon monocular (can be upgraded to binocular head) for sixty quid.

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Was it this thread I started?
No, a different one, but that one's cool too.
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Could someone ask for the thread title to be corrected please?

For the past 18 months all I’ve wanted to post is, “did you bring enough for everyone?”
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I just got a pretty decent if a bit beatup American Optical scope at a school tag sale, for something under two dollars (four bucks worth of clothing and a couple of items coming to 6). Two objectives in it, and a really nice high eyepoint eyepiece and a working illuminator. Unfortunately, like the last B&L student microscope I got a while ago, the ones with substage illumination tend to have hot spots that make photography difficult. You get more even illumination with a mirror, and although it's not the best scope in other ways, the best photomicrography scope I've got is a once-dirt-cheap but reasonably well made Lafayette one. It's still very difficult to get an even field and good focus, and I have to experiment a bit more with different objectives, but it sure is fun. It's also hard to get good focus with poor depth of field on top of poor optics, but there's hope.

Here's a quick and dirty shot with a Nikon DSLR, using a bodged-up adapter originally made for a Konica, with the Lafayette illuminated through the mirror, on an old Japanese slide that came with the microscope, claiming to be a piece of a fly's wing.

It's getting a bit cold to get stuff out of the pond, but I'm getting there.

flywing.jpg

Oh yes, and you can tell I did not bother to clean all the grunge out of the scope, which has been languishing for too long in dusty environments. And as you can see there's also still a hot spot, owing mostly to the uneven illumination of the lamp used. Way better than the others, though.
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Hey, the price was right tought. Yes, sorry about the thread title.
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With substage illumination you need a proper condenser and iris to control the light and for best photographs you need to be able to focus the light onto the specimen which means Kohler Illumination which involves a condenser lens and iris on the lamp. You can improve it by getting rid of the current lamp and replacing it with a bright white LED and diffuse the light with frosted glass.
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