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Old 26-04-2021, 11:56 AM
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First microscope photo

Well the first decent one in that it was more than just testing the set up.
I dont know what it is and this is just a photo of the laptop screen...but its just so much fun.
The funny thing is I am using Sharpcap rather than the software that came with the microscope camera.
This photo took a long time but I got a feel for setting adjustment.
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Old 26-04-2021, 12:35 PM
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Nice photo Alex, I had a bit of a look online, it could be a Daphnia, water flea.
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Old 26-04-2021, 02:14 PM
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Nice effort Alex I have always wanted to play around with microscopes, now you have given me some inspiration, seems like a lot of fun.
Had a Microscope when i was a kid, but have no idea where it ended up.

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Old 26-04-2021, 02:37 PM
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Top image Alex . Starless version looks great
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Old 26-04-2021, 02:45 PM
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Definitely a Flea ...!!
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Old 26-04-2021, 05:34 PM
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Alex,

That is so cool...

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Old 26-04-2021, 06:59 PM
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When I was in hospital I saved the no needle syringes so I can collect and manage samples easier.

I have a few syringes so it will make sampling much easier.

Tomorrow I plan to see what variations I find in life at different depths in the pond...And oddly the pond I am using has little slime...so I may go to the big fish pond...I can get there with my wheely walker I think..I big expedition, an adventure....and when I feel much better (still very wobbly for some reason) I will get samples from the dam...mmmm each dam.

But for the price of the microscope , this one a trinocular with camera, at around $600 is great value...great entry level.
I save the one Thomas sent me for the observatory..it is bigger and much better and I have to learn a fair bit to get the best out of it...

Anyways for anyone thinking they would like one please note that you can get a unit with the same optics as the one I used for the photo for around $120...it will only have a single eye piece and an unsophisticated stage but otherwise you will get the same views as I am getting..$50 for a camera and you are there.
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Old 27-04-2021, 06:06 AM
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Now don't fall into that Dam Alex, but keep up the good work mate, looks like nothing will hold you down.
Might look into the Microscope world too.

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Old 27-04-2021, 07:36 AM
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Hi Leon
I recommend that you get yourself a microscope as I am sure you will get your moneys worth.
Here is a review of one that is rather decent for a modest sum.
https://youtu.be/DuAgO1VBFFk

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Old 27-04-2021, 08:13 AM
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Alex,
Great micro image , it does resemble a flea but hard to tell
Looking forward to your next strange creature of our micro world
A dust mite would be good ,there are plenty of them in out pillows when we sleep at night
Great work !
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Old 27-04-2021, 09:39 AM
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Thanks Martin...I am looking for a "water bear" I have viewed one but I want some photos....you also should consider getting a microscope as I am sure you would enjoy the experience.
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I have some focus stacking pics that I took here
with my microscope at prime focus with my Canon DSLR.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/247194...in/photostream


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Microscopy is great fun!

I did these many years ago with an old Sony video camera and a trinocular scope I got on ebay yonks ago. I have a much nicer Nikon one now, but have struggled to get better results to be honest. I think I need to get a better camera adapter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=387acfSMEtU
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Microscopy is great fun!

I did these many years ago with an old Sony video camera and a trinocular scope I got on ebay yonks ago. I have a much nicer Nikon one now, but have struggled to get better results to be honest. I think I need to get a better camera adapter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=387acfSMEtU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmqieOpfGZo


Hi Tim,
That's amazing -
I'd never even heard of a Stentor before yet alone seen them live.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stentor_(ciliate)


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Old 28-04-2021, 09:48 AM
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That's amazing -
I'd never even heard of a Stentor before yet alone seen them live.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stentor_(ciliate)


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They are actually pretty common - if you find really gross ponds and get a sample that includes some vegetation you will have a decent chance.
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Old 28-04-2021, 10:09 PM
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They are actually pretty common - if you find really gross ponds and get a sample that includes some vegetation you will have a decent chance.
Thanks - I'll try that one day.
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Thank you both for posting your fine efforts.
I think I was rather lucky with the flea as I have not found another...or a water bear...in fact there are rather few animals to be found unless I search inside decaying water lilly stems...I found something that looked like a snail but the photos are not flash.
Looking at dead mozzies is fun also and I find it amazing that the microscope can show such find detail like the little hairs on their legs. I have a cheaper digital microscope (under $50) that has lower magnification suitable for flies etc but I have not used it much...so that will be a whole other area..I thought getting the digital a sensible step before getting a stereo microscope...
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This is the best I can do for this little chap...the round creatures at its side were very busy and I got the impression they may have been feeding on him...but I really dont know.
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This is the best I can do for this little chap...the round creatures at its side were very busy and I got the impression they may have been feeding on him...but I really dont know.
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Alex, they might have a symbiotic relationship, like Remoras attaching to Sharks or other large fish, to pick up scraps.
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Here are a couple of pics I took in the last day
with my Canon DSLR at prime focus on my Eschenbach microscope:


1st - Green algae on low power x10 objective.


2nd - common shop mushroom spores high power x100 objective.
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