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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Microscope shots

So I got myself a little microscope for an early holiday gift.

I still need practice at taking pictures with my phone. I got pretty good in my microbio class, but my microscope is a little different than the ones at school. Here are some mediocre shots of microworms and Taiwan moss.

















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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 03:30 AM
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Oh sooooo cool! I'd love a nice microscope! I'd probably shove anything possible under it all day long. I'm such a kid with a new toy when it comes to science stuff lol. I've wanted a microscope for oh, probably 20 years lol! Keep posting cool pictures :-D

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Man...I don't know WHY opendns decides that photobucket is evil incarnate, but my work blocks it....frustrating...
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Very cool! I've thought about taking stuff up to work where we have a good microscope, but think I'd be too embarrassed if someone asked what I was doing lol.
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Very cool! I've thought about taking stuff up to work where we have a good microscope, but think I'd be too embarrassed if someone asked what I was doing lol.
Exactly! There are microscopes at my school and work, but I thought it'd be neat to have my own. Then I could look at anything any time I want! It's also nice that the scope is literally 4 feet away from my tanks and on my computer desk.


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Exactly! There are microscopes at my school and work, but I thought it'd be neat to have my own. Then I could look at anything any time I want! It's also nice that the scope is literally 4 feet away from my tanks and on my computer desk.
Lol...if I had one at home EVERYTHING would make it's way under it. You're taking the pics by holding your phone to the eyepiece? I'm surprised how well they turned out if that is the case!
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Very nice op!

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Wish I had one.
Check ebay, there is very potent ones with digital camera included.


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the ones on ebay are pretty good quality, especially for the price. the only thing i didnt like about them was the camera, which is mediocre at best. the condenser was also a little off center, but it that is easily fixed with a little tweaking. all in all, nice piece of equipment for under 500 dollars.
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The one I got is pretty good for the price. While the mechanical stage control and coarse/fine adjustment knobs are less precise than I had hoped for, I think the tiny size of it makes up for it, and the fact that it was less than $200. The 100X oil immersion works alright, but a little less easy to use since the fine adjustment isn't so fine. Light source is an adjustable LED which is quite bright, white, and cool. The ocular lens head can be swivelled around 360 degrees. I'm pretty damned impressed with it.

If anyone is interested, here in the one I purchased:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

As for how I take pictures, I just put my phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII) right up to an ocular and snap a shot. It takes a bit of practice to get it just right, but it's certainly doable. I've yet to try it with a point and shoot camera.


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A shrimp shot would be epic

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This stuff is wicked. Thanks for posting! Brings me back to the middle school and high school days in science class.

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I think in elodea leaves you can see the chloroplasts moving around to adjust to varying light levels using a microscope.
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Awesome! Now I want a microscope really bad! LOL!
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