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Microscope recommendations ?


bmh1 e2
8 571 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 9:09PM
I've been thinking of buying a microscope for being generally nosy in the microscopic world and extreme macro photography, can anyone suggest good brands
and sites to look at ? [I've found that brunelmicroscopes.co.uk and ukge.co.uk can't be bothered to reply to e-mails asking about their products]

It seems like DSLR adapters are reasonably widely available, but I'm not sure if they typically fit on top of an eye-piece or replace the eye-piece.

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Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
12 Jun 2013 10:44PM
How long is a piece of string? Grin

I could give you loads of ideas and various different recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid, but the subject is a very complex and personal choice comes into play a lot, as you will find if you intend starting this fascinating hobby. You won't I'm afraid find many answers here on EPZ, it's a little bit too specialist Tongue that's not to say one or two of us don't dabble from time to time.

Try looking at the forums on microscopy on http://www.photomacrography.net/ these will give you some great pointers about where to start and what you'll be up against especially when choosing objective lens systems and adapters to use on DSLR's.

I source a lot of my kit through brunelmicroscopes.co.uk, then I wised up and found I could source a lot of kit secondhand through Ebay with a little bit of trawling.

Good luck......Ade
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 10:51PM
thanks for that link Ade
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
13 Jun 2013 12:53AM
You're more than welcome Bri...

The guys that run it are also responsible for design and writing the stacking software Zerene and it's always my first port of call if I have any problems regarding micro/macro-photography......Take a look at some of the galleries there, some of the work will blow you away! Hey you might even find some of my "specials" in there if you look close enough, but I don't advertise my work in there Wink

I know Pete don't take too kindly to us promoting other sites within the forums, but if you're seriously into the micro/macro side of things it's a fabulous resource and I can't recommend it highly enough. EPZ great as it is doesn't quite cater for us specialist nutcases Sad

Right I'm off to play with a Universe Kogaku America X20 objective I've recently laid my hands on from buying on Ebay for less than 20.......Bargain!!! Tongue
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2013 7:06AM

Quote:EPZ great as it is doesn't quite cater for us specialist nutcases Sad



That's why they have the NHS Ade! Tongue

People do tend to look at us "macro-nuts" in a funny way when they see us at work though, don't they Grin

The usual questions are, "What are you doing?" then, with a slightly nervous look, "Why?"
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
13 Jun 2013 7:16AM

Quote:People do tend to look at us "macro-nuts" in a funny way when they see us at work though, don't they Grin


One could say, we look at you very closely.Tongue Do you feel like you're under a microscope?Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
13 Jun 2013 7:19AM
I remember doing a little bit of research on the subject several years ago, and I think it was as a result of seeing some equipment on the Olympus ebay store.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
13 Jun 2013 8:33AM

Quote:The usual questions are, "What are you doing?" then, with a slightly nervous look, "Why?"


Usually asked when I crawling around on my hands and knees trying to find a invertebrate specimen of some description or another Blush


Quote:I remember doing a little bit of research on the subject several years ago, and I think it was as a result of seeing some equipment on the Olympus ebay store


It's where I've found most of my bits & bobs over the years, a simple search on there for "microscope objective lenses" Or "microscope SLR adapters" will normally bring up a whole load of bargains if you know what you're looking for? Smile A lot of folk can be put off by going down this route with their macro/micro photography because of the fact you have to use the kit in full manual control and admittedly it can be quite a challenge, but with the good focus rails and racks now available some really great imagery can be made with a little patience and perseverance........If you're a lazy beggar that constantly relies on their cameras autofocus system and aperture control to take images, forget it! Tongue
bmh1 e2
8 571 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2013 6:03PM
Thanks for the link Ade it looks like a very useful site, I'll start having a look and see what they suggest ...

I am trying to narrow down exactly what I would want from a microscope and so far I have:

Magnification up to 1000x-1500x
DIN objectives so I can replace/upgrade as needed.
LED light source so I don't cook the subject Grin
Monocular with teaching head - some have a vertical tube which a camera can be attached to while looking though the eye-piece, this seems *a lot* cheaper than a trinocular microscope ...
Mechanical stage.

It looks like most of the microscopes in my price range are called 'student biological' microscopes ...

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