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by Cyclops
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Illumination Techniques
Topic: Using polarizers
Replies: 4
Views: 2280

Using polarizers

I was given a pair of 30.5mm polarisers, and when put together one way and rotated they act like polarisers that I'm familiar with on my camera, reducing reflections. But if I swap them around then look through them I see colours. So I tried them on my scope, placing one on the built in lamp and one...
by Cyclops
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Resources (online, books etc.)
Topic: You need to purchase this Book
Replies: 9
Views: 3107

Re: You need to purchase this Book

This book is supposed to be one of the best with beautiful fold-out illustrations. Price is a bit high though... https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7999179707&searchurl=prl%3D10.00%26sortby%3D1%26tn%3Dmicrographia%26recentlyadded%3Dall https://pictures.abebooks.com/WPWATSON/799917970...
by Cyclops
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

But I also like this scope. ..
by Cyclops
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

Hello, I am not sure what you mean by "low power". Your stand's specs claim you have a 4x objective.. That is pretty low, and standard.. I could not find anything on the tube length, but it should be marked on the objectives.. BillT Yes everything is standard, 160 tube length. But I'm more interest...
by Cyclops
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Jumping spider - Sitticus Terebratus
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: Jumping spider - Sitticus Terebratus

Superb shots!
by Cyclops
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

billbillt wrote:"Use it up, wear it our, make it do, or do without"

BillT
About sums it up! What I really want is low power, but I can't afford a new scope, plus low power scopes are binocular, and I only see through my right eye, hence the choice of a monocular scope
by Cyclops
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

I really don't want to mess with it any further, I just want to get on with observing. It looks as tho the previous owner tried to do some adjusting on it and it went wrong, or its been dropped at some point. Either way it works as an amateur scope, it's just little niggles and I can't afford to hav...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

apochronaut wrote:So, the stage is moving laterally when you fine focus?
It's more of a judder. Like if someone tapped the scope while you were viewing and everything moves briefly
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Simocephalus Vetulus
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Simocephalus Vetulus

Fantastic imaged!
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Specimens, samples and slides
Topic: Finding micro life in soil
Replies: 6
Views: 2258

Re: Finding micro life in soil

A good idea, for those that don't have their own pond full of microorganisms, is to make a miniature one, at least for water organisms. I have found that this works well: get one of those terra-cotta trays sold for drip trays for large planter pots; a good size is 3-4" deep and 18-24" in diameter. ...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

This is a picture of a scope very similar to mine, from the same company. The red arrow points to the bottom screw that is easy to get to when the focus rail is racked up. The orange zigzag shows the area of movement (also on the opposite side of course). Imagine a piece of wood attached to a board ...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: How to make my stage more solid?.

Do you have any photos of this you can post?.. BillT I'll see if I can get photos tomorrow, but basically the mechanism that moves​ the condenser up and down, a rack and pinion device, pretty standard I assume, attaches to the stand by two Alan keys, one at the bottom of the rack and pinion and one...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: How to make my stage more solid?.
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

How to make my stage more solid?.

Tho I love this scope, and realise it was a bargain buy (and it was second hand) the stage isn't totally solid. There's play in the block that holds the condenser and that connects the whole lot to the stand, yet the screws are tight. Last time I messed around with it to sort out the condenser misal...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Specimens, samples and slides
Topic: Finding micro life in soil
Replies: 6
Views: 2258

Re: Finding micro life in soil

Peter wrote:Hi Cyclops,
The water in the dish under a potted plant is usually a good source of soil microorganisms.
Peter.
Thanks, I never thought of that, and I'm a big plant grower!
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Specimens, samples and slides
Topic: Finding micro life in soil
Replies: 6
Views: 2258

Finding micro life in soil

I've been away from microscopy for too long, and I want to get back into peering at paramecium and co, but how to go about finding them? I remember seeing water bears from wet moss years ago but I don't have much chance to travel and am on a very tight budget so what else can I expect to find within...
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Resources (online, books etc.)
Topic: You need to purchase this Book
Replies: 9
Views: 3107

Re: You need to purchase this Book

Is this book relevant to those of us in the UK? I need a book on rotifers and such.
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Litonotus hunts and eats 2 ciliates
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Re: Litonotus hunts and eats 2 ciliates

That is a fantastic example of natural history behaviour study! Well captured and great to see!
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Aigrettes de Pissenlit
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: Aigrettes de Pissenlit

Tres bien! I do not know what aigrettes are. Google translate says Egret, which is a bird. Are they seed plumes?
by Cyclops
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pine Pollen at 400x
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Pine Pollen at 400x

From an old prepared slide, WF 10x / 40x

ImagePine Pollen by Larry Shone, on Flickr
by Cyclops
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Fern sporangia
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Re: Fern sporangia

Thanks Rodney
by Cyclops
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Fern sporangia
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Re: Fern sporangia

Thanks Bill
by Cyclops
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Fern sporangia
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Fern sporangia

I forget the magnification (I need to make notes!) But I used my compact held onto the eyepiece, my default method, and cropped it later to get a rectangular image, which of course affects the final magnification a little. The CA isn't evident until I take the shot so it must be the camera lens affe...
by Cyclops
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Illumination Techniques
Topic: Polarization Contrast Lighting Technique
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

Re: Polarization Contrast Lighting Technique

I have a couple of polarizers with a 30.5mm thread that a friend sent me years ago, I might try them with my new scope, tho fitting one above the subject could prove fun, unless I simply sit it on top of the eyepiece. But how well would pol work for say pond life? Regarding the pols I notice when sc...
by Cyclops
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Little pink aliens
Replies: 2
Views: 683

Re: Little pink aliens

Lol thanks Jim
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: About the website, the magazine and this forum
Topic: October Magazine (54)
Replies: 4
Views: 6143

Re: October Magazine (54)

Downloaded!
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: About the website, the magazine and this forum
Topic: October Magazine (54)
Replies: 4
Views: 6143

Re: October Magazine (54)

75RR wrote:
Is the magazine a print magazine, or just online?
Both I think - or so it was

http://www.microbehunter.com/microbehunter-magazine/
Thanks!
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: My microscope
Topic: From Russia With Love
Replies: 53
Views: 14469

Re: From Russia With Love

Nozdrovye tovariche!
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Feuille de Pissenlit
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Feuille de Pissenlit

I had to use Google translate as I don't speak fluent french-dandelion leaf!
Very nice set of images. Tres bien!
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: My microscope
Topic: Got a new scope!
Replies: 5
Views: 2336

Re: Got a new scope!

75RR wrote:Congratulations

I seem to recall that your previous one was also a monocular - do you prefer them?
I can only see through one eye so a binocular would be wasted.
by Cyclops
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: About the website, the magazine and this forum
Topic: October Magazine (54)
Replies: 4
Views: 6143

Re: October Magazine (54)

Is the magazine a print magazine, or just online?