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by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Stereo Triocular or Binocular

Hmm!!, you guys have got me thinking now, and that imaging through a stereo microscope might be a bit disappointing to me as serious amateur photographer :? I was only thinking of spending around £500 on a scope (new of course ;) ), so perhaps getting low power plan objective for the main scope, say...
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Stereo Triocular or Binocular

Thanks for that info 'scaro'.
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Stereo Triocular or Binocular

Yes Bob, it would basically be an extension of my macro photography, into the realm of 'extreme macro. I would use the same APS-C DSLR that I use with the compound microscope. I know to avoid twin objective Greenough design, as apparently this is not ideal for photography, and the CMO design which u...
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Stereo Triocular or Binocular

Hmm!!, I think it wise to opt for a Trioc John. I have to say, that I have only ever seen pictures of Smart Phones attached to the eyepiece tube on a stereo scope. So having made that decision, the next consideration is, a stereo scope with fixed magnification, or one of the zoom variety. As a photo...
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Stereo Triocular or Binocular

My Full Frame EOS 5d MklV most certainly would be, but I bought a lightweight EOS 4000d (APS-C) specifically for use with my triocular compound microscope, so maybe it might be a possibility with a stereo scope. I'll interested in what the guys here are using, if they have a stereo scope.
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Romania
Replies: 4
Views: 2026

Re: Hello from Romania

Hi Adrian, and welcome.
by Dave S
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Stereo Triocular or Binocular
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Stereo Triocular or Binocular

I am considering adding a Stereo Microscope to compliment my high power Triocular Compound Microscope. For imaging purposes, do I need to buy a more expensive Triocular model, or can you get by with a binocular model, by substituting one eyepiece with a camera. I would plan to use my EOS 4000d DSLR,...
by Dave S
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Home-made microscope adaptations
Topic: EOS 4000D modification
Replies: 5
Views: 2934

Re: EOS 4000D modification

Thanks for that Dave. I was about to make a dummy battery and install it using a similar slot for the cable, something I've previously done on a camcorder for my son. I didn't realize that dummy batteries were commercially available but will certainly make use of one now. Tom W. This is the one I b...
by Dave S
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Thanks Bob, Michael, 'scaro', David, and Viktor, for your input. Much appreciated. I do have a server based photo storage facility at Google Photos, but only use this for my micro images, and these experimental ones weren't worth saving. I won't use the GIF format anymore for direct uploads, but 'Sa...
by Dave S
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Home-made microscope adaptations
Topic: EOS 4000D modification
Replies: 5
Views: 2934

EOS 4000D modification

I bought an EOS 4000d camera, specifically for use with the microscope, because while not expensive, it has a 18Mp APS-C sensor, is relatively small, made of lightweight plastic, unlike my EOS 5d MklV, which is big, heavy, and expensive. Using the 4000d on battery was likely to prove a bit of a pain...
by Dave S
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

That is true Viktor, but we only get 512k here for images. I resized the jpegs down three times and they were still too big, so I got fed up with it, and GIF'd them :lol:
by Dave S
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Thanks Michael, certainly a step forward, room for improvement, but encouraging. :)
by Dave S
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Some success with Picolay. 14 images taken at different focus points, and stacked Two images shown, one of the individual images from the un-stacked bunch, and one with the 14 images stacked in Picolay. I have shrunk them down to small GIFs for direct posting here. There is some false colour aberrat...
by Dave S
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Thanks for that info Viktor, much appreciated.
by Dave S
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

It was a quick 'rough & ready' assessment, with what I could lay may hands on at the time, and a dead wasp just happened be on the window ledge (lol). I have 30 days to try Helicon, will likely get the same with Zerene, and of course, I have the free Picolay. I might even try CombineZP, another 'fre...
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

It has to be worth a try Michael, albeit from what I read from various reviews, there seems to be little to choose between Helicon and Zerene. Having CS6 I really don't need all the processing bits that Zerene and Helicon offer, more a simple alignment and stacking program. Maybe given that Helicon ...
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Hmm!!, better alignment with Helicon, but not impressed with the final stacked image. I'll look to find a different specimen, and have another 'play' tomorrow.
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Well, I gave it a try Bob, and it made a brave effort but there was a lot of misaligned detail in the final stacked image. Maybe I was expecting too much of it, as the variation in focus points across image, was quite significant. I found a dead Wasp. pulled off a wing, and put it on a slide, under ...
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Re: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

Thanks Bob, well it costs nothing to try it then :)

I note from previous discussions that some people like Helicon, while others like Zerene, but none of them are as cheap as the Picolay that you suggest. :D
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Digital processing
Topic: Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 5507

Photoshop CS6 v Helicon v Zerene,and the rest

I note that this subject was discussed here back in 2018, resulting in some mixed opinions. As there will have been much water passed under the bridge since then, I am very interested in the current thinking among you guys, when it comes to stacking software. I have Photoshop CS6, and Lightroom 5. I...
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Microscope Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2686

Re: Microscope Upgrade

Thanks John, I look forward 'putting it through it's paces' :)
by Dave S
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Microscope Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2686

Re: Microscope Upgrade

The Brunel SP100 arrived today, my initial impressions are, well engineered, and solidly built. The focus control is very positive, and very smooth, with a very comfortable to use fine focus control. The Stage and Condenser controls, are equally positive an smooth. The Plan objectives produce visual...
by Dave S
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Connecting dslr camera to trinocular tube
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Re: Connecting dslr camera to trinocular tube

Have a look at my 'thread[ at http://www.microbehunter.com/microscopy-forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&start=150 It follows my journey through the trials and tribulations along the road to being able to successfully image via the 'photo tube' of a Trioc microscope. Its a very long 'thread', but the so...
by Dave S
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: About the website, the magazine and this forum
Topic: Forum Etiquette
Replies: 14
Views: 9251

Re: Forum Etiquette

No, I didn't notice the date, but no harm done, and the moral of the story is still valid.

As for not noticing the date of the original 'Thread', put that down to a 'senior moment'. :)
by Dave S
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Mansfield UK
Replies: 8
Views: 2115

Re: Hello from Mansfield UK

Hi Mark, and welcome, from another relative newcomer to the hobby. Also a one time, a serious astro-imager, which sadly I had to give up (https://davesimaging.wixsite.com/mysite)

BTW, don't be put off by the fact that there are only a handful of members here, that will bother to say hello. :roll:
by Dave S
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: About the website, the magazine and this forum
Topic: Forum Etiquette
Replies: 14
Views: 9251

Re: Forum Etiquette

Steady on guys, or this could end like many Facebook Groups, that mimic the "Jeremy Kyle Show" ;)

Apologies to our non UK members who wouldn't understand the reference to the Jeremy Kyle show. :)
by Dave S
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: What was your First Microscope?
Replies: 14
Views: 1720

Re: What was your First Microscope?

My first Microscope was purchased around 1957/58, and it cost £12. Can't remember the name, but it was all metal construction, and step above the toy plastic ones. At this time I was earning around £4 per week, so it was 3 weeks wages to buy it :o My biggest fascination was putting some Hay in a bow...
by Dave S
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Feeling much more comfortable here
Replies: 2
Views: 2504

Re: Feeling much more comfortable here

I look forward to doing that Bob.
by Dave S
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Feeling much more comfortable here
Replies: 2
Views: 2504

Feeling much more comfortable here

While being a serious amateur photographer, I see microscopy as more of a fascinating, and enjoyable pass time, and as such do not buy second hand premium brand microscopes, but new sub £1k Chinese microscopes. I started out with a Chinese Trioc, with achromatic optics, and have now moved up to a hi...
by Dave S
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Microscope Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2686

Re: Microscope Upgrade

Hi John, yes it is the SP100. I thought about the SP150, and SP200, but as I won't be doing any of the more specialised stuff, such as Fluorescence etc, I decided that I didn't need to go to the extra expense of infinity corrected optics, and that 160mm Plan optics would be adequate for my needs. Ha...