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by mrsonchus
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Cheers from Virginia, USA
Replies: 9
Views: 2883

Re: Cheers from Virginia, USA

Welcome Charles to this fine forum. Look forward to your tales.
by mrsonchus
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Attempting Rheinberg-- first steps
Replies: 13
Views: 4038

Re: Attempting Rheinberg-- first steps

Wow - what a great start! Really good result - you've gone and made me want to have another go at it too...
Thanks for the super post. :D
by mrsonchus
Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Good but affordable microscope brand?
Replies: 35
Views: 10580

Re: Good but affordable microscope brand?

Hi, just looked at the Motic and I also notice it has no field iris - without it no Kohler.. To me the Motic doesn't look very impressive for the price, plan lenses are a significant improvement over std achromats - much larger flat (i.e. focused) FOV - I know this as I've recently upgraded too. It ...
by mrsonchus
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Getting a microscope.
Replies: 5
Views: 2446

Re: Getting a microscope.

Thanks for that - certainly will order after your feedback. And likely start counting the days - it'll probably take 3-4 to arrive. In the beginning I'II stick to what is hopefully fairly simple stuff, like looking for mould fungi. I should think bacteria identification, even genus, is generally mo...
by mrsonchus
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Good but affordable microscope brand?
Replies: 35
Views: 10580

Re: Good but affordable microscope brand?

Looks a beauty to me! You're going to have a fantastic time getting to grips with this beast! Enjoy and post!
by mrsonchus
Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Cyanobacteria (video < 1 min)
Replies: 10
Views: 1884

Re: Cyanobacteria (video < 1 min)

No banding for me - plays perfectly with the (built-in) Chrome flash player. Fantastic video. Stunning clarity.
by mrsonchus
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Getting a microscope.
Replies: 5
Views: 2446

Re: Getting a microscope.

Hi, I have just bought (only a few weeks ago) a 'scope from Brunel - I live in Cumbria in the UK. I had chosen the SP150 for the same reasons you have - only problem was that they had none for about 2 weeks, so I went for the next 'scope up - the SP200. I can tell you with absolute conviction that B...
by mrsonchus
Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Dragon Tree Plant Section
Replies: 10
Views: 1847

Re: Dragon Tree Plant Section

Love these sections - they really look thin too. Very interesting to see the red in a clearly organised arrangement within the tissue. I'd love to 'drill down' and investigate! p.s. I've bought a very basic 'bench microtome' (really just a piston in a tube I think) but I'm hoping to start making sec...
by mrsonchus
Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Onion cell-edges look 3D
Replies: 5
Views: 1205

Onion cell-edges look 3D

Just a quickie of an interesting part of one of my onion slides.... The cut-edge of the piece of epidermis (cut for size etc) at the top seems to show the cells as 3D 'boxes', which I suppose they are. I've never seen this view before and it has given me a new insight into viewing the '2D' images of...
by mrsonchus
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Aile de papillon
Replies: 8
Views: 1458

Re: Aile de papillon

Excellent and fascinating pictures - I wish I could do this well....
Superb.
by mrsonchus
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Aile de papillon
Replies: 8
Views: 1458

Re: Aile de papillon

These are superb - clear, interesting and really well composed. Lovely series, great presentation.
Thanks for posting.
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!
Replies: 10
Views: 3529

Re: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!

The previous test the stage movement was rather linear. Down, accross 1, up. This test I randomly took photos around approximately the same area. Aha - I've been over-complicating things (as usual!)... Following your advice I simply put the images into ICE, selected the 'simple panorama' and has a ...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope
Replies: 15
Views: 4429

Re: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope

The Meiji MA986 1.9x adapter is available for much less than £300 . I found these two sites with competitive pricing http://www.microscope.com/accessories/auxiliary-barlow-lens/meiji-techno-ma986-photo-eyepiece-1-9x.html http://www.opspe.co.uk/IMG/slr_attachment.html The UK site is offering the MA ...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!
Replies: 10
Views: 3529

Re: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!

I'm getting something wrong - please tell me again what order you took the photo's in.... Did you do the L->R down, L->R etc or the L-R down, R-L down, L-R etc? It looks like a very good program - it's very fast too. I'll get the hang of it - maybe I'll take a fresh series and have another go! Many ...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pencil wood-shavings
Replies: 21
Views: 3096

Re: Pencil wood-shavings

This is a great post - very interesting & inspiring. I think the pits surround inter-cellular channels called 'plasmodesmata' (pl). I've just about been able to see them between onion epidermis cells at 400x upwards - they're really hard to spot in the trusty onion. Thanks for the post & the great i...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Any experience with a Canon XTi?
Replies: 54
Views: 10831

Re: Any experience with a Canon XTi?

Crater Eddie: I have my Canon XS mounted on the B & L which has the same focusing method as your microscope. The optics are moved up and down, not the stage. Any vibration from the DSLR comes from the mirror going up and down. Canon cameras with Live view employ an electronic first shutter curtain....
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Rotifer
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Re: Rotifer

Great pseudo-3D - I've got to give this a try. Thanks for the post.
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope
Replies: 15
Views: 4429

Re: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope

The Meiji 2.5x PE is the wrong eyepiece for your APSC camera. The 2.5x is meant for full frame sensors. Your APSC sensor should have approx. a 1.6x magnification. Using a standard 10x eyepiece is way too large for your camera. I use a Meiji 2.5x with my Canon 5D MkII and it fills the sensor perfect...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!
Replies: 10
Views: 3529

Re: Photoshop E9 is unbelievably good at stitching!

Stitching mega photos for free. You really should try the new Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE). It does a much better job than Photoshop. It handles more photos, they do not have to be in any sequence and the new content aware fill is fantastic. Microsoft ICE download. Hi, I've spent 1/2hr tr...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Twiggy
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: Twiggy

Lovely images - really colourful and clear. Makes me want to have a go at sectioning!
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:48 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Shamrock pollen through different mag. eyepieces.
Replies: 5
Views: 1164

Re: Shamrock pollen through different mag. eyepieces.

About CombineZP. It is free and the last version is available from CombineZP download I run the All macros routine and then save the best of the six methods. The measurement software is called DigCam from Science 4 All . It is donation ware and works quite well. That's great - got them both now - I...
by mrsonchus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Shamrock pollen through different mag. eyepieces.
Replies: 5
Views: 1164

Re: Shamrock pollen through different mag. eyepieces.

Beautiful images, great texture from the stacking. What version of combineZP are you using and how do you find it in general - these results look good enough to justify buying it....
by mrsonchus
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba (short video)
Replies: 8
Views: 1465

Re: Amoeba (short video)

Excellent - so clear. Mesmerizing to watch!
by mrsonchus
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Sporange de fougère
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Sporange de fougère

Simply superb images - I love them.
by mrsonchus
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: A few shots from the "Dad's pond" culture jar
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: A few shots from the "Dad's pond" culture jar

These are amazing - I love these! I'm going to our daughter's this afternoon and I'm DEFINITELY going to have a dip into her pond.... My Wife thinks I've gone mad - hahahahahah........
Many thanks for this post.
by mrsonchus
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pine Cone Revisited
Replies: 13
Views: 3192

Re: Pine Cone Revisited

Superb, looks like a really pro-job. Many thanks, like the picture of the cone too. This is one for my list (ever growing) of things to try!
Thanks for the post.
by mrsonchus
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Pine Cone Revisited
Replies: 13
Views: 3192

Re: Pine Cone Revisited

Very good and interesting images. Can you give an idea of the orientation of the sections i.e. which part of the cone we are seeing?
Thanks for the post.
by mrsonchus
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope
Replies: 15
Views: 4429

Re: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope

I also meant to say (but forgot) that all your images above are very good, although I think the one with the Meiji lens was my favorite. Thanks, yes I agree, the Meiji (discounting the speckles) is just a more satisfying image to my eyes. I see it as better clarity, better colour and it definitely ...
by mrsonchus
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Stacks of Pollen
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Stacks of Pollen

Hi all, crocuses are up in the garden so I had a go at a very quick stack: websize_crocus_stamen_2.jpg Tomorrow I'm going to try a 'proper' stack - see if I can improve on this a bit... This is a pollen grain with it's pollen-tube entering the top of the stigma. websize_crocus_pollen_tube_meets_stig...
by mrsonchus
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope
Replies: 15
Views: 4429

Re: Direct comparison of eyepieces between camera & 'scope

Well, I've cleaned the grime and speckles from the Meiji and have decided what I'm going to do. The Meiji is a beautiful and well matched choice for my system and I'm going to keep and use it. The x10 can go back where it lives in the Swift Collegiate 400 - this is up for sale now - cheap if you're ...