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by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

there is a zeiss on ebay, although unsure whether its suitable for imaging, or if a trinocular can be added.... its UK though and looks in good nick a few objectives etc. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Carl-Zeiss-Standard-16-Bright-Dark-Field-Microscope-/142412900609?hash=item2128786901:g:zisAAOSwbtVZPvJa
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

thanks guys - yeah it would seem nothing is ever easy when it comes to trying to buy optical equipment on a budget. :P It took me 3 years to build up my astro setup, and even then its still quite a basic rig.. I think i might just offer that ebay fella some money for the BH2 that recently went unsol...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

with brunel they are showing the prices before tax and shipping - once you add the zeiss to the basket its 400, rather than 340. Not gone through far enough in the checkout process to get the shipping added on yet, could be another additional cost still to come. I don't think its a bad deal as such,...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Cool, thank you, very helpful info :) As much as i'd love an old style zeiss i'm thinking there might be a few unknowns involved in buying it - i don't know for sure, but i'd likely feel more comfortable buying something like that if i knew more about the subject and could think on my feet if the sc...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Sorry, the T490B


- not sure the difference, linked below in case it helps



https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Lab-Scientif ... 43&sr=8-10
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Great advice. Thank you :) I did take a look at the zeiss models, they (zeiss) are usually known for good optics. :) When you say late, do you mean the lower quality ones from the end of the period? If the brunel zeiss models don't fit the bill for whatever reason, is the link below show any promise...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Awesome thank you :) Very much appreciated. I was actually just watching the eBay auction for a BH2 - was very tempting but I wasn't 100% sure that it was a. A good price (400GBP) and b. Whether the objectives were any good or if the bino head would be sufficient. I like the easy to follow criteria ...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

This place looks good - mostly because its got ex-lab equipment, and is based (at least partly) in the UK. The nikon look and sound good, but i only go by looks alone at the moment, until i can learn a bit more :) however I noticed the above mentioned Labophot - if that's said to be similar or at l...
by Aenima
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Ahh cool. Sorry, I realised afterward, I hadn't been very clear with a lot of the posts in the thread and wasn't sure if we were on the same page. As a noob I'll likely be sticking to the quick and simple approach to most things, including using a Colour camera. But I appreciate the suggestion of us...
by Aenima
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

"I actually saw some really nice images that were in black and white on the Krebsmicro page so it might be a possible use for my mono CCD." Mono chrome photos are easily converted from color by most free photo editing programs... BillT Thanks. The mono idea was more for a camera with a mono sensor ...
by Aenima
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Awesome - more great info - thanks muchly :) I actually saw some really nice images that were in black and white on the Krebsmicro page so it might be a possible use for my mono CCD. I was considering the eBay listing of the BH2 that had the American plug (the transformers seem inexpensive) for 200 ...
by Aenima
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Yeah, i don't think there's a way to get immediate colour from the mono cams - usually ppl spend ages gathering the luminance, hi quality detail, then a short burst of filtered shots to blend into colour that will be layered in processing later. I have a 1000D and a nikon d3100 at the moment (oh and...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

thanks zzffnn - :) I'm thinking despite not knowing the exact ins and outs i will still head toward getting the olympus, and worry about the fine details later :D Regarding vibration i think some of that can be reduced at the camera end, avoiding mirror slap with DSLRs maybe by using a CCD with elec...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

You do not have to add any of the fancy and fun things to it at the beginning. You don't even have to add a camera at first - just look thought it and learn to use it. A camera only captures what you have managed to 'see' with the microscope. Learning to use a microscope (any microscope) is a skill...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Thank you for the replies and links :) Wow, that guys site has some great images! I may be speaking prematurely here, but his setup looks - and sounds - complicated. Even after absorbing some of the terms and equipment basics, i'm thinking... 'i'm gonna struggle..." lol :) I am worried you guys are ...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Cool. Thanks guys great info. :) I think it's worth waiting around for the right model to turn up in good condition from somewhere reputable like Brunel. I'm realising similar looking scopes might come up short when doing specific tasks. So yeah will avoid trying to widen the search too much and loo...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

This place looks good - mostly because its got ex-lab equipment, and is based (at least partly) in the UK. The nikon look and sound good, but i only go by looks alone at the moment, until i can learn a bit more :) however I noticed the above mentioned Labophot - if that's said to be similar or at le...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

i doubt just having a trinocular for a camera will automatically make it a good choice :P I could be looking at terrible scopes and not know it, so this is a shot in the dark link, feel free to thumbs down, Being abroad i'm not sure i'd want to buy from these - however, knowing if its a good scope o...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

One thing I am wondering is whether these Olympus BH2 have equivalents or similar scopes that will also be worth looking Into?
They seemed a bit scarce and I am curious if other makes or models would do similar things but be easier to find?
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Yes that's a good point :) I'm not sure what happened to my original link - I think it may be the one you mentioned if it was from the same seller. I've seen a few on EBay that I thought might be worth a second look and probably confused the two. ☺ So yeah good advice regarding the postage and havin...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

Re: First microscope advice

Here was a olympus bh2 or very close, and was both affordable and in working order, as well as being in the UK. I noticed it had no objectives, but they are the screw-in fitting and the guy said he might have the other parts in a separate listing, so its probably not a big deal to have no objectives...
by Aenima
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: First microscope advice
Replies: 72
Views: 8886

First microscope advice

Hi again, I recently posted in the introduction thread (newbie to it all) and received some great advice as well as warm welcome which was awesome :) If it's ok I would like to try and expand on the post and get a little more insight? Any feedback or assistance greatly appreciated. Now I'm hoping to...
by Aenima
Fri May 12, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Awesome, thanks guys :) Just what i needed, an example of the equipment, a name and model for comparison and research - excellent thank you. BTW those images in the link look amazing, way better than i expect to manage at first, and great image quality from what i can tell. I'll have to fully check ...
by Aenima
Fri May 12, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

No problem :) I was gonna ask, while i'm here, do you mind giving a few links to examples of suitable microscope that you would recommend as good place to start? Say for approx budget of around 200-300? £ or $ whatever its easiest to work in :) I'll happily look at used or new, its just to give me a...
by Aenima
Fri May 12, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Hot and humid isn't ideal, but it won't be a deal breaker - and if you have high light pollution you can still do deep sky imaging, but with narrowband filters and long exposures - this will give you great contrast and make light pollution pretty insignificant actually. You'll need a good mount, thi...
by Aenima
Fri May 12, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Cheers. something to consider :) As far as easy to use goes, i think what i mean is the techniques involved in getting a result - hopefully i can avoid rough treatment or twisting something the wrong way :P I will likely get a couple hundred gpb for my telescope, so will probably have a budget aroun...
by Aenima
Thu May 11, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Thanks, good info :) Just saw your flickr shots :o Amazing images, and i've seen a handful so far :) I think the main points i need are - easy to use for beginners, good compromise of budget and quality, usable for photography if possible, versatile range I realise some of those might mutually exclu...
by Aenima
Thu May 11, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Wow, nice image indeed! Looks like similar examples from the golden ratio spiral - like the fractal thingy where patterns repeat from the micro scale to the massive scale, say in crystals and mountains. So yeah, thats a fantastic image, and very interesting - i saw the diatom shots too - i guess dar...
by Aenima
Thu May 11, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Yeah, i would think, until i actually try it - and figure out what appeals, i should aim to cover a wide range - all of the above. My current interest is obtaining striking images - at the cost of visual observing, when it comes to astro. I can imagine a similar scenario unfolding with microscopy, b...
by Aenima
Thu May 11, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Newbie to it all :)
Replies: 34
Views: 5622

Re: Newbie to it all :)

Jay, Most serious macro / micro photographers use compound microscope objectives for high magnification (>=3x on sensor) and macro lens or reversed copy/enlarger lens for <= 2x on sensor. For mineral micro clusters, magnification ranges from 0.5x to 20x on sensor, but mostly 0.5x-5x on sensor. You ...