Great post! I carry a travel kit consisting of tow plankton net, handle plankton net, and scoop collector as gathering devices. Don't have a picture of my tow net, but it's similar to the handle net below, and made with a lampshade upper hoop for a frame. I also have a bag full of tools, sample containers, and note-taking stuff. Also carry an AO Series 10 microscope with dissecting kit and other supplies that fit in the travel case.
I make plankton nets fairly easily with filter mesh from the swim pool supply store and an old sewing machine. A variety of hoops can be fashioned, my favorite travel rig uses a section of 5.5"x5.5" (14x14 cm) PVC fence post cover (that I bought to make a sewer hose carrier for my travel trailer). A world of possibilities abound for collection bottles, but this one's a prescription pill bottle. Just takes a bit of imagination to connect the parts together. A collapsible golf ball retriever that extends to ten feet (3 m) serves as the bridge between land and sea, as it were.
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Here's another golf ball retriever that works well for attaching an Eppendorf tube for scrape or bottom sampling. Attaching the tube with a velcro cord organizer may look iffy, but it works perfectly.
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My cordless battery powered, LED converted, AO Series 10 scope with POL and bright phase contrast.
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And here we are in the field, doing our thing. I spend a couple-few months a year living the nomadic life doing volunteer work for museums and historic sites. Microscopy provides after-hours amusement, with diatoms being my primary area of interest.
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