Hello from Portsmouth Virginia!

What is your microscopy history? What are your interests? What equipment do you use?
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Hello from Portsmouth Virginia!

#1 Post by rmcnelly » Sat May 30, 2020 6:59 pm

Hello from Portsmouth Virginia!

I’m an amateur photographer and dabble some in astronomy, and just became interested in the amazing world viewed through microscopes.

I’m just watching YouTube videos and reading forum posts for now. With my background with photography I’m sure I’ll want to get a trinocular microscope.

I know folks recommend getting an older well established scope, but I’ve seen a listing for a lightly used Amscope T490B, with Amscope MU300 3.0MP microscope Digital Camera.
Amscope PS100A Prepared Microscope Slide Set for $220. Waiting for the seller to get back to me.

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#2 Post by Zuul » Sat May 30, 2020 9:22 pm

If you are a photographer, I suspect the 3mp camera will leave you unimpressed.

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#3 Post by rmcnelly » Sun May 31, 2020 1:33 am

Yeah, I’m sure to adapt my mirror less cameras. :-)
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#4 Post by daruosha » Sun May 31, 2020 4:06 am

Welcome to the forum :)
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#5 Post by rmcnelly » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:59 pm

Well the 3MP USB Microscope camera was better than expected. USB 2.0 transfer speed made focusing difficult. These shots of sample slides were not bad to start with.

ImageFemale Mosquito 4x by Rick McNelly, on Flickr

ImageMosquito 10x by Rick McNelly, on Flickr

ImageDog tongue 10x by Rick McNelly, on Flickr
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#6 Post by 75RR » Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:02 am

I see that your microscope arrived! Hope you are finding microscopy as fun as you had hoped.

There should be a blue filter among the items that came with your microscope - it should help with the yellow cast you are getting.

+ Here is a link to a useful booklet you may not have come across: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.h ... /intro.htm

you may also want to look through the Resources (online, books etc.) section.

lots of useful info there, though in no particular order, so probably best to think of it as an Attic and rummage away!
Zeiss Standard WL (somewhat fashion challenged) & Wild M8
Olympus E-P2 (Micro Four Thirds Camera)

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#7 Post by rmcnelly » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:33 am

Thank you! I found the blue filter, and watched some of the Pippa videos. Lots to learn! :-)
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#8 Post by rmcnelly » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:43 am

Slides arrived and had my first view of pond life.

These things were fast and had wicked appendages. I found this one dormant.

ImagePond life by Rick McNelly, on Flickr

Other stuff...

ImagePond life by Rick McNelly, on Flickr

Lots of these pickle shaped things moving slowly...

ImagePond life by Rick McNelly, on Flickr

ImagePond life by Rick McNelly, on Flickr
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#9 Post by Charles » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:29 pm

Welcome Rick, We're almost neighbors. I'm in Chesapeake near Deep Creek and Grassfield.

The first one looks like an ostracod. The pickle shaped things are diatoms.

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#10 Post by rmcnelly » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:07 pm

Hi Charles!

Thanks for the ID’s !
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#11 Post by rmcnelly » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:52 pm

Yes, the Ostracod looked exactly like this gif:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... 200520.gif
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