AMSCOPE 490 series

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AMSCOPE 490 series

#1 Post by starguy75 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:13 pm

Hi.. I have an AMSCOPE 490 series telescope I bought many years ago which is just sitting on a desk under its protective cover, what can I do with it? Its my days off from work today and tomorow and wanted to look at realy cool things, so far i looked at salt and pond water and onion skin I think.. what are other ideas of something I should have at home?

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#2 Post by deBult » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:32 pm

You may try some of the (now polluted) water from a flower vase.

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#3 Post by starguy75 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:47 pm

thanks but I don't happen to have one in my apartment

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#4 Post by Scarodactyl » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:53 pm

If it has a 4x objective you can look at anything with that, prep or no prep, since it doesn't require a cover slip. Reflected light (a flexible gooseneck led lamp is good for this but even a flashlight will do) can give you a whole mew range of subjects to look at.

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#5 Post by starguy75 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:03 pm

Yes I just checked and it has a 4x objective lens, give me some examples of interesting things I can put under? like celery for example?

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#6 Post by Rossf » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:59 am

If you find any spiderwebs in your home that’s a good one-stray hairs from a brush or comb,fabrics,especially synthetic ones with interesting weave patterns-if you’ve got a small healing wound on your finger that can be really interesting-can see the layers of skin forming-in incidental light-(ie near a window)-there’s a few ideas
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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#7 Post by Rossf » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:59 am

Oh and celery!

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#8 Post by Maryfox » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:15 pm

Just about anything in your fridge or cupboard. Aspirin, starchy foods, dust, cheek swab, blood if you happen to have a cut, fabrics, paper towels, your fingerprint on tape, greenery around your apartment building, and the list goes on. My microscope is of the same 490 series and I've had lots of fun with it

Here's a link that will give you some other ideas.https://rsscience.com/microscope-activity/

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#9 Post by Numanoid » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:52 pm

Honey!

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Re: AMSCOPE 490 series

#10 Post by DrPhoxinus » Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:04 pm

Salt crystals, particularly in different modes of light are worth a look.

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