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by Stomias
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Advice on buying Stereo Microscope
Replies: 44
Views: 3137

Re: Advice on buying Stereo Microscope

Bought one of these for $90. https://photos.app.goo.gl/2cMWjwm9yEagkpoH9 Had 10x eyepieces and 1x and 2x objectives. Found a 3x objective for it for $25. The objective actually came with another AO 25 body and 6 eyepieces (20x and 15X) I have since bought 5X and 20x eyepieces. I now have 5X-60X magn...
by Stomias
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Hi I am new but have microscope problems already
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: Hi I am new but have microscope problems already

It's not a question of "build quality" when it comes to optical coatings. They are fragile on even the most expensive optics! I have telescope eyepieces that cost 2 times what that microscope cost. You best believe that cleaning them with ANYTHING is a last resort and when done is done with great ca...
by Stomias
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: 2 ways to get 200X
Replies: 20
Views: 825

Re: 2 ways to get 200X

Yeah, my B&L 20X eyepieces are OK but there is a noticeable drop in image quality. Fortunately my scope came with a five hole nosepiece with 5 objectives. I was looking around at 60x objectives too. I have yet to use my 100x objective and thought a 60x might be more useful. I also have 15x eyepieces.
by Stomias
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Test subject for objectives
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Test subject for objectives

Very impressive!
by Stomias
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Microscopy accessories
Topic: Counting chambers
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Counting chambers

Long ago I did WBC counts with them
by Stomias
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: New member with an old question
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: New member with an old question

I've given my advice limited to my own beginners experience. I bought one of these a couple of months ago. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Reichert-Microstar-IV-Model-410-10X-40X-100X-Model-410-Microscope/324512147615?hash=item4b8e6e689f:g:V-YAAOSwta1gRjwQ Mine had all 5 objective spots filled and has been...
by Stomias
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Rising Cam E3ISPM 20MP Test Run - A bit confused
Replies: 21
Views: 903

Re: Rising Cam E3ISPM 20MP Test Run - A bit confused

One thing I've learned from 50 years of photography (landscape, astrophotography and now microscopy), it is a black hole of money, gear and time. Light and focus are ephemeral and one must be ready for a lifetime of failures and victories. Enjoy the ride..... :)
by Stomias
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: My microscope
Topic: My very first compound microscope!
Replies: 28
Views: 1200

Re: My very first compound microscope!

Cavity slides are very useful. Do not buy the regular cavity slides, the cavity is too shallow, usually 0.5 mm. Almost useless. Spend a lot more money, well worth it, and buy deep concavity slides; these have a cavity depth of from 2.0-2.6mm. You probably need only 1 or 2 slides. example: https://w...
by Stomias
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: My microscope
Topic: My very first compound microscope!
Replies: 28
Views: 1200

Re: My very first compound microscope!

The B&L 15x gives a fine image. I am not that experienced yet but do have years of evaluating a full range of telescope eyepieces. Many of the premium telescopic eyepieces cost more than all my microscope's and their accessories combined! The B&L 20 breaks down a bit but works great on my stereo mic...
by Stomias
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: My microscope
Topic: My very first compound microscope!
Replies: 28
Views: 1200

Re: My very first compound microscope!

Glad you snagged a Microstar. Love mine....Use it every day! Mine came with 5 objectives. Really mainly use the 10 and 40. I have two other sets of eyepieces too (15x and 20x) which then gives ( 100x 400x 150x 600x 200x and 800x). Already accrued tons of accessories cause most are cheap. Will be gre...
by Stomias
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Moss ball creature in a tetra aquarium
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Moss ball creature in a tetra aquarium

Yes! Thank you....Doing some research on them now...
by Stomias
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: More from the aquarium
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: More from the aquarium

When I bumped the stage he froze....Happened a couple of times.
by Stomias
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Significance of Difference between No-Name DSLR Adapters?
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Significance of Difference between No-Name DSLR Adapters?

I bought this one....It's OK. T ring a horrible fit on my Nikon but I already had 2 others for astrophotography... https://www.ebay.com/itm/NDPL-2X-9-6X-SLR-Microscope-Eyepiece-Adapter-23-2mm-T2-for-Canon-Nikon-Camera/274139350290?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=574259496106&_trksid=p2057872.m2749...
by Stomias
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Looking to get my first compound microscope
Replies: 8
Views: 970

Re: Looking to get my first compound microscope

A month in to this for me. I have been an amateur astronomer for 50 years and HAVE found uses for telescopic 1.25" T adapters for microscopy. Hadn't even thought about trying my reducer/corrector for this though. :) I bought 2 microscopes, a Reichert Microstar IV off of ebay for $150.00. A wonderful...
by Stomias
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: For forum members who want to buy and sell equipment
Topic: AO Model? I forget which one it s but it's for sale
Replies: 28
Views: 1860

Re: AO Model? I forget which one it s but it's for sale

I have 2 '60's vintage AO Spencer Stereo microscopes (25 & 26) I used IPA on one because it had a heavy glue on the front that looked like remnants of an old badge of some kind. It came off with a bit of work with no adverse effects to the finish....Those finishes are built to last and besides a cou...
by Stomias
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Home-made microscope adaptations
Topic: Adapter for telescope can be used for microscope?
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Adapter for telescope can be used for microscope?

I have recently acquired the proper optics and tubes to use my Nikon DSLR. I have yet to get results as good as my kludged together eyepiece projection system though. I used the standard T-ring and adaptor plus the 1.25" tube used for telescope focuser insertion. It seems the 1.25" tube just fits ov...
by Stomias
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Which DSLR adapter to choose? Is the Amscope any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Which DSLR adapter to choose? Is the Amscope any good?

I have recently acquired the proper optics and tubes to use my Nikon DSLR. I have yet to get results as good as my kludged together eyepiece projection system though. I used the standard T-ring and adaptor plus the 1.25" tube used for telescope focuser insertion. It seems the 1.25" tube just fits ov...
by Stomias
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Camera systems and imaging
Topic: Using Camera without Intermediate Optics - Nikon SMZ-U
Replies: 20
Views: 7098

Re: Using Camera without Intermediate Optics - Nikon SMZ-U

I have recently acquired the proper optics and tubes to use my Nikon DSLR. I have yet to get results as good as my kludged together eyepiece projection system though. I used the standard T-ring and adaptor plus the 1.25" tube used for telescope focuser insertion. It seems the 1.25" tube just fits ov...
by Stomias
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Off-brand eyepiences in Microstar IV (410)
Replies: 14
Views: 1525

Re: Off-brand eyepiences in Microstar IV (410)

I now have 2 sets of the B&L silver eyepieces 15x and 20x. Not sure of the vintage or design. They work well in my Microstar IV.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/n9ZoLvntzVqjAGuj6

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FY3ETSUxXej68qWq7
by Stomias
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Microstar IV assistance required
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Microstar IV assistance required

The whole focusing system of these seems to be their weak point. Mine is working fine without the cam (pin wrapped with teflon tape) The extremely small movements necessary to focus between objectives keeps me confident that mine will work with this kluge for the foreseeable future.
by Stomias
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: :O
Replies: 0
Views: 477

:O

by Stomias
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy

Chicago!!!!!! I'm freezing there right now :)
by Stomias
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy

You microscopists are a funny bunch :) :) :)
by Stomias
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy

Used to do community outreach astronomy. Light pollution is horrible https://www.darksky.org/ Dark sky is a MUST! Yellowstone :) https://photos.app.goo.gl/uKqGMegkLWwCoohP8
by Stomias
Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy

Thousands.....There are galaxies, planetary nebulae, gaseous nebulae, double stars, open star clusters, globular star clusters, solar system objects, comets. Some types there are hundreds of each. Depends on how big your telescope is and how dark your observing site is...
by Stomias
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Beginner's corner
Topic: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Amateur Microscopy vs Astronomy

Cheap optics always = hobby killer!