landgirl's picture

Digital microscope

Has anyone tried one of those digital microscope cameras for taking images to post to iSpot? I'm quite tempted by this one - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koolertron-Magnification-Microscope-Industrial-B... but am a bit worried that it will turn out to be one of those gadgets you try once then shove in the draw and never use again!

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Ray Turner's picture

Someone Has

I’m not going to be a great help here because I can’t remember who or when but there was someone a while back who did post some observations made with a USB microscope, insects of some type if I remember correctly (of which there is no guarantee these days).

Almost certainly it wasn’t the same model but I do remember they were presently surprised by the results theirs achieved. OK they are what they are but the results where usable.

Ray

Ray

Rachy Ramone's picture

Not sure what level of magnification you need...

..but I have been well impressed with using a handlens and a mobile phone (link in my sig, below).

OK, only 20x, so that might not be enough for you/

If it helps, I was given a USB microscope a while ago, and after five mins of fascination with the state of my fingernails, it went in the drawer where it remains, to this day.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

landgirl's picture

Cheers

My camera takes pretty good closeups, I was looking for something with a much higher magnification. But I suspect anything really good would be very expensive. You confirmed my feeling about the drawer situation!

Ray Turner's picture

Took a while but ...

Found it! No wonder it stood out in my memory, I’ve commented on it. Have a look at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/74956

Another example at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/268146

and another http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/239008

Ray

Ray

landgirl's picture

Thank you

Hope you didn't spend too long searching! The photos don't look too bad at all, still thinking about it.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Hang on just a second...

...before you rush out and buy one, I have just dug mine out, and will take comparative photos for you.

http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/digital-microscopes.html

There you go.

I'm not sure if this will help in the decision-making!

Mine doesn't seem to have a brand name, other than Digital Life Excellent Vision, but it looks very much like the one you linked to: it came from Maplins.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

landgirl's picture

That's excellent, thanks!

Going to experiment with the hand lens method and wait to see if I can find a better-quality digital microscope for the long term - especially if I get more interested in mosses and lichens.

Chopin's picture

More USB microscope pics

landgirl's picture

Those are great!

What make have you got?

Chopin's picture

Make

I've got a Celestron. So far I've been very happy with it.

Lara

martinjohnbishop's picture

Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x Macro Lens

This is a rather unusual lens and produces interesting results.
I did look at microscopes but chose this instead.

It is not a cheap solution as you need a Canon body and Ring Flash, plus the lens of course. The main problem is getting enough light on the subject to see what you are shooting.

Some examples at http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/mp-e-65.shtml

One of mine at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/325872?nav=users_observations

Regards,
Martin