JonathanWallace's picture

binocular microscope

I have an old Olympus binocular microscope and would like to be able to make photographs using it. Does anyone know of an adaptor for attaching a digital camera? I am assuming the eye-pieces are of standard size as my microscope has nikon eye-pieces.
I don't think previous forum posts about microscopy have quite answered this question.

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dejayM's picture

Hi Jonathan

I think you might be disappointed with some of the attachment devices that I am investigating.
But I tell you what, I tried my smart phone yesterday to get very passable results.
As you've noted, I am holding my camera to the eyepiece.
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/373692
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/373171
It is pretty unsatisfactory and frustrating but it works IF you have some control over the camera and if it is NOT a DSLR.
There is no doubt that the DSLR needs to be attached and you could browse here
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Joys-Optics?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
and email Joy for some specifics. I'd be interested to see more on this subject.
Oh no, eyepieces are NOT standard but Olympus 'do' a whole range of (expensive) accessories.
ðerek

John Bratton's picture

Brunel microscopes sell

Brunel microscopes sell gadgets for attaching an automatic digital camera to a microscope. I haven't got this and am wondering if anyone has and how useful they find it? There are three parts: a lens that replaces the microscope eyepiece, a bracket for attaching the camera to the lens if the camera has no screw threads, and a sleeve to make it all fit a stereo microscope. It comes to about £80 for all three.

At present I just hold the camera against the eyepiece, use the macro setting, and let it auto-focus. The results are usually good enough to illustrate a point of structure, but not good photography. For example www.ispotnature.org/node/367947

JonathanWallace's picture

Thanks John and Derek for

Thanks John and Derek for your helpful comments. I shall experiment, following your advice, and see how I get on!

Jonathan Wallace

dejayM's picture

smartie..

Well, there's more, much more.
watch this -
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637232010/magnifi-the-worlds-first-i...
Similar http://store.skylightscope.com/ and there must be a UK version (Google?)
But if you are going down the DSLR route, then Ian Walker's discourse is worth a read
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-...
Also note this http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
as you know Rachy is a regular here

JonathanWallace's picture

Thanks again

Hi Derek
You have done some great digging and found some interesting ideas for all budgets!
Jonathan

Jonathan Wallace