Thanks for the encouragement. I do appreciate that there is a long time and a steep curve ahead.
The Camera I got with the package deal (Pixelink PL-662 color CMOS Firewire video Camera) is a bit outdated. It is no longer offered for sale at the manufacturer website and the software that I got is the older version (Pixelink Capture version 3.1) It came with no manual so I had to download the manual from the web but the only manual I could find was for Release version 3.2.
Upon using the camera it became clear that Version 3.1 is quite different from Version 3.2 so the manual I downloaded is not much help.
I still have to find out if the company will agree to update my software to Version 3.2 for free.
So right now - its basically trial and error to try and understand how the software works.
My main difficulty is with the White Balance issue.
I also have not started work on learning how to optimize the Kohler illumination on the scope.
Since I realy liked what I saw in the eyepieces, I tried to play with capturing some frames from the first light to9 post here, so accept my apologies for the low quality of pictures.
This will go slowly because I have little time to do this.
Also I will try to connect my Canon 40D to the microscope (Lots more pixels and live view will sure help in still frame acquisition). I still have to figure out what kind of adaptor I will need to get for coupling a Canon camera to the trinocular phototube ( The PL-662 has a standard C-Mount so my guess is I will have to find an adapter with a standard Male EOS adapter on one side and a Female C-Mount on the other side.
Additionally, I have an Imaging Source DFK 21AF04.AS Color video camera with the appropriate capture software. If I cannot get adequate quality from the Pixelink Camera I may give it a try with the DFK (It has a lower resolution but is is a more modern design and features a true CCD chip which may have a better S/N). another advantage is the DFK has a standard C-mount, si no extra adapter will be needed.
Any help and/or Ideas about suitable adapters and/or a better way to proceed with imaging will be greatly appreciated !
If anyone knows where I can get a copy of the user manual
for Pixelink Capture SE version 3.1
that would be great help and a time saver !