Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:49 PM
Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:52 PM
The only caveat I have with used Amscopes is they won't sell you the binocular or trinocular heads separately, so if you buy one with a damaged head, you're SOL.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:33 AM
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:12 PM
The blue 2" camera adapter came in a box of adapters I bought when I got into astronomy a decade ago. It bears no identification or labeling other than a plastic label saying "2 RECEIVER." It's basically a 2" ID tube with 3 set screws on the top end to hold 2" telescope eyepieces. The bottom end has three long set screws that I clamp on the microscope's eyepiece holder. It works both on my Amscope compound scope and my Olympus stereo scope, even though the Amscope uses 22 mm eyepieces and the Olympus uses 30 mm eyepieces.
I use a regular commercial 2" telescope eyepiece T-mount adapter on my DSLR. I insert the telescope adapter into the blue 2" receiver, and use the microscope's eyepiece as a projection focuser. This method magnifies the microscope's image quite a bit. Photos taken with the compound scope @40X look more like the eyepiece views @100X.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:29 PM
I probably need to get some blank slides and coverslips, but I'm unsure because I see two types of coverslips, plastic and glass. Is there any optical difference between the two?
For now I'll stick to visual, but later I might get into imaging.
Thanks for your help!
Posted 27 February 2014 - 12:09 AM
I don't have any experience or knowledge of plastic cover slips, but it should certainly be possible to make optically similar plastic cover slips without the hazard of broken glass fragments. Just be sure to buy 0.17 mm thick cover slips, assuming the last number on all your microscope objectives is 0.17.
I've gotten more satisfaction out of my home mounts of insects, spiders, and catchment water than I have from commercial slides, so I encourage you to buy those slides and cover slips.
Posted 27 February 2014 - 12:47 AM
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