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#1 Tom Stock

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:20 PM

Still hunting for a nice solid vintage microscope, but in the meantime I have this AmScope B120C.

 

It works very well. Quality is not terrible for what it cost.  Lots of plastic knobs but optics appear to be ok.

 

WOOL

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:21 PM

Onion Skin 

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:22 PM

Cheek cells ripped from my mouth lol

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:22 PM

Same cheek cells, stained with iodine. Hey it worked. cool.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:23 PM

Blood

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:23 PM

Blood 

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:05 PM

I won't ask where the blood sample came from...... shocked.gif


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 03:21 PM

I have a centrifuge on the way so I can examine urine. Almost purchased a cheap $45 chinese centrifuge but read that they are loud and generate enough heat to destroy the sample.  I found a Vanguard V6500 (surplus from quest labs) on ebay for $29!   These things are like $500 new.. but you can find them on ebay between $30-$60.


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Posted 04 September 2019 - 12:03 AM

I won't ask where the blood sample came from...... shocked.gif

Anything for science! grin.gif

 

I have a centrifuge on the way so I can examine urine. Almost purchased a cheap $45 chinese centrifuge but read that they are loud and generate enough heat to destroy the sample.  I found a Vanguard V6500 (surplus from quest labs) on ebay for $29!   These things are like $500 new.. but you can find them on ebay between $30-$60.

Looks like you're having fun with that new optical enhancer! smile.gif   Just remember to balance the load with two samples. shocked.gif

Blood is pretty neat seperated if you feel like donating in the name of science again.



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Posted 16 September 2019 - 08:01 AM

I'd like to examine some blood.  Maybe you could send me some, Tom.

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 12:23 PM

Separated blood is going to require a larger sample than I am willing to extract in my bathroom in the name of hobby. 

 

Maybe next time I go donate blood I'll ask for "a little extra".

 

But, rest assured, I am very active. I will carry an empty tube with me just in case I manage to sever an artery in my next motocross race.

 

I'll get the sample before I bleed out. I've pre-labeled it "for Cloudy Nights Microscopy Forum" in preparation.

 

Option 2, I could place a wanted ad in the classifieds.


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Posted 22 September 2019 - 07:03 AM

A simple manual centrifuge is more than enough for most amateur microscopy work. I used a small hand centrifuge for years, this one: https://www.milian.c...duitId=0O-90-09.



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Posted 27 September 2019 - 10:44 AM

A simple manual centrifuge is more than enough for most amateur microscopy work. I used a small hand centrifuge for years, this one: https://www.milian.c...duitId=0O-90-09.

That's handy in the field.  I picked up a commercial centrifuge for $35 free shipping. 

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 10:52 AM

Comparing the AmScope to my vintage Spencer, I would say the AmScope wins. 

 

It's not heavily built, but it is quite solid.  It operates much smoother, knobs are in more ergonomic positions and easier to use, and the images are sharp and much brighter with better contrast.

 

I use both regularly but definitely prefer the AmScope. 

 

But, I do have a love for machinery built to last a lifetime.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:34 AM

I'd like to examine some blood.  Maybe you could send me some, Tom.

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Mission accomplished. Still want some? : D

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