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Early practical use of my new microscope.

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#1 Tropobob

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:33 PM

I have slowly been finding interesting things to look at with my new microscope.

 

Following a suggestion, I scooped up some household dust in my room to see if I could locate the source.

 

Wow!! It contained many red fibres and I have a red towel that I tend to drape over my hands at night when it becomes cold.  It’s an old towel, so it must be shedding and need replacing. Problem solved.
Horror though when I saw a creature in the dust: - A Dust Mite, I assume.  An ugly looking creature with 6 legs and other appendages, which I took for legs but then realised they were more akin to hairy sensors.  That has really encouraged me to lift my game with cleaning.

 

I never expected to use my microscope for any practical purposes, so that’s a real bonus.


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 08:37 PM

I am one of those retirees who likes to walk around a small, nearby park for a bit of exercise. Over time, it has drawn me closer to nature, as it has a range of interesting trees and many birds visit the park.

 

These days, I pick up the bits of rubbish in the wish to provide a safer environment for the birds and a pleasant environment for both my neighbours and me to enjoy. This morning, I found something that may have been a leaf or a bit of plastic. I was inclined to dismiss it as a leaf, then thought: Why not take it home and use my microscope to know for sure.

 

A quick look showed a thread pattern, so obviously it was not something that birds should eat. I am a bit chuffed with myself for being able to determine that! lol.gif  The below image is taken by my smartphone, handheld, at 40x.  Please forgive its very poor quality.

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