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InvisibleDazedSol
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Microscopes................?
    #1296149 - 02/10/03 11:04 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Well, im thinking about buying a microscope.....but first i have a couple questions maybe some of you folk can help me answer.......
First: what magnification? what is ideal and what is best to photograph from(i know i need special equipment for this but humor me:) )
Two: what are some good reliable brands?
Three: whats a 'good' price to pay?

lastly if anyone out there knows of a place(online or off) thats has good deals...let me know please :smile:


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Re: Microscopes................? [Re: DazedSol]
    #1296369 - 02/10/03 12:15 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I picked up a 1400x for about $450, I'm picking up a 2x adapter and camera that slips onto the tube for the eyepiece, ranges in price 100-$350 the minimum I suggest is a 1000x....grneraly about $350.....a few araptations, like the intel USB microscope can boost the power of a weaker model....they run about $35

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Re: Microscopes................? [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #1296542 - 02/10/03 01:34 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

1400x for only $450! I'll have to pick one up eventuially after I'm outta school.


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Re: Microscopes................? [Re: TeKHeAD009]
    #1299181 - 02/11/03 09:28 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

interesting artwork.....have you been under psychatric care long....  :grin: 


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Re: Microscopes................? [Re: DazedSol]
    #1299606 - 02/11/03 11:29 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Rather than suggest specific brands I'll give you a few tips on things to look for.

You should have a range of magnifications from about 40x to about 1000x. The highest power objective needs to be an oil immersion objective. The microscope should also come with a substage condenser also suitable for oil immersion. Binocular or monocular is up to your personal preference. Phase contrast and dark field are nice extras but usually add significantly to the cost.

A high quality student microscope can be purchased for a few hundred dollars US.

The biggest thing I would recommend is reading a tutorial such as this one so that you will know what all the parts are and how they should work. After you've gone through all that stuff (there's a lot, I know) you will be educated enough to go out and ask intelligent questions about your potential microscope purchase. You will also understand how to use it once you get it.

Here is a nice page on a seminar done on mycology with a microscope. I strongly recommend the book mentioned at the bottom of the linked page by David Largent et. al. - it is the best book on how to use a microscope on mushrooms I know of.

Magnifications for mycology - the hardest things are spores (especially surface features) and you will need about 1000x or more (and oil immersion) to see them well. Most things can be seen at magnifications around 100x - 600x depending on what they are.

Happy mushrooming!


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Re: Microscopes................? [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1300060 - 02/11/03 02:21 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Thank you all for your replies :smile:

Toxic: very informative.....thanks again 


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