I have been playing with my new MX7T stereomicroscope from Brunel Microscopes and I’m very pleased with it. It has incident and transmitted light and by using a variety of eyepieces I have a magnification range of 10X – 80X. The strawberry seed pictures below were taken at 10X or 20X magnification using incident light. They look very fine. Like beautiful golden eggs.
The pictures are much better than I expected too. I’m not terribly well set up for photography with a stereoscope but I came across an interesting widget on eBay. It’s a telescope or microscope adaptor for a camera. Joy8899 sells a version but I got mine from Poland. The adaptor screws onto the lens of my Canon EOS 1100D and the other end clamps around the eyepiece of my microscope. Cheap and cheerful and really not too bad at doing the job. The weight of the camera does tend to force the microscope out of focus a little but not so badly that it causes huge problems. You just need to keep half an eye on it and it’s all very easy when the camera is on Live View mode and the shutter is remotely operated ie. you have enough hands available.
I love this one, you can see the indent the seed sits in very clearly.
I also took some pictures of some very lovely mould that was growing on a Queen Charlotte cake.
Not bad for a beginner. I think I might post them on the yahoo group. They’re colourful if not perfect 🙂