Through the microscope

Onion skin

Here’s my onion skin, as promised. I’m not completely satisfied with the pictures. I can definitely see a rainbow across the images and I think my light must be set up wrong. I was sure I had it correct but aligning the lamp is quite tricky. The instruction book suggests using a mirror to help you position the light and to focus on the filament when setting up kohler illumination..

I don’t have the mirror that was supplied with the microscope and I haven’t managed to get any other mirror to work as suggested. I have centred my light bulb by eye as best I can but there’s a definite rainbow.

My phase rings are definitely where they should be.
I suppose they’re not too bad. I have only taken photographs a few times and I can’t expect to achieve perfection quickly. People dedicate their lives to microscopy. I have dedicated about two years in total. I have only been taking photographs for a few weeks.

I should give up working. There just isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do. I have things to sew too.

I never had this trouble with electron microscopes. I had completely different problems with them, like the sample burning up in front of you. That was always fun!

I shall have another bash at it and hopefully I shall be taking rainbow free pictures soon.


Comments on: "Onion skin" (3)

  1. I like the rainbow – think it looks good!


  2. I like the rainbow too. But I know it must be frustrating trying to get it to behave just the right way.
    Still — who knew “microscop-ing” could be such a creative outlet! The pictures fascinate me. This one reminds me of the croco-embossed finishes. I actually could see it as paper for an accent wall…


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