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  1. Here is another neat little gadget I thought I would share: A digital microscope / camera video camera that is powered by your computer USB. It has built in dimmable LED lights as well as camera. Images are captured via software that comes with it. Image quality is not as good as the camera on my trinocular scope, or quite frankly my cell phone when taking pictures through the scope, but it has its uses. It's relatively cheap at about $100.00. And if you are a teacher with a "powerpoint projector", you can put items under the scope and project them on the big screen in real time for your class. Also great for close-up photos for the Fossil ID forum . Here is the scope Here are some pictures taken with it: Mississippian Actinopterygii tooth (approximately 1 mm in length) Daphnia Tiny Snail
  2. Fenestrate bryozoan coral. Harpersville Fm., Brown County TX. 305 mya. Specimen is about 1 cm. across. The pores are about 0.5 mm in diameter. Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 XL and a Moment macro lens. The first pic was taken with the Moment 10x macro lens by itself. For the second I added a 52 mm filter adapter from Mad Dog Labs and a 10x diopter.
  3. Thought I'd share this here. I just purchased a nifty device for aiding photography through the microscope with a cell phone. I shoot photos through the scope all the time, and if you have ever done this, you know that it takes surgeon's hands to find the eyepiece, center the photo, and get a crisp image. This device clamps to the eye-piece and works on monocular and binocular scopes. It adjusts for the placement of any cell phone. A bit pricey at $189 (available online at Scientific Device Laboratory), but I had to have it and already love it. Here's a pic without the phone.
  4. As I've been learning about my new to me Bausch and Lomb Stereozoom 4 microscope I discovered that the indention for the stage plate was 120 mm. 120 mm is the size of a standard CD or DVD. (Totally irrelevant aside about the nature of memory, or at least my memory. Somehow I knew the dimensions of a CD. I can't remember someone's name two minutes after I shake their hand, or a phone number 10 seconds after I leave the phone book. Sake should be served at body temperature--98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. I learned that almost useless fact at the age of ten from an Ian Fleming novel about James Bond. It's still with me 40 years later. Regardless, a CD fits perfectly into the stage of my scope.) The tinker in me started thinking about custom stage plates for photo backgrounds. I'm not an engineer or scientist. I'm a sixth grade science teacher, an amateur naturalist, and a jack of all trades, master of none. But I saw an opportunity for invention. Unneeded CDs are not nearly as ubiquitous as they were during AOl's heyday, but I would imagine most folks have more than a few around. The above just have circles of various colored construction paper glued to both sides. Various old maps and cross sections. One of the plates in my scope base. Good for macro photos. Good for micro-photography as well. Now that I've discovered this neat hack, I want to make some more plates that are even more customized. Current or historic USGS topos for the actual sites where the fossils were collected. Maybe Google satellite images as well. Cross-section from the collection site. I also want one CD with black/white one either side, and a scale, for field photography. And one with a grid for sorting and fauna analysis/species distribution.
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