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  1. I just recently came across a very helpful website: https://www.microbehunter.com/microscopy-forum It is a friendly site, and I’ve gotten quick replies to some very specific questions about a vintage microscope I recently acquired. There are a number of forums, including one for people looking to buy/sell parts. Some of the folks there have some pretty obscure old microscope parts if you ever find yourself in need of some. They’re also good for advice on how to setup and optimize your microscope.
  2. I haven’t gotten it in the mail yet, but I recently purchased an American Optical 569 Stereo star zoom microscope on a boom arm. I’ve been very excited about this. I just realized, though, that it doesn’t come with a light source! I will be using it to prep fossils I find. These typically span from a couple of inches to about a foot, including the matrix. Where I live in Iowa, I find mostly brachiopods, corals, and some crinoids. So far, I’ve been prepping with brushes, dental pics, an electric engraver, and a Dremel rotary tool. I would really appreciate any suggestions for
  3. Hello all I'm looking at purchasing a new microscope for my microfossils, I have been recommended Am microscopes. I was looking for a stereo microscope with a good camera for photos and measurements . I have narrowed it down to 12 Amscopes but im now a bit stuck on what I should look for or avoid if anyone has any advise that would be great. Cheers
  4. Sjfriend

    Prep microscope?

    So, I am starting to look into getting the required stereo microscope for doing abrasion prep work. I am not a rich man so going to hunt around for a bit before diving in. So far I am looking at a new AmScope SE410-XYZ. There are better ones listed with close to same price but those are auctions so price will probably climb still. Any here know this this machine? Is it decent or do I save a few more bucks?
  5. yardrockpaleo

    Florissant unknown (fish scale?)

    Hello everybody! I have another U.F.O here (Unidentified Florissant Object) and to be honest, this one has really stumped me! It isn't a carbon stain, it isn't one of those pumice chunks 'fireballs' that are common at Florissant, and it has a strange texture and shape. Weirdly preserved petrified wood? That is my best guess as of now... @piranha @Top Trilo @Tetradium The fossil is 1/2 an inch long. The first 2 pictures are the fossil by itself and the third I circled it. The rest are microscope pics of the texture. Pics 5,6, and 9 show the edges. 7 shows the top.
  6. Hello everyone! I am interested in purchasing a microscope to try out fossil prep under one as well as just observing smaller fossils under it. I have begun doing some research and have come up with some good options but I wanted to ask here as well in case anyone had any suggestions. I am looking for a stereo microscope that would be pretty simple and fairly inexpensive, if anyone has suggestions for one like this I would love to hear them, Thank you, Misha
  7. Daniel Fischer

    Microscope enlargement

    Hello! I tried to look at a texture of a rock under a microscope to see if it's a fossil and I realised that I have no idea what's the right enlargement to see the unick texture that bones have. If anyone knows what is the right enlargement to see the texture of a bone under a microscope please tell me.
  8. I found this oddity today while examining some fine grained finds. This is basically soft limestone, where the rock is pretty soft and most of the calcite has been dissolved. I forgot to include a scale, but if I were to guess, it's about 1/2" across the structure (12.7mm). I plan on measuring again. There were several of these throughout the piece, but this was the most prominent. My guess is some sort of Bryozoan.
  9. Hi everyone, I have been collecting fossils for some time, but this is my first post in the forum. I've recently acquired a stromatolite slab from the Strelley Pool formation. I have access to a laboratory compound microscope, and I was wondering if there is anything interesting that can be seen under magnification. I understand that I probably won't be able to see microfossils of any sort in this magnification, but I'm just wondering whether there are any interesting/discernible structures. I have an image that I took via this microscope att
  10. Hello TFF, I have been interested in micropalaeontology for a bit, especially after @Shamalama sent me some wonderful micro matrix samples along with slides for micropalaeontology. The tiny organisms like ostracods, conodonts, bryozoans and crinoids are so amazing and getting to see them under the microscope is very special. However, I have been limited in my ability to collect these fossils due to a lack of these slides, I got two from Dave which were beautiful and very helpful but similar ones online cost quite a bit, especially since most were from outside the US. For a while
  11. howdy! Does anyone have the TOMLOV 7" LCD DIgital microscope? For Reference : https://www.amazon.com/TOMLOV-Microscope-Magnification-Ultra-Precise-Compatible/dp/B08G4Y6C65/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=TOMLOV&qid=1612988067&sr=8-4 If so, how do you like it? I'm looking for something that can get a little closer and clearer photos of specimens smaller than 1/8 inch. I have the Celestron Digital Pro (with a 5MP camera and it's pretty good, but I want something a little bit better but there seems to be a big "price gap" from around $100 then nothing till over $300
  12. I normally using my Panasonic G9 with an Olympus 60mm with extension tubes or/plus Canon 500D dual element filter for the small fossil images. However with many of the fossils I am finding using my stereo AMscope (at the 3x-45x configuration (.5 reducer)) with my Panasonic Gx85 produces really good results (have to use a 1 1/4" to .96 adapter (for telescope eye pieces) to mount the camera with a T-mount plus 1 1/4" adapter)). Here is an image of the setup plus an image of a 5mm gastropod that had some interesting dark lines in the fossil. These images out of the camera are 16 MPX raw files red
  13. 5 days late my scope arrives late yesterday. Put it together before bed time:) I had read here I believe that you could adapt the triocular camera adapter by using a .96" EP holder. I did but I got rid of the AM supplied connector and used a .96 (with electric tape) to 1 1/4" adapter. Using the snout (1 1/4") that came with my Astro 224 camera it works. Downside is very high Power. However when I am not removing tiny Eocene invertebrates the high power images can be useful (although I do have a regular macro setup for bigger finds). Here is how I got the attached 5 image stack. I
  14. Hi everyone I think I just found a new hobby With my latest fossil delivery I recieved quite a lot of microfossils & matrix vials as the world of microfossils was something that I have been long interested in. So a 2 weeks ago I finally ordered my first microfossils for which I reserved a special drawer in my archive cabinet. So here is a recapp of what I all got: 3 vials of permian material from Waurika, Oklahoma 1 vial of permian material from The red beds of Archer County, Texas 1 small vial of Conodont rich Mississippian material from the Chappel Limestone fo
  15. hndmarshall

    Unknown weird extra tiny things

    I like to use my microscopic camera on small stones that I find and on one such stone I found these I can't really tell their size as they were looked at through my microscopic camera but I will say they are extremely tiny....the stone itself is about an inch and a half....I found a few odd little things and am wondering just what they may be? I found the stone in the gravel drive possibly from a load from the Brazos river west of Houston Texas USA.
  16. OK folks, it's time I update my digital microscope technology knowledge and equipment. I have an ancient Celestron low-end scope that is compatible up to Windows 7 OS. Problem is, I no longer have a Windows 7 OS. So, I'm looking to upgrade my scope to a better one that is Windows 10 compatible. Next problem is, it's been a while since I was in the market for a scope, and technology moves so fast that I no longer know what the best options out there are. Could this esteemed and knowledgeable group of folks please give me some recommendations on what you find to be the good in the
  17. A few more of my recent photos of odds and ends, bits and bobs. Microscope Celestron photos of minis! All Cretaceous of Texas (except the trilos which are Pennsylvanian) Two trilo bits from Mineral Wells TX 1/4 inch Crab Claw Pagurus banderiensis 1 inch Ammonite unknown 1 inch Balanocidarid Spinie 1 Inch Three gastropods in cross section. I like how all three are slightly different: Phymosoma echionid with pyrite and small spine. 1 1/4 inch Coral Parasimilia: I inch
  18. Greetings kind people, I am a complete novice in the field of fossil collecting. Kindly bear with me. My objective for collecting fossils: I want to learn paleontology work. I want to observe the fossils under a microscope, understand their body structure, their food habits.... Basically get a *whole story of the fossil* which I own, something that paleontologists do (I also want to explore all the methods that paleontologists use to study fossil and recreate them at home). So any fossil that will enable me to learn more about itself, I'd surely buy that. And also fo
  19. The Amateur Paleontologist

    First attempts at taking pictures with a microscope

    Hey everyone - it's the Amateur Paleontologist After some time, I'm finally back on TFF A while back, I bought for myself a microscope so that I could take more detailed pictures of fossils. The microscope is a Veho VMS-004. Over the past few weeks, I made some attempts at taking some pictures of fossils - what do you think? Nicely preserved, ~10mm tall teleost fish tooth which I collected this summer at the Late Cretaceous chalk of Møns Klint (Denmark). Arm hooklets of a Belemnoteuthis (squid) specimen, from the Jurassic
  20. PetrifiedDoubleGulp

    Microfossil finds

    Hi all, I just got the studio equipped with a digital microscope, and I've been enjoying looking through the sediments of fossil prep work. I'm finding a lot of micro crystals, and other forms that seem like pollen, or microscopic life I also found 2 insects, which I'm not sure of their origin, they could be contamination from the room, but I'm fairly certain this batch came from caked-on sediments at the bottom of my sample container.
  21. I enjoy picking through micro-matrix gravel from a number of localities (though most of my stock comes from places I've been able to collect here in Florida). I'm currently working on a project to try to find interesting micro-chondrichthyan teeth in micro-matrix from Florida and some of the teeth I'm looking for are on the order of a millimeter and finding ways to pick through large amounts of very fine micro-matrix to look for my rare tiny treasures has been a long and evolving process. I've previously written about my first optimization in picking micro-matrix--classifying. Rath
  22. I am looking for input on what type of microscope I should get for prepping fossils like trilobites, ammonites from Montana, and other fossils from the Midwest. What magnification I would need. Any suggestions would help me decide. I mainly use air scribes but have done some cleaning with picks.
  23. Like @JohnBrewer , I also purchased a new toy from AmScope. I purchased Item #UHM350-11 "Tabletop Digital Microscope with Variable Working Distance and 11" Articulating Arm". This piece also have two LED lighting rings.This was a great purchase for $270.00 and about 1000 times better that the $20 Plugable USB Microscope that I purchased before. I set it up and unfortunately I do not have an Micro SD card to capture the pics. I am not tech savy, so I will have to study it for a bit and see if I can actually hook it up to mu computer. Right now I have it hooked up to my TV with the "
  24. JohnBrewer

    New toy - microscope

    I treated myself to a binocular microscope just before Christmas. Just showing off some amber inclusions with a little manipulation including stacking.
  25. I’m curious if anyone has any recommendations on cheaper microscopes that would be good for finer prep work. I have seen some very cheap ($30 or so) digital microscopes on amazon that seem to get good reviews. But I’m not sure digital is the way to go. I can’t afford more than around $100 right now.
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