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Aquatic moss in a stereoscope!

 
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NickM



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:07 am    Post subject: Aquatic moss in a stereoscope! Reply with quote

I'm completely new to this and am insanely thrilled at what lives there. Under a stereoscope at 30x, some of these creatures are downright monsterous. A soupy sample left to warm for a few hours is a shocking orgy of wriggling, emerging larvae, intense traffic congestion and anything goes gluttony! Tiny winged insects have fledged right from the sample dish into my living room Shocked.

Is it possible to get quality images of fast moving minute crustaceans? I have a Coolpix 5000 mounted to a Leica/Nikon combo. Video is a breeze and even the low res results are quite nice. Getting reasonable still images of very small, fast moving invertebrates seems impossible!

A few tips are needed would really be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Nick Very Happy . I would suggest you look around right where you are in this forum for using flash. Some of these guys are experts at it under a scope. Some have written up some great info and backed it up with shots of the setup and the results. So feel free to just take a good look around.

All the best Rick and again, welcome Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nick! Surprised
Welcome to the group! I do quite a bit of photography through the stereomicroscope, however none of it is done with a flash. I must admit that my images would be much better with a flash but they are more than sufficent for my use. Smile

I am not familiar with the Coolpix 5000 or flash photography through the scope but I would guess that your camera would have to have "through the lens" metering in order to use a flash. I have photographed some fast moving subjects but with poor to fair results using only the built in halogen illuminator or a fiber optic pipe illuminator. Most of the time I just wait for a moment of opportunity, when the subject is still. Wink

Again Nick (thats my brothers name!) welcome to the group and I am sure that you will find an answer to your question(s) among the information already posted or from the members themselves. Very Happy
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