USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

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USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

Postby Finchy » 10 Jan 2013, 14:41

Hi

I have been researching which microscope to buy for bird poop study purposes and had just about settled on a short-list when my other half piped in and said "Don't buy anything that won't plug into a computer; as soon as you find something you're going to want to show someone a photo." Good point.

Does anyone have USB capability on an inexpensive but still worthwhile microscope that provides clear 400X magnification? Any other thoughts or recommendations about this?

Thanks :)

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Re: USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

Postby Danny » 10 Jan 2013, 16:02

For general faecal diagnostics, 100 x is more than adequate.

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Re: USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

Postby mattymeischke » 10 Jan 2013, 16:05

Most new microscopes have the capacity to take/export images, though it is an 'extra' on most of the basic models. This can take the form of a USB plug or port, or a piece that goes between the eyepiece and the rest of the microscope. Older models can often be retrofitted with these bits.
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Re: USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

Postby Myzomela » 10 Jan 2013, 21:10

Or you can just focus many point-and-shoot cameras down the eyepiece and take a reasonable photograph.
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Postby vettepilot_6 » 11 Jan 2013, 12:31

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Re: USB microscopes for poopology - views/experiences?

Postby Finchy » 11 Jan 2013, 13:01

Thanks for your tips, peeps.

VP, how do you go with viewing truly microscopic things that ordinarily require a back light to examine them properly? Can you see microorganisms in bird poop with an over head light? I would not have thought so...

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Postby vettepilot_6 » 11 Jan 2013, 13:09

Finchy wrote:Thanks for your tips, peeps.

VP, how do you go with viewing truly microscopic things that ordinarily require a back light to examine them properly? Can you see microorganisms in bird poop with an over head light? I would not have thought so...

Thanks :)


You are right you cant but for what I require it is fine...if I need more diagnosing I send sample off...
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