Microscope for mushroom identification

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  1. CAPN_TURTLE

    CAPN_TURTLE MYCO-BUG

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    I found a microscope online and was wondering if it should be good for spore identification and who knows what else with mycology but it is a monolux no. 3060. I havent been able to find much about it but it has like 30-750x zoom. I read 900 usually covers all needs i believe but will this work as well? or does anyone have one?
     
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    would be fine. i like at least 1000x tho and with Köhler illumination . but the one you have picked out, assuming its at a decent price would be a good starter for the basics.
     
  3. CAPN_TURTLE

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    25 dollars for it so I figure it should be good, but a guy on campus contacted me the other day as well and he sells mic's so i may go see what he has to offer as well though i imagine they will be more.
     
  4. Captaincactuscakes

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    I need to get a microscope also... I'm wanting to take pics of cacti seedlings to see what the tissue looks like. I'd imagine that the 750x would be adequate but I have no knowledge of these things. For 25 dollars though, it is definitely worth looking into!
     
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    get something at least to 1000x magnification.
     
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    This ^ is a good unit? I'd like to get something too but have been holding off.
     
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    yes. it's what i use.
    you can also get the 10 megapixel cam for a bit more.
     
  10. Alan Rockefeller

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    No don't get that one!

    The most important reason is that it lacks a 100x oil objective. Another strong reason is that it lacks a light source. Also it is only monocular - A lot of people get headaches from keeping one eye closed.


    The cheapest scope that works well is http://store.amscope.com/b100-ms.html

    The omax scopes are also good.

    Also get the reticle for measuring spores.

    When the scope comes throw away the immersion oil that comes with it that smells like cedar. That stuff may as well be there to trick you into ruining your objectives. Mail order some Type A immersion oil.

    You'll also want more slides, more cover slips, tweezers, a big pack of brand new razor blades, congo red and crystal violet.
     
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    Thanks bloodworm and alan. :thumbup:
     
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    what do you think about the LED model?
     
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    I have 4 Scopes My favorite is my Trinoc Leica DM1000
    https://webshop.fishersci.com/insig...product_page&utm_campaign=all_product_promote
    My older one is a Nikon Labophot.
    Then 2 stereo scopes
    B&L Stereo zoom 7
    Leica MZ 12.5

    If your in school see if you can get a old lab scope, a lot of schools chuck them and others sell them. I know a person who had several that the school was selling for 50 dollars each. Not bad for a starter scope.
     
  14. Alan Rockefeller

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    I haven't tried any OMAX scopes, but in general, LED scopes are good. Lower power consumption, less heat / brownian motion, bulb won't go out.
     
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    Thanks Alan. I have little experience with scopes and want my first to be a good investment. Wasn't sure if the LED had any disadvantages like brightness. dim-ability, color corectness....

    I like the points you made about the pros. any cons?
     
  16. Alan Rockefeller

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    It's about the same in my experience. Either way I take a picture of a blank frame and use the custom white balance.

    If the LED isn't implemented properly it won't be bright enough at 1000x and you would need to use a 3 second exposure to capture an image. That is the only thing I would worry about. Maybe there are some reviews on their LED scopes?
     
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    Thanks again Alan. I'll do more research.
     
  18. CAPN_TURTLE

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    I found this today adn the guy said he wanted around 40 for it. All I know is its a Bausch and Lomb and has these numbers on it: It has the number BD8068 and patent # 2,093,611. Here is a pic as well, and I'm still waiting on a reply as to which objectives it has. I'd like to know more about it but cant find it online. If anyone knows any databases i should check or sites I can receive help or if you can help me it would be appreciated!!
     
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  19. CAPN_TURTLE

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    I've been told it has a 5x eyepiece and a 10x lens, a 43x lens, and a 97 immersion oil lens. Does that mean max magnification is 435x? Making it not the best choice or could I buy a 10x lens cost effectively.
     
  20. nomendubium

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    just as you have said, it doesn't have the power you need and also doesn't have a light source,it uses a mirror (it looks to me) :thumbdown: yes on your magnification math.Yes you could easily get a 10x ocular (eyepiece) but it's still monocular and the other stuff I said