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29 Jun 2015 16:45 #1 by anthonyd
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Hi guys
I looking at getting a microscope to be able to make a diagnostic regarding diseases and parasites.
Was looking at getting the one that puddlefish reviewed www.irishfishkeepers.com/articles/14-tro...s-001-usb-microscope but unfortunatly the reviews on other websites were showing a lot of issues with it.
So i m looking at a more conventional microscope.
What type are you using guys and is it possible to take pictures through the lens ?

thanks

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29 Jun 2015 18:28 - 29 Jun 2015 18:32 #2 by JohnH
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Around three years back Ian Millichip came to an ITFS meeting and gave us an informative talk about microscopes and their value to us aquatic-people.
He brought - and talked about - several types and from memory it was a very good talk.
I, personally, have one called BioLux AL (made by Bresser) which was the cheaper of the two models being sold in Lidl at the time. It was, as I recall, around €75

Multiplication is from 20x to 1280x and comes with both conventional eyepieces and a USB 'viewer', enabling one to see the results on a PC.

I'll not take it out and set it up, but here are a few snaps of the box - sadly I've mislaid the instructions, but it's fairly self explanatory.




I think this is, coincidentally, the same one as Ian was recommending too.

Microscopes - like most things are really a case of 'you get what you pay for', the other Bressler model Lidl were selling was double the price, but neither is a patch on something like a Leitz - costing well into the thousands, but for the sort of activities you (or any of us) needs to examine I think you'll not go far wrong with one of these (assuming they're still available).
Once again, the type Colin had reviewed was still pretty good - for the money.

John

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Last Edit: 29 Jun 2015 18:32 by JohnH. Reason: Bresser - not Bressler!

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29 Jun 2015 18:42 #3 by anthonyd
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Thanks John
I will be more than happy with a microscope which magnifies by 40 for what i need to do with it as long as the picture is clear enough.
The one than Colin reviewed seems to be hit and miss with the software and a non existent customer support, so not ideal for an IT challenged person like me :hammer:

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29 Jun 2015 18:57 #4 by JohnH
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I think Maplin's sells those - or one very like it - and I've found that in general the assistants are both helpful and knowledgeable too, if you have a store in your vicinity it might be worth a look in.

John

Location:
N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


ITFS member.



It's a long way to Tipperary.

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29 Jun 2015 19:02 #5 by anthonyd
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There is a maplin store in Cork, will call down tomorrow to see what they have.
Thanks

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