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Buncha bugs!!
Buncha bugs!!
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Goniobasis snails, pill clams, and snail-cased caddis larvae (Helicopsyche)
Goniobasis snails, pill clams, and snail-cased caddis larvae (Helicopsyche)
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Dragonhunter!  Wouldn't want to meet this thing in a dark alley
Dragonhunter! Wouldn't want to meet this thing in a dark alley
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Phallic crayfish, no kidding! Orconectes putnami
Phallic crayfish, no kidding! Orconectes putnami
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Water penny larva
Water penny larva
Jmd123November 20th, 2020, 8:32 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611 boss looked at that scope, and not only was it on sale for half price, there was an additional 15% off for Veteran's Day! I can now take really nice photos of all of these bugs I am working on! Here's a few for your enjoyment. A full post is coming on this project soon, just too busy with the work right now to pick out all the pics & etc.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Red_green_hNovember 20th, 2020, 10:28 am
New Mexico

Posts: 90
Well I'd hate to meet some of those in a dark alley. Those are great pics. My son would love that.
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"
PartsmanNovember 20th, 2020, 10:34 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Cool, mother nature is pretty neat.
TroutnutNovember 20th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Awesome Jonathon!

I also talked my wife into getting me this ringlight as an early Christmas present:

The overhead light built into the scope was a bit faint for some of the things I wanted to do, and at first I was using my fly tying light as an external source, but the ringlight is way nicer. Very bright uniform light up close above the subject. It does make manipulating specimens a bit trickier when using the 2X objective lens adapter though, just because the working distance is so short, but on balance I think it's very much worth it.

My only problem with the scope right now is that I've already identified all my preserved backlogged bugs as well as I can given my taxonomic resources and abilities, so I have to wait until spring to do much more with it.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123November 23rd, 2020, 6:32 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
I have a Unitron ring illuminator for my B&L StereoZoom scope at home, and it's currently on my Meiji Techno here at work because the danged halogen bulb burned out a month after I replaced it! Ring lights are the best, and this Unitron has some nice bells and whistles on it:

I love optics and the things you can see & photograph through them!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CrenoDecember 1st, 2020, 1:02 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 305
Folks - sorry I have been off for awhile, and not sure how often I will get back. If you are going to buy lights for miscrope photos, and general work, try to get a single head COB led with a flexible neck. Ikea sold some really great ones but no more. You could often get for 10 bucks. They must be out there somewhere yet. Now Ikea carries this.

It looks like it has a hard stem rather than flexible to the base. and the head looks larger in diameter than the old one. I don't know if it is as bright.
I think this is the old one.

be sure to get the 115V. not USB powered.

While the ring lights are good for many tasks, like Jason says, they won't get close enough at the higher magnifications, and they will leave a halo around many images you may not like. The small COB lights will fit even when your working distances get down to a cm or less.

one other item if you are buying scopes for macro/micro photo. Try and get one with with course and fine focus. The fine focus will make photograpy much easier, especially when you start stacking images.

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