Hey Guys. Got drunk and bought a microscope.
It claims it can go up to 1000x magnification, but I'm a bit incredulous about that...
Anyway. Taking requests.
I didn't realise it wouldn't come with slides, so cellular level stuff is kinda limited, but I'll pick some up as soon as possible.
Pic related is 100µm x 100µm at the absolute max zoom
The Anther of a Gravilia flower with a lump of pollen on the end.
I just went nuts on a bunch of roaches in the front garden with some bug spray, so I'll give them a while to stop squirming.
In the meantime, enjoy this Peacock feather.
The problem with doing little buggos is that often in the process of catching them, I squish all of their guts out through their heads and ruin the most interesting bit...
Not really much of a geology guy, what types of rocks would be most interesting to look at?
Bark feat. moss.
And so begins the inevitable search for a Tardigrade...
Growing out of the moss. Some kind of tiny fungi? Or does some moss have fruiting bodies or flowers or something?
Man, you guys are all super keen to see my bodily fluids.
Waterbears don't like the moss I tried apparently, but I'll try again with different moss.
Tried to scoop an earthworm out of the compost with a knife, ended up stabbing it and all this gross yellow shit came out...
The edge of a new razor vs an old used one?
Light bulb filament?
Thumb print? (any digit will do I guess)
A hair? (one with the root)
Rust might look cool
A plant with veiny leaves
My genitals? Haven't seen them in a while.
New Stanley knife vs Old Stanley knife feat. gross worm guts
Fish food flake. I know where I can find some scales, I'll grab one next time I'm in the area.
Pond muck and pond water I will do when I get slides.
Rusty paint can.
Where I cut my thumb getting into the light bulb. Anyone got a guess as to what that clear stuff is?
Considering I do a pretty good job of brushing usually, Pic related
The other end.
I think the first worm I tried may have had a parasite or something. It wasn't pink at all, and I just lightly glanced it with the knife it popped.
Unfortunately no. The closest thing I could find was the rubber around my phone's Otterbox. Not nearly as textured as an analogue stick.
I begged a microscope like that from my parents as a kid and was disappointed that I couldn't see microbes. The way they get away with saying 1000x is by making it area magnification. Linear magnification works out to roughly 35x. The microscopes I work with these days (livin' the dream, baby) have 10x in the eyepiece and 10/20/40/100x objectives. With actual 1000x (10x ocular and 100x oil objective) magnification, individual bacteria show up nice and big.
These are some pretty nice pictures. I like insect wings. Snowflakes are always great if you've got the weather for it and some hair spray to fix them. And any food is fun to look at.
Research on biofilms. We give the bacteria fluorescent proteins and look at how they structure themselves on a surface. Give a few different species different colors and we can figure out how they're interacting. I mean, most of the work is with their genetics and how they're expressing genes in those conditions, but my favorite part is the microscopy.
You need to practice using the focus more. You can actually focus through things at that magnification if they are thin enough. Try slicing your softer samples at an angle then focusing through them to see interior structures. Also, assuming your microscope has its own light, use it in a dark room, you're getting to much reflection off the samples.
Post a pic and Ill tell you if it has a contrast filter. If it does you can make pseudo-3d images
Based OP , thank you
Is it possible to you to check cat hair ?
A quick one before I head off.
Grumpy Appaloosa horse.
The horse hair is clearer and has split ends and stuff.
Maybe that's just because the horse lives outside and the cat lives inside.
Or maybe it's a dietary thing: carnivores have healthier hair than herbivores.
>enjoy the thread
>enjoying blurry pictures with a shitty zoom
Have one of my pictures.
Sunflower hypocotyl stained with toluidine blue.
Again sunflower hypocotyl, but with Evans Blue.
Sunflower cotyledon stained with Evans Blue in dark field.
why are you posting this on /an/ of all places?
can you do paper burning? i mean half the screen with the normal paper and the other half carbonized, with the line of fire in the middle, advancing
here is some Arabidopsis autofluorescence
excuse the background, it was taken with my phone looking through the eyepiece (because the field of view that the camera captures on our scopes is BALLS)
here is a picture of an Arabidopsis seed constitutively expressing mCherry
autofluoresence of cell walls at the root/shoot junction of Arabidopsis seedlings
> anybody who makes it to age 8 without learning how moss reproduces is a retard.
Wew lad, I bet you're fun at parties...
Fish scale, based on where I found it, most likely Bream.
So, bad news guys. Looks like this thing is no where near powerful enough to do spermies.
I guess I'll just do bigger stuff and insects and such.
Really was not expecting that honeycomb kind of pattern...
In honour of St Patrick's Day, some Guinness foam for you.
I had a microscope growing up and one of my favorite things to do was smear the slide with peanut butter and then put a micro dab of Dawn dishwashing liquid on there. Weirdly specific but I was fascinated for some reason.
I love this thread. I miss that scope so bad.
Maybe see if you can find a dragonfly or butterfly wing?