Accessories for LOMO Microscope
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I use a LOMO Invertoscope (this will work for anything-even telescopes) and use a digital camera with NO accessories. The method is called eyepiece projection and is accomplished by simply aiming the camera lens at the eye piece and viola! This of course is complicated by several factors such as the followng: 1) wobbles-I use a stand to hold the camera in position pointing into the eye piece for stability. Using the timer feature helps so as to let any left over wobbles time to stop. 2) magnification-use the zoom feature of the camera to get the field of view of the eyepiece to fill the camera view-note that some camera optics do not quite fit the bill (sorry but I just experiment to find which works and don't have a "rule of thumb" to figure what camras will work better. 3) exposure times-just have to play with the white balance and speed settings on the camera and the different models are all different in this respect. 4) Video-Yup! if you use a video camera or your camera does movies you can do that too! I also have used the AVI (video out) of the camera and plugged it into a video recorder (like a VHS video casset recorder) and just hit record. This does not work for all cameras because the AVI out sometimes is not strictly NTSC or PAL and my (old) VCR has trouble getting good tracking. 5) focus-amazingly this has not really been much of a problem (telescopes seen to be a bigger problem) as the cameras and microscope focus can be used together by watching the camera lcd while focus is made best.
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- Rob Watson
Thanks for the info. In fact, I do the same thing with my LOMO SF-100 and Pentax Option A10, Like many of the new breed of digital point and shoots, the A10 is image stabilized, so steadiness is not that much of an issue. I don't even use an adapter; I just handhold. It does take patience and experience, to get it right, though. Most users will find an adapter to be more comfortable.
The problem with the LOMO adapters and, for that matter, many digital adapters, is the constantly changing nature of digital point and shoot cameras. These cameras have been getting smaller and smaller and most now use a telecoping lens system which makes it impractical to euip the camera with filter threads.
You can use universal style digital adapters, such as those made for digiscoping for spotting scopes, even on a microscope, though these adapters are large and bulky and may create clearance problems with ocular tubes. It is an option worth exploring, however, if you don't have access to a camera with threads.
Radian, http://www.opticsplanet.com/radian-univ ... apter.html
Barska, http://www.opticsplanet.com/barska-digi ... aptor.html
Zhumell, http://www.opticsplanet.com/zhumell-uni ... apter.html
Just be sure to measure the diameter of the eyepiece or ocular tube on your microscope and order accordingly.
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