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Rylee Isitt
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New specimen holder

Post by Rylee Isitt »

I recently modified my lego copy stand so that it can also do horizontal work. With this kind of work, I wanted a more flexible specimen holder.

While I am working on a more fancy specimen holder using Newport stages and rails, this is my current setup:

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The Lego bit is just a vertical stage and also allows the specimen to be rotated in one axis. It's zip-tied to a 5lb weight with rubber feet attached on the bottom.

The rest of the movements are done with the ball. This is a hollow, plastic practice golf ball filled with plaster of paris with a "fun tack" (it's like sticky tack/blue tack except white) center. The specimen on a pin can be pushed into this.

It's based on a design mentioned by my entomology prof, and I found further details here on how to make them: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/beem ... ssage/1785

Vibration does occur, but diminished quickly. So far I shoot with flash so vibrations do not affect image quality.

Here's a test shot with a bad lens, but I was more interested in registration problems due to vibration from one shot to the next. There were a few, requiring me to crop edges slightly. This is a stack of 70 frames, pushing my stepper to the limit as each frame was only a single half-step advanced.

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Post by abpho »

Very smart. I'd love to see a three axis model. :D I bet the kids got upset when you started raiding their lego set.

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Post by Rylee Isitt »

Ha, nope, I'm a solitary student. These LEGOs belong to me. If I had kids, they have to get their own! ;)

I didn't think a 3 axis approach would be necessary until I started using it. I thought I could just pick it up and move it around. But yup, 3 axis control would make things easier for sure.

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Post by abpho »

Cool. I just use a third arm parts holder. It can be a little finicky sometimes. But once it is set it is solid.

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Post by Rylee Isitt »

A third arm is a great idea, and I happen to have one laying around. That could be a less fiddly approach for some specimens.

Thanks for pointing this out!

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Post by Craig Gerard »

Rylee,

Watching with interest 8)

Regarding the 'fun tack'; some time ago, another member, involved with the watchmaking profession, sent me a packet of putty called 'Bergeon Rodico'. Surprisingly it is designated for use as a cleaning product but also serves the purpose of holding entomological pins for subject placement during photography. I've also found a small amount is very useful for holding mineral samples to stage plates when photographing.


Craig
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