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Harald
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Microscope and flash

Post by Harald »

Hi there good people,
How can I attach a flash to my compound microscope ?
I´ve tried to put a small flash where the light source normaly is, but no light is coming through. Yes, the flash has been triggered.
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Post by Charles Krebs »

There are a variety of ways to do so. The choices often depend on the microscope you have and how the lighting is currently accomplished.

Give us an idea of your microscope. If it is not a common one, pictures would be a good idea. Also show/tell specifically how you have tried to do it so far.

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I have an Amscope T230A, not shure if this is a common one.
It´s a compound microscope and the original light source is an halogen bulb under the table. I´ve tried to put a slaveflash unit over the bulbs condenser. I will add an image later, if that helps..?
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Harald,

I can't seen to locate that model on the Amscope site, but I did see a picture of one from an eBay auction. It appears that the bulb is built into the base.

It is much easier to adapt flash when the light is external at the rear of the scope, but there are a few simple things you can try that work well.

A piece of glass positioned at a 45 degree angle above the base light source can be used to reflect flash light up into the bottom of the condenser, while maintaining the continuous light as well. This is import6ant if you are following critters around and need to move the slide and focus quickly. Have a look at these links to get some ideas:

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... lash2.html


http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/v ... php?t=3734

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... flash.html

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... flash.html

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Post by Harald »

Hi there Charles,
Thank you so much for your kindness and time used to help me.
I think I will go for the 45 angle patent. 2 in 1, light and flash. Time to collect the materials and tools. This will be a winter project.

Thanks again.

Right now I´m working on some images for the Olympus BioScapes.
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Harald

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Post by arturoag75 »

Hi
some years ago i did an article about flash..take alook here:
http://www.microscopeitaly.it/2012/03/1 ... crografia/

best
arturo

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Post by Harald »

Hi there arturo,
Thanks for the article. Great stuff.
Now I know why I have to use flash. It gives much more details, much more. I´ve located a dealer in plastic tubes who has what I need. Also I know where to get the glass I need. I will try to make an set up with 45º reflection. Then I can use both light and flash.
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Post by Protos »

Arturo
mi piacerebbe anche di provare il flash sul mio Zeiss
I have an Axiophot: do you think I could put a flash instead of the Fluorescence lamp ?
Zeiss Axiophot, transmitted and Fluorescence
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Post by arturoag75 »

Hi
yes i think you can use flash with your axiophot but i' m not sure that it is a nice idea to replace the fluorescence lamp; flash on microscope needs a.pilot lamp or little led just rear flash bulb in order to see what you want "freeze"....for this purpose better way is an empty lamphouse to fit flash bulb and lamp..
if i remember good for your microscope there is a unit for double illuminator, this way you can lat in place two different illuminator.
hope this help
arturo

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Post by Protos »

arturoag75 wrote:Hi
yes i think you can use flash with your axiophot but i' m not sure that it is a nice idea to replace the fluorescence lamp; flash on microscope needs a.pilot lamp or little led just rear flash bulb in order to see what you want "freeze"....for this purpose better way is an empty lamphouse to fit flash bulb and lamp..
if i remember good for your microscope there is a unit for double illuminator, this way you can lat in place two different illuminator.
hope this help
arturo
Grazie Arturo,

That's what I meant: the Idea was to focus using the regular lamp and put the flash like you did at the second location to then take a picture after switchinh lght path.

Phil
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BK5000, Transmitted and CP
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