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Rove beetle (Antenna shot added)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Rove beetle (Antenna shot added) Reply with quote

No not Harry, but I think this is a Rove Beetle, quite a big one, around 1" long...



51 images in stack. Shot with E330, OM Bellows, OM38/2.8 @ f2.8. Stacked in Zerene stacker
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it had reddish-brown elytra it could be Staphylinus caesareus. Anyway, a superb picture.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great detail in this! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold Gough wrote:
If it had reddish-brown elytra it could be Staphylinus caesareus. Anyway, a superb picture.

Harold


I agree, it's a superb picture. I do not agree with the ID Wink , i.e., the genus is correct but the species is Staphylinus dimidiaticornis (S. caesareus has golden pubescence on the postocular region.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laurie, what are the little spots all over the eyes? They look like tiny water droplets. Condensation on a cold subject?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words all, and thanks Harry for the ID! It's nice to nail one to species level occasionally! Smile

Rik yes that's condensation. I did leave this one for a little while after getting it out of the freezer, and it looked okay in the viewfinder, these spots were only obvious once I'd stacked the images together.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one I managed of the antenna, with the Nikon 10x objective at full bellows extension;



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos!

Please consider sharing your initial impressions of the Zerene Stacker software. It looks promising based on their web site.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been very impressed with ZS. I've done quite a few tests running the same images through ZS, CZP and Tufuse pro (I don't have Helicon) and the ZS output has always looked the best to me. Sometimes the other two can come very close but ZS definitely has the edge, particularly on halos, and overlapping details. Also the built in retouching facilities are easy to use..

I did mention it elsewhere but in case you're not aware I was one of the ZS beta testers so I've been using it quite a while now. I don't bother running stacks through the other packages any more, I just run everything through Zerene.
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