Vegetable Gargoyles (Zea mays)

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Vegetable Gargoyles (Zea mays)

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I was scanning a cross section of the stem of maize Zea mays when I got the feeling I was being watched :shock: These are really water conducting vessels seen in cross section, but you must admit they look a lot like grotesque faces.

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This was taken with a Wild X10 0.45 Fluotar objective on a Nikon Diaphot microscope. This is a short barrel objective and requires an extender to reach focus, but is of excellent optical quality. Polarised light single unstacked image.

The next three images were taken with a long working distance Zeiss UD X20 0.57 objective. This is also a short barrel objective and requires an extender. Used in this way on the Diaphot it produces a measured magnification of about X16. These are also single unstacked images with polarised light.

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I particularly like the second 'gargoyle', the punk with the nose ring. :lol:
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Yes, these would make great Halloween masks. Nicely done.

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Good find.
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Thanks Baley and Pau. Yes I'd spotted your avatar Pau.
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Nice (and fun) images!
The next three images were taken with a long working distance Zeiss UD X20 0.57 objective. This is also a short barrel objective and requires an extender. Used in this way on the Diaphot it produces a measured magnification of about X16
Shouldn't that yield a mag slightly higher than 20X?

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Post by Cactusdave »

Thanks Charles. I may have messed up when I used the stage micrometer. I'll do it again. I must admit I was surprised. Really I need to go back and check the actual magnification several of these short barrel objectives that I routinely use give in the real world of my microscope. I'm not as meticulous about these things as I ought to be.
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