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Beatsy



Joined: 05 Jul 2013
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Location: Malvern, UK

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:17 pm    Post subject: Favourite things... Reply with quote

One of my favourite things is that time just after I finish cleaning a diatom sample, but before I start searching it. It sits there split into a drab heavy fraction with lovely snow-white frustules in separate test tubes. Tiny little packets of potential. But it's much like fishing (I imagine), where the initial anticipation is tempered by ensuing results. Sometimes better than expected but often not. Despite that, it's a moment I still enjoy every single time. The sample in the pic was finished 10 minutes ago. Contentment abounds, for now Very Happy

So what favourite things do other PMN members have? Please feel free to post pics too, if you wish. Cheers.

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zzffnn



Joined: 22 May 2014
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Location: Texas USA

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel the same, when I am doing some cheap and crazy DIYs. I can still learn something, even when my DIY fails.

One of my crazy but successful DIY was modification of a Nikon Optiphot (with machine nuts, Legos and super glue) to use LOMO water apo objectives and Leitz Heine condenser. The Frankenstein scope now works beautifully and is highly resolving. Just looking at it makes me happy.

Another thing that I really enjoy is sharing microscopy with my sons.
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Grahame



Joined: 30 Sep 2014
Posts: 50
Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me,
Crawling around in the mud and water, I have a passion for wetlands.
And turning over a log that has become an old friend over the years.
I've watched it decompose and seen the many forms of critters and cool fungi that its homed.
That half second as you turn it and see what treasures it holds today.
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Len Willan



Joined: 22 Mar 2009
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Location: Como West Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well-travelled Portable Macro Set up

This is the basic setup That I used in making the Website Australian Moths Online
http://www1.ala.org.au/gallery2/main.php
Over the last 15 years it has travelled countless times the 278 kilometres from home here at Como, to the Insect Collection in Canberra and back
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JW



Joined: 23 Feb 2011
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Location: New Haven, CT, USA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smashing large rocks into small bits - relieves stress Laughing and results in scraps small enough to fit under my binocular microscope, which permits screening for future photography, placement in the collection, or saved for trading. This usually exposes many microcrystals that otherwise would have been hidden from view, while running the risk of damaging the said crystals.

Best so far- smashing a pricey specimen of pyromorphite to reveal rare, never before photographed from the locality, microcrystals of leadhillite (imaging of such on my to-do list, but not done Rolling Eyes ).

Worst case - I can't remember the mineral (selective memory at work), nice microcrystal exposed on the surface of a 5" rock, thought there must be more inside. Managed to not only smash the crystal, but nothing else was recovered Crying or Very sad - but this only happens about 10% of the time.
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Beatsy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your "smashing rocks" thing sounds right up my street JW. Like treasure hunting with commensurate ups and downs. Similar (but different) with diatomite, you never know if it's worth the hassle of cleaning it until you've cleaned it Smile
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