Posted (7/6/2014) - I just modified and updated the photography equipment in the observatory. Up to now, I have been using the Fuji DSLR pro cameras (S2, S3, S5) connected to the microscope to collect images. This worked "OK" but was not the best way or most convenient way to capture great images through the microscope.
A few days ago I installed a new "dedicated camera" to the neck of the microscope that has made it so much more functional. The camera is a 10 megapixel cmos with a full color array and functionality. It is connected to the computer with dedicated software. It runs in live video on start up so you can see the images "on screen" as you are tethered to the computer. With images on a large monitor you can really see detail of the subject and pay better attention to focus adjustments. With the push of one button it will either record a video or snap a still in high resolution. The video and still images exceed anything I have been able to obtain before. The camera has all the "pro" functions and settings including a built in intervalometer for time lapse photography.
The manufacture of the camera is AmScope. They make a 3, 5 and 10 megapixel version. Their manual was not very helpful. Most of the functionality of the camera I learned on my own by experimenting and calling on years of experience with working with pro camera settings.
I will create a new gallery of images to the right over the next few days under the title "PHOTOMICROSCOPY" and I hope you will drop by frequently to see how they evolve. I view these images as "scientific art" forms.
It is a bit too hot to do much astrophotography in Peoria, Arizona right now with temperatures in the 108 range plus. Therefore I will spend some time learning a few more things about photomicroscopy in the air conditioning and posting the results for us all to see.
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