It’s not nice today it feels blasted cold. Whilst out on our walk I was turning logs over in the hope of finding an interesting beetle, grub or larvae. I found a very nice black ground beetle and decided to pop him on a rock on a plate with water and focus stack several images. I got all set up with the camera tethered to the laptop. LED ring lights for illumination and introduced it to the stage. The daft bugger had a wander round the rock and then fell in the water. I saved it from drowning with my finger and then popped a bit of honey on the rock. It ate some but before I could take a frame it was back in the water. Once again I launched the lifeboat and got a quick snap.
It looks as if it has a hernia and is very shiny but that is just because it’s soaking wet. I didn’t think these could fly but it is starting to open it’s wing cases. I gave up and popped it in the hedge bottom. Ungrateful little beast.
Yesterday afternoon was hot and sunny so in between lazing about I found this little beauty.
I have been thinking of rigging up a finite 10x microscope objective on a tube and connecting it to the camera. It is more complicated than I realized as there seems to be little standardisation between microscope manufacturers. The tube will have to be either 160mm or 210mm long less the adaptor to the camera and the distance from that to the sensor or film plane, It gets worse as some objectives are designed to work with cover slips and others aren’t. I guess I could do with a metallurgical one. Then the threads on the objectives vary from Whitworth 36tpi to several metric ones. I did come across some excellent looking lenses with built in LEDs, lots of various magnifications and a price tags to match.
I almost know exactly what I want. I may forget it as it would only work on dead things and with a stepping motor driven focusing system. I’ll just keep on as I am. Maybe.