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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Digital Microscope

As Philip mentioned in a recent post, taking a spore print and being able to check the spores under a microscope opens up a whole new dimension to  going on a fungus foray. And as digital cameras have made photography a whole lot easier, I feel the same can be said for microscopy. I make no pretensions whatsoever to being a microscopist in any shape or form but 2 years ago I purchased a microscope from Brunel Microscopes with an inbuilt camera. It is easily linked to a PC by the included software, and I must say that I have had a lot of fun out of it. Through no fault of my own some of the images that end up on my computer screen are really pretty.

If anyone is interested in seeing how  a digital microscope works with spores etc, and what you can then do with the images when you get them, I would be only too happy to show them. I could bring it along to the Botanical Gardens on a Tuesday perhaps if Bruce could find a spare corner with a desk and an electrical socket(?)
Please let me know if you are interested.


  1. Great Idea Colin , I'm sure Bruce would be only too pleased if you did. If he doesn't pick this up , I will have a word.

  2. There have been huge improvements with microscopy+photography recently. However take care and get advice. Tony got a set-up which seemed great but with increased magnification, definition was reduced -- things looked blurred. This might be OK sometimes but for most cup-fungi need to look at spore ornamentation as well as size. Tony had considered having a day at NBGW with David Harries, Pembs,as he has much experience with these things.

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Emily, I'll keep you posted.

    2. I would be interested as well, Colin.

    3. Thanks Theresa that's great, we'll get something sorted early in the new year.