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  •  For those of us (0+ / 0-)

    who are in awe of the intellegence, courage to explore, attention to detail, and overall tenacity of scientists, keep those photos coming.  I love to view them and they keep me connected to the wonderful work all the science types do.

    "Do you want to tumble? Let's tumble." Stephen Colbert

    by tobendaro on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 05:14:17 AM PDT

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    •  *sighs* (0+ / 0-)

      I really want a good lab microscope capable of taking photomicrographs for Christmas.  Seriously.  I have a cheap $200 model with a mechanical stage and an oil immersion objective--the very least I must have in a microscope--but its quality is poor.

      "It has been said of chess that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not of chess."
      A fan of fur

      by Ernest Tomlinson on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 06:02:53 AM PDT

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      •  I am planning (0+ / 0-)

        on asking a friend who is a professional photographer how all this is done.  I am amazed at the shots of the moon, they look so close.  I sent her these links, she will loovvve me for it.

        "Do you want to tumble? Let's tumble." Stephen Colbert

        by tobendaro on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 06:42:51 AM PDT

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      •  They aren't cheap! (0+ / 0-)

        I do a fair amount of work with confocal microscopy, microscopes that use fixed-wavelength lasers to take specific z-planes of a specimen. Great for looking at fluorescent tags; we can localize anything we can tag with a fluorescent probe.  Great for looking for anything from proteins to viruses in individual cells.

        And the setup we use runs well over six figures.

        I think even a simple fluorescent scope, the kind that take those beautiful black-field, glowing-feature pictures, run about $25,000 or so.

      •  labx (0+ / 0-)
        grizzly analytical,
        and other companies sell used lab equipment on the web. If you have any failing biotech companies (sigh) in your area you might also check for auctions. I know a few profs that use ebay, but occasionally they get burned.

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