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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-)

      http://www.labx.com/...
      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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