Apologies for making the page so wide. I didn't want to resample the pictures and maybe ruin them.
There doesn't seem to be a thread about microscope photography going back a good while, so I started a new one. Thought it'd be fun to take close ups of razors, and see who else is doing it, and how.
I'm using a meiji stereo zoom with a camera trinocular port. It's a low powered "dissection" microscope. It'll go up to about 100X or so, although my lenses can only get to 45X. I picked up a cheap video camera to play around with. Don't know much about optics, photography, or microscopes.
It's kind of difficult to set up good lighting. Don't know which sources and holders are best. Also, a straight razor needs to be placed very precisely to have the entire visible length of the blade in focus. Just setting it down on the platform leaves it sitting at a slight angle, with one end of the blade higher than the other. That's enough to keep most of the visible part out of focus in these pictures. Of course, lighting plays a great part here. There's also no way to control things like fstop and exposure time on this video camera.
Was considering getting the adapter for my camera, a Nikon D40, but the adapter cost almost as much as the camera kit. I think the zoom feature requires special optics. Don't know much about how it all works, except that you need the right lenses to focus at the right distance. For now, I can take pictures with the cheap video camera by adjusting the head distance separately for the camera. At this distance, the eyepieces are out of focus. The video camera has 1.3 Mpixels. The camera has 6Mp.
Here's some pictures of a straight razor. Those long scratches might be from poor stropping using the paste side. One thing's apparent. There's a good bit of my face still on the razor, as well as leather particles from the strop.
Here's my trusty '54 Gilette relaxing after a day's work.
I originally picked up the microscope for electronics work.
We tried to solder a jumper across the switch that was pulled out. This picture is direct from a normal camera.
We managed to get a ball of solder on there, but it didn't make the electrical connection we hoped for.
Without the microscope, we couldn't see the wires connecting (or not connecting any longer) to the voice coil on this headphone.