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by billjanes1
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Helicon Tube?
Replies: 17
Views: 6266

I do not have Helicon Tube, but looking at the picture on their site, it seems that there is a photo sensor that detects flashes going off, so this is one way to get that signal (camera has taken a picture) In looking at the Helicon web site, I can find no manual for the FB Tube, but I infer from t...
by billjanes1
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Helicon Tube?
Replies: 17
Views: 6266

Helicon Tube?

On browsing the Helicon site, I saw a page on Helicon Tube which is a short extension ring that can automate focus stacking by micro-stepping auto-focus lenses with Nikon and Canon autofocus lenses with a built in motor. It costs US$200 and appears interesting. Does anyone have experience with this ...
by billjanes1
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Those are only protective cover glass, not optical elements. No alignment needed. Heat the epoxy with a hair dryer heat and scrape offf the epoxy edges and pry the glasses out. Clean both sides and reinstall with 5 min epoxy or just leave off entirely if you're comfortable with that. This is a chea...
by billjanes1
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

I tried to clean a fogged stereo microscope by removing those two elements. But they are carefully aligned by the manufacturer and I could not re-align them manually when I tried to put the scope back together. Lou, See the previous post by Choronzon, which is quoted below: "Those are only protecti...
by billjanes1
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Can deconvolution counter diffraction softening?
Replies: 22
Views: 7483

Comparing the images posted side by side by Rik, I still find the RL deconvolution version better than the USM: clearer detail and less chromatic aberration. Detail fake or not it seems an excellent algorithm. Roger Clark , an astrophysicist with extensive digtal image processing experience, has pu...
by billjanes1
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

I tried to clean a fogged stereo microscope by removing those two elements. But they are carefully aligned by the manufacturer and I could not re-align them manually when I tried to put the scope back together. Here is some followup on the problem. The image below is a 1:1 view of the original imag...
by billjanes1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Lou Jost wrote:I tried to clean a fogged stereo microscope by removing those two elements. But they are carefully aligned by the manufacturer and I could not re-align them manually when I tried to put the scope back together.
Thanks for the information. So, what did you do?

Bill
by billjanes1
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope
Replies: 8
Views: 1213

Advice on Nikon SMZ-1B Stereo Scope

I just purchased a Nikon SMZ-1B stereo microscope on ebay and the overall condition of the scope appears good the the images seen through the scope appear crisp with good contrast. However, I noted some type of fogging on the protective covers at the objective side as shown below. External cleaning ...
by billjanes1
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Carrying Case For Stackshot
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Carrying Case For Stackshot

I have a an extended rail stackshot and am interested in using it in the field with a battery pack. I am looking for some type of carrying case in which I can safely transport the setup into the field. The cardboard box with foam inserts that the unit came with is one option, but not that elegant. I...
by billjanes1
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Attaching a Full-Frame DSLR to a Microscope
Replies: 39
Views: 8172

Can I purchase a 'repro' stand or will I have to make it myself? Perhaps I may just get a camera that has the electronic first curtain shutter - do you know of any models offhand that use F-Mount lenses that have that feature any chance? The Nikon D810 was the first Nikon dSLR to have EFCS. My D800...
by billjanes1
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Rove Beetle (With WeMacro)
Replies: 9
Views: 4187

Re: Rove Beetle (With WeMacro)

Sharks wrote:
billjanes1 wrote:
Sharks wrote:[url=https://flic.kr/p/SgMLo4]

A present came next to WeMacro. But you can buy it from below;

http://www.wemacro.com/?product=specimen-holder
Thanks, but no thanks. $10 item with $20 shipping and handling. Not a good deal!

Bill
by billjanes1
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Rove Beetle (With WeMacro)
Replies: 9
Views: 4187

Re: Rove Beetle (With WeMacro)

[url=https://flic.kr/p/SgMLo4] The first real shot with "WeMacro Automated Macro Rail". For those wondering, the device works very well. You can ask questions about the device in comments. Camera: Canon 6D Lens: Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x Magnification: 5x Light: 2 Ikeea Jansö 128 Shots Focus Stacking ...
by billjanes1
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: 2017 "High Magnification" Macro Setup (Automated)
Replies: 23
Views: 16221

Re: 2017 "High Magnification" Macro Setup (Automat

Sharks wrote:This is the new setup i used to take high magnification macro
Thanks for a very informative post with great pictures. What brand is your 4 way focusing rail? On looking on e-bay I see many similar items for around US$30, but have no idea of their quality.

Bill
by billjanes1
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Camera Control Pro2 substitute for MacbookPro
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

BTW, when you connect your My guess is that CCP2 is talking to the camera directly, with no more support from Mac OS than basic USB. (That's certainly the way that I'd do it, if I were in Nikon's shoes.) In my research on the internet, I have found that older Mac OS's have worked with Nikon Capture...
by billjanes1
Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Aperture setting for tube lens
Replies: 1
Views: 798

Aperture setting for tube lens

Back when I was doing a lot of photomicroscopy, after setting up for Köhler illumination, I would remove the photomicroscope eyepiece and view the exit pupil of the objective (actually the Zeiss photomicroscope had an Optovar that could do this without removing the eyepiece). I would then close down...