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Taking photos through a microscope

Three main methods
1. Through the eyepiece (can give very good results with a good camera and a steady hand. Only trick is to “try before you buy” to make sure camera will work
2. Through an adapter that fits into your microscope eye tube. Eyepieces can be pulled out of your eye tube and an adapter can be slipped right in. The adapter threads right onto a camera and the adapter has optical lenses inside, usually the equivalent of a 10x eyepiece. The camera that most people used up until 2007 was the Nikon Coolpix series (990, 950, 995,4500) which are now out of production. They are still very common though and can be picked up on Ebay, or if you’re lucky by word of mouth. The adapter has also been available on Ebay through several dealers. On an Ebay search, key in “microscope Coolpix adapter” and you should find one. They usually sell for $59 to $85 USD. Since 2007 the most popular “through the eyetube” setup is with the Canon Powershot “G” series (G6,G7,G9,G10,G11,G12) These use a lens adapter and a Zeiss adapter lens, which we can supply you. For photos, For photos of these setups, click on “imaging” on the left side of our homepage.
3. Through a dedicated camera-video port on Trinocular microscopes. The opening size will be different depending on the brand of microscope. Some microscopes will accept their own adapters that will connect more or less directly to a specific camera. A more common connection has been through an intermediate “C” mount adapter. (The “C” mount is a standard video thread) This configuration generally gives the best results for photography. We recommend and sell Zeiss Axiocam and PixeLINK® digital cameras.



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