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Re:Microscope / camera recommendations for otoliths 10 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 0  

Welcome to the CARE fish ageing forum!

What's your budget? Do you already have a microscope?

The cheapest option would be to get a consumer grade digital SLR camera (we used to use a Nikon Coolpix 990) and get an eyepiece adapter. If you have the money you can get a trinocular head for your microscope and a C-mount for your microscope. The downside to the digital SLR is that you aren't seeing exactly what you get when you take the picture and you have to manually transfer the files from your camera to the computer.

We spent the money and bought microscopy cameras (Leica DFC 420) that connect by firewire to a computer. This option allows you to see on the computer what the image will look like and automatically transfers the image to the computer hard drive.

Surprise surprise the more you spend the easier photography gets and the better the image quality. The first option would cost about $1000 and the second about $5000, not including the cost of the microscope.

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