Setting a Nikon CoolPix 990-995 by Aaron Messing posted to sci.techniques.microscopy. My thanks to Aaron for permission to host this post on how to set up a CoolPix for use on a microscope. It points out a couple of things I wasn't always doing right and it would have saved me a lot of frustration getting started with my CoolPix on a microscope. 11/18/02

Gregor Overney's page Microscopy and Photomicrography he has some good information on digital photography backed with a lot of experiance. 1-5-03

From Micscape a piece on Trials with an Emoscop® on a digital camera  by Dave Walker. Dave shows how to adapt an inexpensive digital camera to macro photography. 1-5-03

LED Fluorescence Microscopy in Theory and Practice by Ely Silk, In this article for The Society for Amateur Scientists Mr. Silk explores using LED as a source of fluorescent light but his method of using an oiled right angle glass prism to introduce the light into a glass slide using the slide as a light pipe has some intersting possibilities. One possibility is to build a fluorescent microscope for diagnostic use in the third world for pennies on the dollar of what a regular fluorescent scope costs.

Electronic Flash as a Light Source for Photography through the Microscope This page not only shows how to build an electronic flash but is a gold mine of information on micro photography. I have written the person hosting the page for his name so I can give him the credit he deserves.

Stephen M. Powell's collection of links of how to's for connecting cameras to microscopes and other things. If you are interested in photography this is a must read. If you are interested in electronics his page will be of interest. It has annoying pop up windows.

Spike Walker's  Ultraphot Shop Spike has parts, information and needs for the Zeiss Ultrphot.

C. R Nave's Hyper Physics site to the Physics of light . It gets into real deep stuff. Georgia State University. 

NIH's latest image processing software ImageJ. A Java implementation of  NIH Image and Sicon Image that is public domain and runs on Mac's, Windows and Linux. It is a full featured open source image processing system with strong user support for user written plugins. It is a giant step forward from the old version and being open source and user extendable it has nowhere to go but up.  It is more complex than Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro but it is more powerful and the price is right.

Everett Ramer's page "Biomedical Structural Research" an extensive page on microscope and imaging resources including a many links to imaging software and source code for imaging algorithms. I expect to spend a long time mining this one.  10/18/02

Combine Z2 a free image stacking program that stacks multiple image from different planes of focus and yields one in focus image. It shows promise I haven't worked with it enough to get it tuned for best results.

Spectral Colors a Java applet from Dartmouth that show the color of various spectra both transmitted and reflected.

Forest Miller and others page on Digital Dragon Flies not only has beautiful images of dragon flies but shows how to use a scanner to image them unharmed.

Don Thomson's suggestions for some variations on Dark Ground Illumination.

THE CONTENTS OF 'TECHNICAL' of  the Quekett Microscopical Club's page

Crystal Land is a page on crystals under polarized light. Click on each image to proceed to the next.

How I discovered phase contrast , Frits Zernike.

PhotoWeb Tech page by by Gary Gaugler  has information on color correcting light and some professional micro photographs .

 The Imaging Source A commercial site of imaging products. Their page on background Info in the left frame has a great deal of information on Lighting, Optics,
Cameras, Frame Grabbers, and Software.

Institut für Technische Optik Cutting edge optical work. Some of it applies to microscopy and most is in English

Cells Alive
 James A. Sullivan's Quill Graphics page of fantastic microscope images.

Barrys Microscope Clipart  page. Some is free read the fine print if you use it for publication.

Zeiss Photo microscope work book from the University of Hawaii.

Electron Microscope Image Gallery by Tina Weatherby University of Hawaii.

Dennis Kunkel Microscopy , Inc does stock and contract photography. Images may be used for educational usage. The photographs are stunning.

Loes Modderman's Microscopic Science Art site has beautiful polarized images and images of sand from around the world.

Stefan Eberhard Photography Great pictures through the polarizing microscope.

Nikon CoolPix Cable release bracket that uses a standard cable release and flash bracket. David Coles has a great project here. One I wish I had thought of .For high magnification work on microscopes at long exposures epoxying a brace to square the box should make the bracket less prone to vibration problems. Not something he was concerned about.- Gordon

The Microscope on a Budget A Complete Guide to the Low Cost Light Microscope for the Laboratory, Photographers, and Hobbyists copyright © M. Brian Stevens. An online book on microscopy. Mr. Stevens also has some pages on photographing jewelry and other small items the will be of interest to many of you.

Commercial sources

Perspective Image LLC, Digital Camera to Microscope Adapter. Mark Simmons builds a Nikon Coolpix and Olympus camera adapters with self contained optics that drop in place of an eyepiece. He also builds a stand alone microscope that functions as a field microscope and as an attachment for cameras. He also builds simple polarizing attachments and is working on other projects. 

Bill Daily's MicrAP Enterprises manufactures DIN adapters to allow older short barrel objectives to be converted to 45 mm parfocal distance so they can be intermixed wiht newer objectives. He also has diatoms for sale, high index of refection media (1.68 & 1.72) and an adapter to connect fiber optics lights to Leitz Ortholux microscopes. He has also built a really nice looking stage mounted micro-manipulator. 1-5-03

DigiSnap make a digital camera controller that controls most digital cameras that come with a serial cable. It works with Nikon Cool Pix cameras as well as other and is more versatile than the factory controllers.

MVIA, Inc. makes adapters with optics designed for the Nikon Coolpix series cameras that can be connected either through the eyepieces or a trinocular port.  In addition they also offer research grade digital cameras and image analysis software as well."

Zarf's adaptors for Nikon CoolPix, Sony and Mavica digital cameras. Simple adaptors that mount on eyepieces and screw in to the treads of the camera.

Updated by Gordon Couger October 12, 2002