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You'll want this

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by EulersK, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    I bought this microscope and got it just today. It cost me $40 on Amazon, and it is already worth every penny. Literally the first picture I took on the thing was sexing a 1.5" B. smithi, and it took about 45 seconds to get a confirmed sex. A handheld jeweler's microscope is around $10 - just make the plunge to this.

    Now, it's not for photographers. Colors are very muted and it's only 1280x720 resolution. But it's absolutely perfect for sexing small slings and just getting a good look at things. Look at some of these pictures, this thing's amazing.

    Human hair

    Hair follicle

    Dried sea sponge

    Cleaver (new)

    Tropical white springtail

    A few shots of an adult male dubia roach
    2017-04-18-22-04-03.jpg ----- 2017-04-18-22-08-13.jpg ----- 2017-04-18-22-04-33.jpg ------ 2017-04-18-22-05-15.jpg

    B. smithi sexing, 1.5"
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  2. Blue Jaye

    Blue Jaye Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    So your coming over to sex more molts then. :p
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  3. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    This connects to any Android phone! So yeah, makes transportation easy :p
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  4. ledzeppelin

    ledzeppelin Arachnobaron

    How close to the object must you be? Because those lenses for phone cameras require that you literally press them down to the molt almost.. This results in constantly shriveling of the molt and subsequently annoyance :)
  5. Shudragon

    Shudragon Arachnopeon

    Birthdays a month away, sent to gf ;)
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  6. KaptinKrunch

    KaptinKrunch Arachnopeon

    I got the kid something similar for Christmas. You can have so much fun with them.
  7. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    If you want the full 200x magnification, then yeah, the lense has to be pretty much touching the object. But I took that sexing picture at about 0.5" away from the exuvia.
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  8. volcanopele

    volcanopele Arachnosquire

    very cool! Though my issue with sexing isn't so much whether I can see the relevant parts, but actually unfolding such tiny abdomens. The best I've been able to manage was a 2.25" LP molt. not sure how you are able to unfold the smaller sheds. I've been using ball point pins that seems to work as long as I am very slow and careful.
  9. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    I use two pairs of needle tipped tweezers and a dulled safety pin. The trick is that you should never actually grab anything on the exuvia, only unfold. Hence the dulled needle. Another user on here suggested getting raw wire and folding it, which is a great idea. I got one of those wire twist ties you get with bread, tore off the coating, and folded it once. Absolutely perfect shape and size.

    It also goes without saying that you need to give the exuvia a 30 second bath in warm soapy water to loosen it up. Unless you got the exuvia within an hour of the spider molting, that step isn't optional.
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  10. Can you try to find my hopes and dreams with that thing?
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  11. Lunitar

    Lunitar Arachnoslacker Arachnosupporter

    It is a very handy tool. I have one similar that I keep in my office for pcb soldering and bearing analysis.
  12. Haemus

    Haemus Arachnosquire

    Cool find. A bit more expensive for us north of the border, but it records in video and gets some positive reviews, so I'm sold :)

    @volcanopele I'm dealing with the same issue as well. Do you light the exuvia from the bottom? I've found that doing so helps being able to see wrinkles and folds I didn't know were even there.
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  13. Magenta

    Magenta Arachnosquire

    OOOOOOOHH! I might have to get one of these. I'm actually really excited about all the things I could look at under the microscope.:p

    Thanks for sharing this!:)
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  14. DrowsyLids

    DrowsyLids Arachnosquire

    I drove to three stores the other day looking for a cheap microscope and didn't find one. I'm kicking myself for not thinking about ordering one online :banghead:
    Thanks for the link though
  15. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    Very cool man. The USB one I got wont hook to my phone though so I'm kinda jealous.
  16. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    I played with it a bit more last night. This scope has a slide that allows you to adjust the intensity of the light beam, which would be nice... if it didn't simply refocus and saturate depending on light. It makes the slide useless. Well, you can't turn off this feature on the phone, but you can turn it off on the computer. For that reason alone, I'll be using it on my computer from now on. On the computer, you can also do some neat stuff like adjust contrast, brightness, and even crop all within the program. Nothing I can't just do in Photoshop, but it's nice to have for quick and dirty shots.

    I'm going to try and build a small light table with some frosted glass I have lying around. Much better for sexing, which is why I bought this in the first place. Just going to pick up a cheap LED and slide switch at RadioShack and mount the glass to a wooden frame.
  17. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    Nice, I'm currently using an upside down 16oz deli cup I cover in a wet white paper towel to defuse the light. I use a 2 LED head lamp inside it as the light source.

    I have only been using the camera because the images are higher resolution but for smaller molts I maybe able to get more precise/better focus with the microscope.

    Let me know how your table works out.
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  18. Walker253

    Walker253 Arachnobaron

    @EulersK put a link up to the microscope you bought
  19. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    Here did in the 1st post as a hyper link. They are pretty easy to overlook sometimes. :)

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  20. Haemus

    Haemus Arachnosquire

    When I was sexing my molt last week I was thinking of upgrading my setup as well. I just picked up one of these for photography purposes but I'm thinking it may work for sexing too:
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