The camera you choose for your microscopy will depend largely on the type of image you would like to capture, video or still. Additionally, three types of cameras are available, and two are suitable for microscopy work. These include television (direct video), computer capture and commercial cameras. Let us help you choose the camera for your microscope application.
Mount a Camera at the Right Height on the CS-Mount
The camera mounted where the focusing occurs in the middle turning of the focus ring showing about a 1.5 mm gap.
To get the camera to this location:
- Lower the locking ring to the bottom of the mount.
- Screw the camera onto the CCD ring.
- Lower them all the way down (clockwise).
- Rotate the camera back (CCW) about 3 turns upwards.
- Bring up the locking ring up to prevent the camera from rotating.
To focus the camera:
- Make sure that the eyepieces are engaged into their keyed slots.
- Rotate the main eyepiece body and push down. At some rotation point, the pins and sockets will engage and the eyepiece will drop into a slot locking the main eyepiece body in place.
- Set the diopters on both eyepieces to zero.
- At the microscopes lowest magnification (usually #1 on the dial) focus on a flat object using the right eyepiece (assuming the camera is on the right side of the beam splitter) by moving articulated arm up and down. You may need to turn on the coaxial lamp on low intensity.
- Lock the arm once the view is in sharp focus. Do not move the diopter on the eyepiece.