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Dancing With Diatoms

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It's not actually the diatoms that I've been dancing with, but the microscope imaging software has been leading me on a merry dance indeed. Having sorted out the calibration routine I'm now able to measure very accurately in microns, as mentioned previously, but now I find that the images can only be stored as .tft files if they contain measurement data. This type of file does not load into any other program! Grrrr I have, however, managed to find a 'workaround' that works with relative ease and actually produces a better finished result. Yaaay

Another piece of good news is that I've managed to produce my first permanant slide using the Naphrax mountant without setting fire to the house, causing explosions, killing my dog, or any other nastiness. Hopefully this will be the case for all future permanant slide preparations. The Naphrax mountant has a higher refractive index (RI) than glass, water, and diatoms, so the finer details of the diatom shells are now coming into view. These fine structures are important for identification purposes and it shouldn't be too long before I can start placing my specimens into their genera.

Here's an example of some diatoms taken from a wet orange-stained moss on a wall at Woodlands View. Enjoy.

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