Microscopy and Photography
Six years ago I started with photography using my microscope and a web cam.
I removed the lens of the web cam, screwed an adapter on it and in front of the adapter came a IR-UV blocking filter. This way no dust can reach the CCD (I use a Philips ToUCam, because that web cam has a real CCD).
webcam with adapter
My microscope is trinocular and the adapter can be connected very easy on top of the microscope with one screw (see picture). I think most people will have some more work to do to connect their web cam to the microscope. There is a lot of software to assist you with that, but I wanted the software to save the picture (or movie) without asking me questions about file-names. Also I did want to record the magnification factor (i.e. the magnification of the objective). I also wanted to measure structures on my photographs. Most software has no possibility to do that.
So I developed my own program that does what I want to do with my webcam and microscope.
microcope with webcam
The software has some features that might interest other people:
- Save the picture (or move with a single push on a button) as BMP, JPG or PNG
- File name can be: Date+Time+Magnification or File name+Number+Magnification (you can Copy (or load from file) a picture in a measuring window. After calibration you can measure objects on the photo
- Insert a scale (as you know from electron microscope pictures) and save the file again
- Make calibration files for up to 16 different microscope-webcam combinations
- Comprehensive manual
This software is called: MICAM (stands for: Microscope Image Capture And Measurement)
The use of MICAM is free, but....
Support the development of my free software like MICAM and
Update October 2012
MICAM1.6_setup.exe (with installer)
Most important changes:
- now it is possible to record an AVI file of very slow processes.
- added new scale options and cured bugs (thanks to the input of several users)
- better manual, now as pdf file with images.
- cured many bugs
Here is an example of what you can do with MICAM:An example picture