Behold! The official Myers Lab Spider-Cam!

Remember how I complained about my defunct microscope camera? I complain no more. Thanks to a gift from an exceedingly generous donor, I now have a brand new beautiful Canon camera for the lab! Here it is, mounted on a microscope adapter on my Wild M3C; I can also mount it on my Leica.

So glorious. It’s going to see a lot of use, too. I share this scope with my colleagues in the department, and they can also use it to photograph their non-spider specimens. Most kindly, it also came with a collection of lenses, which means I can use it for more than just lab work — I’m trying to get funding for a summer student to do a spider diversity survey, and this means we’ll both be going out around West Central Minnesota, documenting spiders all over the place.

This is going to make my work so much easier. Next, I’m going to have to get some really tiny things I can photograph on the new setup — in the next week or so, I’ll post some samples.

It was like Christmas around here this afternoon! An entirely secular, scientific Christmas, of course.


  1. bjnich2 says

    Nice. The Amscope-branded cheap LED ring lights are functional, but the color temperature is poor, and I doubt the CRI is good for photography (at least if color accuracy is important for your photos). I wish there were better LED rings, but haven’t found better yet (doing fossil prep). Now you need a Wemacro motor kit for stacking with the microscope focusing stand.

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Very sniny…conga rats on the donation, and big “way to go” for the donor.