Digital imaging facilities for micropalaeontology

Our extensive digital imaging facilities are used for a wide range of research projects, collection illustrations, and CD-ROM and online databases.

Transmitted light imaging

The micropalaeontology unit has a range of dedicated image capture facilities for calcareous nannofossil and palynology specimens:

  • Polaroid digital microscope camera plus Leica DMRX microscope with digital interference contrast (DIC), phase contrast and epiflourescence
  • Hamamatsu charge-coupled device (CCD) camera plus Zeiss Axioplan microscope with crossed-polars, phase contrast and DIC
  • Canon PowerShot imaging system plus Zeiss Axioskop microscope with DIC
  • Examples of fully focused composite microfossil images
    Fully-focused colour composite images

    Learn about imaging techniques being developed at the Museum that employ digital technologies to overcome the limitations of light micrographs.

  • Confocal laser scanning microscopy image of Florentinia abjuncta
    Confocal laser scanning microscopy

    Confocal laser scanning microscopy is an exciting alternative to conventional light microscopy and electron microscopy for the imaging of palynological specimens. Find out how it works.

Interested in using our digital imaging facilities?

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