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Re: [school-discuss] digital microscopes that work under Linux

On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 12:32 -0600, Gordon J. Holtslander wrote:
> On Thursday 13 December 2007 9:53:47 am Daniel Howard wrote:
> > Anybody know which digital microscopes can be made to work easily under
> > Linux in a thin client scenario?  Would like options for both 1) a
> > single, higher end scope connected to class server and 2) lesser but
> > more numerous scopes for each thin client.
> >
> > Thanks, Daniel
> There is a very good open-source microscopy program called micromanager that 
> will work on linux.
> http://www.micro-manager.org/
> Its based on ImageJ http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/

ImageJ is a really nice package. I used it when I was teaching at Emory.
Video capture and then subsequent analysis of the images using ImageJ
for physics 2D motion analysis. Very nice.
> Its  has a level of sophistication that perhaps goes far beyond what it is 
> needed in a typical educational environment.
> A list of hardware it supports is here:
> http://www.micro-manager.org/support.php
> A firewire based scope would likely be better supported than  USB. 
> Micromanager uses the  libdc1394 firewire library to support firewire cameras
> Perhaps a good strategy would be to support a camera system that could be 
> mounted on existing traditional optical scope.  Many schools already have 
> traditional microscopes/.
> A scope using a camera supported by the libdc1394 firewire library should work 
> with linux
> http://damien.douxchamps.net/ieee1394/libdc1394/
> see the IEEE1394 Digital Camera List 
> http://damien.douxchamps.net/ieee1394/cameras/
> cameras compatible with the  IIDC/DCAM standard should work.
> Also look at Coriander- Linux graphical user interface (GUI) for controlling a 
> Digital Camera through the IEEE1394
> ttp://damien.douxchamps.net/ieee1394/coriander/index.php
> Might be possible to mount a cheap firewire camera on the occular of a regular 
> scope and control it with Coriander or Mircomanager
> We used Micromanager here at the UofS to support a camera that had no 
> Macintosh drivers supplied by the manufacturer.  The lab installed 
> Micromanager and the camera worked :)
> Also used it to support an old digital camera/scope that was no longer support 
> by its manufacturer  (unless we spent $1000s to upgrade software)
> Gord
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