Microphotograph of a Hard Disk Read and Write Head

Here is a microphotograph of a hard disk read-and-write head under high magnification. The read and write head hovers just above the hard disk platter as the platter spins constantly at 7,200 RPM. I took this photograph using a DSLR camera Read More...
Measuring ash particle sizes using calipers.

Iceland Volcanic Ash Examined

I recently was given a sample of volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. This is the volcano that caused air traffic interruptions in May 2010 throughout Europe due to ash drifting several kilometers high in the Read More...

Microphotograph of the Grooves in a Vinyl Record

I was looking at some old vinyl records and though it would be neat to examine one under a microscope. Below are a few micro-photgraphs of the grooves in a vinyl record at 90X magnification. It is amazing how much dust can build up in the Read More...

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Microphotograph

Here is a microphotograph of MI-WON brand MSG crystals. Monosodium Glutamate is a popular food additive in Asian cuisine. The MSG crystals are roughly cylindrical in shape with a dimension of approx. 1.28mm long by 0.32 mm diameter and Read More...

Canon Powershot LCD Screen Microphotograph

One of the first things I was interested in examining with my new microscope was the LCD screen on my digital camera. If you look closely at a color LCD screen, every single pixel is composed of three colored cells that blend together to Read More...

Microphotographs of Buttered Popcorn

Here are some pictures of popcorn taken with my new microscope using a Canon D60 camera with a t-ring adapter. This image has had its focal range expanded using DOF (Depth of Field) stacking using the program "Helicon Read More...