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Small Tea set up questions (ACT)

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Daner, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    Tim are you still planning to include a microscope with the microbulators soon?
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    It is my understanding that Tim will have a $300 version and a $600 version of microscope designed to use for soil, compost and compost teas when observing fungi, bacteria, nematodes, etc.

    This is from an email I got from him,

    Each microscope will come with these custom designed filters as well as a custom made 20X objective which the manufacturer made for me. The enhancement produces images which are similar to those seen using phase contrast and differential interference contrast (3D). The brightfield images are also very good. Eac h microscope will also come with a DVD produced by myself teaching the use of the microscope, general microscopy and some compost and compost tea observational techniques. There will be extras available for additional charges, such as a 3X multiplier lens, 100X objective, carrying case and plan achromatic objectives. I am also working on a camera which I'm hoping will sell for under $200. I may end up leaving something out here but will post a proper description this week on my webpage.

    The optical quality is as good as, or superior to the Leica CME.
  3. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Bill is correct.

    I posted this on the CT forum but not here because of the advertising issue.

    I'm working right now to post info and video on my webpage. Should have some up today.

    I will not be ordering the scopes until around May 9th as I'm working with the manufacturer on a few minor improvements.

    This gives ample time for everyone to put in their orders so I can get an idea of how many to order.

    I apologize for being a month behind schedule on this but I fell, damaging my hand badly and could not work in the lab for over a month.

  4. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    Tim, any suggestions on the type of place to look for an unused natural open head 55 gal plastic drum? The only place I found locally was a shipping supply that had closed head only and a $100 minimum order.
  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    .08 cfm per gallon of water and you almost cant go wrong.

    open top drum, try a chainsaw!!!!
  6. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,372

    HELL YEAH! That was exactly what was going through my mind...
  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Car wash, bottling plant, dry cleaner....anywhere that they need to bring in bulk
    The companies often have to pay to get rid of them, free to get rid of is good
  8. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    20X objective video; full size scope




  9. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    If you cut the top out, be sure to cut around the inside of the rim to leave the rim intact. This retains the strength and provides the rim for clipping to. Jig saw is easy.


    You can probably find a barrel locally for $25 to $50. I prefer a white barrel (natural) but this is not necessary. Black is difficult to clean.


    Part # 56W55N (Natural)



  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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