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    My Amber.. Take Two!

    Post  macrocephale on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:42 pm

    During my time off over the summer I'll be booking the camera-microscope room for a day or two so I can get some proper pictures of my own instead of some I've borrowed from the seller(s).. This is the best I could get by taking pictures through a regular microscope with my usual camera..:





    (I've got plenty more than just these, there was a thread somewhere with the 'borrowed' pictures..
    I'll be heading into the prep room a couple of times as well, so prepare for more pics of prepped ammonites and stuff geek

    Edit: Oops, didn't realise the originals would be so big..

    Edit2: Pics here on page 2.


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    Post  ermaster on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:39 pm

    love to see the picture once taken thought the camera-microscope Smile
    i would love to find some amber of my own but i dont know any places were i can localy Sad
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    Post  macrocephale on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:49 pm

    You can find tiny scrapes (barely 1mm and very very very very rare) in most terrestrial deposits worldwide, but it will pretty much never have anything in..

    Mine is mostly bought Baltic amber, from Latvia/Estonia/Germany, some from Madagascar (copal not amber) and a little Dominican Amber..
    If you want I can point you in the direction of a couple of good sellers..
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    Post  Kosmos on Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:06 am

    Nice fossil insects I must say!

    I do have some British amber in my collection, but it does not contain an insect. My Baltic stuff has insects in. Found amber in Sweden some years ago.
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    Post  ermaster on Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:13 pm

    macrocephale wrote:You can find tiny scrapes (barely 1mm and very very very very rare) in most terrestrial deposits worldwide, but it will pretty much never have anything in..

    Mine is mostly bought Baltic amber, from Latvia/Estonia/Germany, some from Madagascar (copal not amber) and a little Dominican Amber..
    If you want I can point you in the direction of a couple of good sellers..
    please do i would love to have some in my collection!
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    Post  macrocephale on Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:37 pm

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    Post  rockhopper on Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:54 pm

    Lovely amber, is that a spider in the top one?
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    Post  macrocephale on Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:37 am

    Thanks Smile
    Yep, got a fair few spiders, I generally preferentially bought them compared to the mites/flies/ etc (I have a cockroach as well!), just because spiders are cool geek thumbsup
    I'll probably be booking the microscope lab for Thursday to get the pictures, but here are the original pics from the buyers of most of my amber.. I'll be taking more/more detailed pics later this week..
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    Post  rockhopper on Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:02 am

    Excellent! Looking forward to the pictures Smile

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    Post  macrocephale on Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:45 pm

    Rightey ho, I'm in the camera room atm, getting plenty of pics, I won't upload anything straight away when I'm done, as I'm going to try the image stacking software to get more depth of field in the pictures.. thumbsup
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    Post  Kosmos on Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:38 pm

    macrocephale wrote:Rightey ho, I'm in the camera room atm, getting plenty of pics, I won't upload anything straight away when I'm done, as I'm going to try the image stacking software to get more depth of field in the pictures.. thumbsup
    Can't wait to see em!
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    Post  macrocephale on Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:19 pm

    Here's a taster, before I get on the stacking software:

    All of the Madagascan copal ants (any many of the other insects too) seem to have rather fun googly eyes!

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    Post  Guest on Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:28 pm

    macrocephale wrote:

    All of the Madagascan copal ants (any many of the other insects too) seem to have rather fun googly eyes!


    They eye is amazing - how old is this copal?
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    Post  Kosmos on Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:40 pm

    Your insects are rather nice. The eye is amazing!

    Some madagascan stuff can be as young as 2000 years old, but lots is much older.
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    Post  macrocephale on Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:47 pm

    Copal is generally between 10,000 and 1-2,000,000 years old, Dominican is around 20 something million and Baltic is around 45-55 million (the three types I have), but there around 200 recognised different types of amber/copal..

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    Post  macrocephale on Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:04 pm

    Right, they're all up on Facebook now (link in Sig- all fossil album are public Very Happy ), I'll post them up here later today.. Only slight problem is that facebook doesn't work on my laptop anymore for soem stupid reason, and the uni computers won't allow me to open images in new tabs so I can't hotlink them... And I cba to upload 46 pictures to servimg one at a time.. I'll upload the best ones later if facebook keeps being stupid...

    Edit: I posted a couple on another forum yesterday so I can copy the html from that...





    Sorry they're a bit big!
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    Post  rockhopper on Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:15 pm

    Thats really cool.

    I was wondering, if you shake do the pupils move? lol!
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    Post  macrocephale on Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:45 pm

    Finally, the Uni. computer suite is open again so I can start posting some stuff! (My laptop is still having problems with Facebook, and I can't be bothered with uploading 200 images one at a time to an image hosting site (I need to find one that allows the upload of more than one image..)).
    So, here's the fist load of images, the flies & gnats;



































    (The last one is from the second picture in the OP (original post). thumbsup



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    Post  macrocephale on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:06 pm

    Ants, beetles & other insects (Inc. a cockroach!)
    (In reverse order geek )





















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    Post  macrocephale on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:22 pm

    And finally, the spiders!
    (The first 3 are of the same specimen, as are 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 12 and 13, 14 and 15).































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    Post  macrocephale on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:27 pm

    If you wish to know whether a specimen is from Baltic amber or Madagascan copal, just ask thumbsup.
    The white coating on some specimens is from liquids and gasses inside the arthropods which leak out after they were fully coated in the sap.

    There is also this:, which was in one of my two pieces of Dominican amber (the other has no inclusions)




    Both pictures ore of the same specimen (one above the other, from the same side), but I don't know what it is.. It's approx. 3-4mm long. Only thing I can think of at the moment is that it could be plant remains.
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    Post  Kosmos on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:49 pm

    Lovely insects mate!

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