net and glove
|Home-made net and "brush
glove" used for algae washes.
sieves and dive slate
|Home-made sieves and
arm-mounted dive slate used for sand samples (the coffee can slips
around the dive slate while swimming out).
|Primary camera gear used by
CP: Nikon CP990 with a diffuser over the flash and a reflection collar (allows use without slave flashes). Also,
various small lenses (stack of simple diopters, reversed 50 mm lens,
low power Lomo reticle lens, Raynox MSN-202, high power Lomo reticle
lens, Raynox MSN-500, reversed 15x microscope ocular, reversed 20x
microscope ocular) for additional magnification.
underwater camera gear
|Primary underwater camera
gear used by CP: Nikon P5100 in a Fantasea housing with an internal
diffuser over the flash, an external diffuser and a reflection collar (allows use without strobes).
experimental dive mask
|CP's "new" dive mask modified
with external prescription lenses, +2 flip down option and +4 flip up
option. Update: the exterior lens mount worked but the flip-ups didn't.
|CP's "new"goggles modified
with inset prescription lenses and +2 flip down option. Update: the flip-up worked but the silicone seal
of the goggles was problematic.
|CP's low-cost silicone
webbing for more power in arm stroke. Update: these work pretty well but are best used without
gloves (provide reasonable protection for hands but with all fingertips
|CP's latest microscope: an
approximately $200 "student scope" (OM24L 20x/40x from microscope.com
with 10x oculars). The inbuilt lighting is stripped out--also the
various clamps on the stage, the outer housing around the objectives and
the upper portion of the eye cups. The base is weighted for stability.
It's supplemented with three Barlow lenses (0.3, 0.5, & 2.0)
attached with glue and step up/down rings so that they're
removable/stackable. Also, with two sets of additional oculars (5x and
20x) and a 10x reticle. A removable, homemade platform allows the scope
to be used as a vertical focus rail when working with a camera mounted
on a tripod/copy stand. Both sets of spare oculars, one of the Barlow
lenses, the reticle and the specimen platform were "inherited" from the previous