QX3 Digital Image Gallery
Transmitted Brightfield Illumination
Trichomes in Verbascum Leaf
Trichomes are plant hairs found in many plants often on all above-ground surfaces including the stems, leaves, and flowers. The digital images below were made of stained thin sections of leaves from Verbascum, a relative of common roadside mullein.
Trichomes at 60x Magnification
Trichomes at 200x Magnification
The transmitted brightfield digital images above were recorded using a QX3 microscope that was modified for auxiliary illumination. This was accomplished by directing a fiber optic light pipe at a quarter-inch hole drilled into the front of the mixing chamber to increase the illumination intensity. The light pipe was aimed at the side of the mixing chamber to avoid directing illuminating the frosted diffusion screen.
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