The Colorado College Geology Department currently uses a 15 year old low resolution analog video camera that is less than ideal for the projection of images of rock thin-section slides for mineralogy and petrology classes.
As you can see, the current system outputs a very low resolution image standard video that covers less than ½ the field of view of the thin section at any magnification of the microscope, and when viewed on a screen is not really satisfactory for illustrating detailed physical and optical properties of the minerals which the students need to learn to study and analyze minerals and rocks from thin-sections.
The new camera system we are requesting -- the Spot Imaging Solutions HD Vision HD video Microscope camera -- will provide live HD video output at 60 frames per sec at full 1080p resolution with out put to both computers and HDTV flat panel monitors. This will allow us to project high resolution images of rock thin-sections in the classroom/lab environment to illustrate to our students the important optical properties of minerals in thin-section that are critical for learning mineral identification using the powerful tool of the petrographic microscope.
The new camera system costs $5,295 to purchase. This will be a significant investment for the department, and we truly need your support to defray the cost. Help us purchase this important piece of equipment!
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