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How to use the microscope software and record data

  1. Download the microscope manual and software from click here
  2. Navigate to
  3. Select DigiCapture pro software for Windows, or Mac, or click here for Windows and here for MAC
  4. The security on your computer may stop you from running the program, you need to accept that the program is safe.

If you do not want to use the software for the microscope,  you may use

  1. Camera built into Microsoft
  2. PhotoBooth in Apple mac, if you have upgraded you MAC software, then photobooth does not work with external camera. The fix is to go the PhotoBooth in the application folder, duplicate the program and then run the duplicated program.  There is a bug with the Apple OS software.

Run the Digi Capture program to load onto your computer

  1. Press Esc to exit full screen
  2. In setting wheel, set the highest possible resolution 2592 x 1944
  3. Format MJPG
  4. Photo format PNG
  5. On the top menu FILE, click on Photos directory and select New Folder.  Select a new folder location and name. This could be GOESproject on your desktop. This will now be the location where the photos will be stored. Click open to return the DigiCapture pro screen
  6. On the top File menu click on Photos directory again, 4 x folders will have been created. Names Photo1 Photo2 Photo3 Photo4. You can change the file names to whatever you want, I suggest you use a date, in the format 02-03-22/day or night  day-month-year.  Select the folder where you want the photos to be saved, then click open to return to the DigiCapture screen
  7. Pres ESC to exit full screen mode, click the open folder icon and take the 5 x photos of each of the 5mm diameter holes on the filter cartridge. The photos will appear on the right side of the screen.  Click on one of the photos and select SAVE ALL
  8. Make sure the photos have been saved in the correct folder, and then from the DigiCapture screen delete the photos on the right side .
  9. Once you have your 5 x photos from the one sample, it is then best to transfer to the Spreadsheet. On the spread sheet, the coordinates for the photo location are given from A2 to A15.  Select A2 for the first set of photos.  The spreadsheet will jump to the Photos section and the location for the photo will be outlined.
  10. In the photo folder, select the first photo that you wish to transfer. Click on the photo to open the image. You can now count the plankton and plastic particles and fibre.  The fibres will be easy to count and may be a range of colours. The plastic particles are more difficult to distinguish, but if they are highly coloured, then they are likely to be plastic.  With the image open, Copy the image and then PAST into the spreadsheet.  You will have to RESIZE the image to fit in the spread sheet cell.
  11. The image size is about 16Mb and when pasted into the Excel Spreadsheet, the original size should be 340mm x 457mm. It is important that you keep this size of the original image.

Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossible

Dr. Howard Dryden, CSO

Goes Foundation

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The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
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