remote video

Peter Rauch peterr at VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
Tue Jul 11 09:11:46 CDT 1995

>Date:         Tue, 11 Jul 1995 09:57:28 -0600
>From: Kirkendall Lawrence <klawrenc at CARIARI.UCR.AC.CR>

>video cameras.  The resolution is nowhere good enough to be able to
>regularly identify insects to species.

Whether the use of remote video cameras is currently (or ever) a
cost-effective, efficient solution to some kinds of identification
programs may be arguable, but it is not an issue of video camera
resolution (not with today's off-the-shelf camera technology), but an
issue of what the video camera is "looking at" and "looking through"
that matters.

If the camera is looking _through_ a microscope _at_ a slide of mounted
specimen parts, then it could well be able to "see" adequate detail to
allow determination of the specimen to species (and even to measure the
parts and perhaps discover that the specimen is an unknown species). If
one doesn't need that kind of high powered magnification under a
compound microscope for the particular taxon, you can imagine other
scenarios under a dissecting scope, or other close-up imaging.

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