Hello! I got really interested in bryophytes, especially liverworts, and I am now looking for a good hand lens for observing them outside. I am probably going to buy a Levenhuk (brand) lens, but since there are so many options, it’s hard to choose one. Also, in one of his books R.M.Schuster recommends a doublet or triplet hand lens with 10-15x magnification and a field of more than 10mm wide for field work… So it made me wonder, would a lens with magnification greater than 15x (I found ones that are 30x and 40x) work better for that purpose, or should I stick with a 10x lens? Maybe the 30-40x magnification is too much? I am very inexperienced, so I would be very grateful if someone answered.
Hi, Lichen Candelaris x14 hand lens are the best for bryophytes. That’s also the most expensive hand lens tho.
My family (my dad and sister wrote this field guide to mosses) generally uses the Iwamoto Achromatic 20x. Most lenses with greater than 10x magnification are frustrating because they have a tiny diameter, but this one is able to be broad, magnified, and not have lots of artifacts. They’re also rather expensive (usually $100+), but it’s worth it.
Hooray for liverworts! You might enjoy the video I made about them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnYfFtzmm8&t=94s
To see bryophytes at some magnification I use the Moment macro lens on my iPhone. However, my husband got me a hand lens that has its own blue led light so I’m looking forward to using it on lichens and other things that might glow.
Wow, tell them I said. “Thanks.” I used iNat and their field guide to help me ID the mosses in this video. I mention their book at 5:17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mmjNybWacc
Thank you for suggestions everyone!
@botanicaltreasures watched your video about liverworts, love the music choice and the photos you took!
A more old-fashioned name for liverworts I like is ‘Hepaticae’. So, a scientist studying liverworts is called a hepaticologist, and the science itself hepaticology. It sounds a bit similar to hepatology, which is the branch of medicine studying the liver (organ) and its diseases.
Thanks so much! Yes, they do sound very similar. That would be a neat thing to be able to say. “I’m a hepaticologist.”
Citation A more old-fashioned name for liverworts I like is ‘Hepaticae’
That’s how we actualy name it in French ^_^
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