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Microscope recommendations for Instrumental Insemination
« on: November 28, 2012, 09:11:27 PM »
Would like some input from some of you that are doing II work with your stock. I assume that I need a stereo dissecting microscope but don't know what power rating to get. Any idea's on brand names or features needed? I'm thinking about building my own instrument but going to purchase a Harbo syringe.
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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2012, 10:05:46 AM »
After research, this is what i think i will buy.   http://store.amscope.com/sm-1b.html
The price seems fair and it has most of the features I'm after.

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 10:24:28 PM »
I can't personally recommend one but I can guess at the sort of resolution you need. You need to be able to see something smaller thatn a tad, smaller than a smidgen, something about the size of a bee's ...... :-D

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 01:58:36 AM »
Would like some input from some of you that are doing II work with your stock. I assume that I need a stereo dissecting microscope but don't know what power rating to get. Any idea's on brand names or features needed? I'm thinking about building my own instrument but going to purchase a Harbo syringe.
Why not contact Latshaw Apiaries
Dr. Joseph Latshaw at 614.855.9065 or j.latshaw@aol.com for questions, availability, or to place an order.

http://latshawapiaries.com/index.php?page=latshaw-instrument




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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 09:28:36 AM »
Jim, Joe suggested this model that he uses in his II classes.

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 03:46:01 PM »
So, did you buy this scope? If so, please report back on what you think.

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2012, 08:10:49 PM »
It's on my xmas list, we'll have to see what he brings me.

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2012, 02:45:17 PM »
How did Santa treat you?
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Re: Microscope recommendation for Artificial Insemination
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2013, 09:24:34 AM »
I would also like to know about this or any other scope for II.
I have contacted Joe but his instrument is not my choice. Joe states on his web site that the insemination of a queen can be done with 20% less time. I am interested in how it compares when inseminating 20 to 100 queens at one time.

Susan Cobey has a complete package.
Schley Compact Model III Instrument, a Complete Self Sufficient
package with Microscope, L.E.D. light and CO2 system. Includes;
micromanipulators, pressure grip forceps, ventral hook, queen holder
and backup tube, syringe with accessories, spare parts, and glass
tips.
Price on the list I have. $3,985.00

The bad news is she does not list the microscope as a separate item. it is only included in this complete package. Training to use it all will cost $850.00. Plus travel expenses.

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Re: Microscope recommendation for Instrumental Insemination
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013, 10:58:18 AM »
1. Latshaw inst.  $1135.00
2. Microscope     $350.00
3. Fiber optic light $350/00
4. Co2 regulator-tank $150.00
I think his method is faster because you spend less time grabbing the sting with the forceps.
The others, you have to thread the sting into the holder, adjust it, and then release it.
You have to have good dexterity to use all the II instruments.

I don't know of anyone that sits down to do twenty at a time. I think you will find doing 10 a big enough chore. Remember you have to collect enough semen to do 10 queens too.
I forgot, you have to ad the price of an autoclave to the list. I'm told a pressure cooker works OK.
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Re: Microscope recommendations for Instrumental Insemination
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2013, 02:38:07 PM »
Daniel Y, I found a Schley catalog on line, the model 1.03 uses a Motic smz 140 scope in the pkg.

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Re: Microscope recommendations for Instrumental Insemination
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 03:18:15 AM »
Tefer, this is Michigan.  We Invented the dang assembly line.  How about building a mini assembly line for insemination?

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Re: Microscope recommendations for Instrumental Insemination
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2014, 07:12:19 PM »
has anyone tried to do artificial insemination? how much time do you need to inseminate a queen for the whole project?