Sunday, August 13, 2017

Flir-one pro IR camera

Photo of a slot supply diffuser with two small water leaks in blue on the lower right - N. Carlson
I have been pleased with the original FLIR ONE IR cell phone camera attachment and decided to upgrade to the FLIR ONE PRO as the resolution was increased by a factor of four and the upper end of the temperature range increased to 400C.  

Notes: The Android phone adapter is a C connection which has a benefit in that the camera can be orientated front or back.  The attachment will require an adapter for older phones like the Samsung J7 or the S5. The type of adapter will depend on the type of phone.  After my first attempt at purchasing an adaptor failed, I contacted FLIR and they identified the specifications for the adaptor.  I needed an Type C OTG Adapter, USB C Female to Micro USB Male OTG (On the Go) Converter Charging Data Sync Adapter . It cost less than $10. 

Issues: The FLIR ONE app will occasionally freeze up or fail to recognize the attached camera.  This problem has become less common the more I use the camera.  The new FLIR ONE app is better than the original with some helpful videos on areas where the camera may be useful.  The variety of color pallets for viewing the image provides a way of selecting the best color temperature contrast. 

Supply air diffuser with spot temperature read out.  - N. Carlson
There will be more posts in the future as I get to know the instrument better.   

Cherry mold

Mold growth on red cherry - N.Carlson
Never pass up an opportunity to identify mold on food.  I purchased a bag of cherries a couple of days ago at a local grocery store.  The rest of the fruit I examined did not show mold growth.

I used a clear 3M red tartan Scotch tape with 85% lactic acid mixed with a small amount of lacto fuchsin stain. The photos were taken with a Samsung J7 camera using an AmScope microscope.

Growth of Alternaria spp. and Cladosporium spp. taken from a tease tape sample of the cherry - 400x - N. Carlson
This would be a fairly easy mold to identify for an introductory mold class.