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Orgonomic Equipment for Doers
There are lots of references to items of equipment needed for orgonomic study and research throughout C O R E's website. I have decided to list them all together on this single page for the benefit of our few visitors interested in taking an active part in orgonomic study and research. In keeping with C O R E's hopeless mission to put orgonomy on the map in the UK, all the references are to equipment and suppliers in the UK. As the optical instrument business is completely international now and almost all moderately priced items are anyway made in China, most of these instruments are probably available in your own country, but sold under different names. A bit of determined ferretting will probably locate them.
As far as I know there is no supplier of orgone accumulators in the UK. If you want this basic item for your orgonomic studies, (which of course, every student of orgonomy should have and use), you will just have to roll your sleeves up and make one. It is not difficult. Please see our web-page Orgone Accumulators for guidance on the construction of accumulators. We can even give you physical help and advice, if you want to build your own accumulator. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org I recently made an orgone shooter for someone. It had been some time since I last built an orgone device and I did a lot of research, both on line and while visiting suppliers. I unearthed a promising contact for the supply of sheet metal for orgone accumulators. www.buymetalonline.co.uk sell all sorts of sheet metals and will cut sheeting to size and deliver. They sell galvanised steel sheeting 0.5mm in thickness in various sizes and will cut sheets to your instructions. (0.5 mm is thin enough for you to be able to cut it with snips, large scissors for cutting metal with.) Their prices seem very reasonable. Even to buy three sheets of approx 8 feet by 4 feet, (metric app 2500mm x 1250mm), which is what you need to make yourself a sit-in accumulator costs only about £70:00. We have not yet bought anything from this firm, so cannot vouch for their service or products, but their website seems very direct and easy to use. (7. 3. 14.)
Added 12. 3. 14. Well, the galvanised steel sheeting has arrived and it's fine. In addition to these suppliers of sheet metals, we have also bought some flexible stainless steel tubing from www.flexiducting.co.uk This firm, too, seems helpful and efficient. They sell many sizes of tubing. The size recommended for a shooter by Thierrie Cooke, of www.orgonics.com is 0.75 inches and this is the nearest metric equivalent, their 20mm internal diameter, which is about 0.8 inches. Please let us know, if you actually take the plunge and build an orgone accumulator. We will be happy to answer any queries you may have about the actual construction. I have posted some photos on the Accumulator Page of the components in various stages of construction.
The first pair of binoculars we ever bought and used for atmospheric observing were a pair of Helios 30 x 80 observation binos, supplied by Optical Vision Limited, who have an informative website, but do not sell direct. You need to locate a supplier via their website, unless you already know of one. We bought ours from Warehouse Express in Norfolk and recommend their service. There are several suppliers of these binoculars advertising in Astronomy Now, which you can buy at W H Smith's.
(Tip - the adverts in astronomy and birdwatching magazines are a good way of making yourself familiar with the market in these items before you buy or even go to look at something. The bird magazines include spotting scopes, which are very suitable for orgone watching, if your space is limited and you have no permanent place for your equipment and have to set it up every time you use it. There are equipment fairs run at various bird-watching and astronomy sites around the UK, where you can see and test optical equipment. There is a big astro-fest early in the year in London, too. See the bird-watching and astronomy magazines for details of these events. Unfortunately there is no such public presence for microscopy and you will have to do more focussed research yourself to find out what is available. Please note that the requirements of astronomy and orgone-watching are different and that many telescopes suitable for astronomy are not suitable for orgone-watching. Most astronomy telescopes are reflectors of one sort or another. These give an inverted image.)
Our preferred equipment for observing the atmospheric orgone is our giant 40 x 100 pair of binoculars, bought from Strathspey binoculars. Big, heavy, and unwieldy to set up, but once up and running, a dream to use. See Orgone Watching page for pictures of the Helios binox, the Opticron spotting 'scope and the Strathspey giant binox.
If you want to use a telescope for orgone watching, you need a refractor. Don't be tempted if someone offers you a Newtonian reflector, for example, if it seems to be a bargain. A Newtonian reflector is a great type of telescope and C O R E owns and uses one such telescope for watching the stars and planets at night. However, they are not suitable for observing the atmosphere and terrestrial observing in daylight and anyway produce an inverted image!
The best buy as a portable refractor that does not need a lot of room is going to be a bird-watcher's 'spotting scope'. We have and often use an 80mm Opticron model fitted with a 20-60x zoom lens. The optics are extremely sharp, the instrument is easy to set up and focus, and light to move about, even when still attached to a tripod. It is the obvious solution, if you do your observing somewhere where you can't leave your 'scope standing and have to set it all up every time you use it. With a spotting scope and lightweight tripod it still only takes a minute to set it up. Opticron's optics are wonderful, but you pay for this (though they are by no means the most expensive brand.) Helios make spotting scopes that are a good bit cheaper and if they are as good as their binoculars they must be quite usable. However we have had no experience of using these items and only presume that's the case.
There are a wider range of small refractors on the astronomy market. To be much use and at all comfortable to use, you will need at least a 4" (100mm) model. Refractors give you much greater magnification and so you are looking at a much smaller area of sky or land. They are not therefore as easy to manage as a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. I mention this option in case someone offers to lend you one. I would not recommend buying one specially for orgone-watching. You will get something much more suitable for the same price, if you buy some high-power binoculars or a spotting scope.
Microscopes, biological and stereo
Just as with telescopes and binoculars, there are excellent instruments that are useless for the purposes of orgonomic microscopy. To do the bion experiments and the Reich blood tests you need a binocular biological microscope. One of these will have three, possibly four objectives (magnifying lenses) and two eyepieces for you to look down. The paired eyepieces look very like an actual pair of binoculars. If you want to get an impression of what to look for, put this description into the search window on ebay and have a look at what comes up. You will quickly learn to recognise the basic features of a biological microscope from that exercise. A trinocular microscope will also do. I would in fact recommend one, as you will almost certainly end up wanting to record what you have observed in your bion experiments. A trinocular instrument allows you to film what you are observing. Before long you are bound to want to make films to show the world what you are up to.
Another sort of microscope that you may come across is a stereoscopic model, often just called a stereo microscope. Again, if someone has one in their attic, hears of your interest, and offers it to you, as it hasn't been used since Uncle Tom died 50 years ago, don't start jumping with excitement, thinking that you will be able to repeat Reich's experiments on it tomorrow. A stereo microscope magnifies only to quite a low level, possibly as low as 20x or to a maximum of about 50x, if it is a zoom model. Now, don't say no and tell her to sell it on ebay. Take it with open arms, as such a microscope is very useful in a biology lab. We have got one at C O R E and use it all the time, but you can't see bions on a stereo scope. A stereo microscope is an excellent instrument for obserrving nature, especially small organisms that you can just see with the naked eye. It will enable you to observe the orgonotic pulsation of the common crustaceans and worms and insect larvae commonly found in standing water. This is very interesting biology and an essential part of your orgonomic education, but it is not the bion experiments. To do a bion experiment, you need a magnification of about 1000x and that you will find on a biological microscope.
The cheapest model available new that we have found is Brunel's SP40. This provides only brightfield and is not available as a trinocular instrument. You can film digitally with a camera that you poke down one of the eyepieces, though the quality of this film is nowhere near as good as an analogue CCTV camera looking down a trinocular camera port. The optics on the SP40 are excellent. See Brunel's website for more information and prices.
The Brunel SP100 is sold as a monocular and trinocular model and you can also buy phase contrast equipment and a darkfield condenser for this instrument. To obtain full Koehler illumination, which ideally you need for serious bion observation, you have to go up to Brunel's SP150. If you don't know what this means, have a look at some of the videos about the topic on YouTube or Brunel's own site. You can get by on the SP100 without Koehler illumination, but having it allows you to obtain much sharper images and to see some things that will otherwise be invisible to you.
We also possess a Zenith phase-contrast microscope (model ZPH2000) and this has good optics and an iris diaphragm in the light source, giving full Koehler illumination. This model or something very like it appears to be available in various guises from many suppliers in different countries. See the photo of Jeremy in front of his new microscope on our Bions Page. The model there looks exactly like our Zenith instrument. It was bought from Amscope.
There are similarly priced and equipped models sold by other on-line suppliers outside the UK. Needless to say, we have not tested any of these models at C O R E. Microscopes are so heavy that it is not really worth buying one if the purchase involves a long delivery journey. (That last statement is not always true. Brunel tell me that it costs no more - £25 - to send a microscope from the UK to Italy than it does to send one to the Channel Islands. Presumably this is their carrier's charge for the UK peripheral zones, which include the Scottish islands and apparently the Channel Islands. I have no idea how prices to the US or South America compare. But then there is such a lively microscope market in the US that there would be no point in sending one from here. The Italian enquiry was relevant, as it seems much harder to buy a microscope there and a Brunel model seemed a good buy. This may also be true if you live in a small East-European country that has no microscope market or manufacturers or importers of its own.
CCTV cameras for microscopes
There is an enormous range of CCTV cameras for sale and all we can do here is tell you about the models (two) that we use at C O RE. C O R E's main camera is a Sony (model Exwave HAD) and we chose that one on the strength of the marvelous videos made by a colleague in Australia using one and posted on YouTube on the bill hicks channel. These seemed so clear that it was obvious that the camera must be very good. This camera records detail that you do not even see with the naked eye when looking down your microscope! This detail only shows up when you play a recording on a high quality HD system, such as was available at the hotel conference centre in Nicosia, where the orgonomy seminar was held in December 2011. I was staggered by the quality of detail that this system showed, when we played the original DVD from which our video was uploaded to YouTube. It is clear that uploading on YouTube loses a great deal of definition. This camera cost about £330 a few years ago.
We also have and use a second camera, made by JVC and distributed by Brunel Microscopes (www.brunelmicroscopes.co.uk ). This does not give as good definition as the Sony model, but it works well and costs much less, about £200 or so. The adaptor system provided by Brunel has a reducing lens so the eventual image that you see on a monitor is somewhat smaller than the image produced using the Sony model. We have used this camera with a smallish portable monitor on one of our microscopes at public water-life days at the local Brockholes Wild-Life Centre and audiences loved being able to look at something 'down a microscope' so easily. There were clusters of people gathered round it ooh-ing and ah-ing at the beauties of water micro-life on and off all day. A TV monitor connected to one of these CCTV cameras means that a roomful of students can look down the microscope at the same time. It is a simple matter to connect a CCTV camera to a monitor to show the object being viewed on screen. There is a lot of information about cameras and filming on Brunel's website.
You can, of course, go a long way with bion research without a camera, but if you feel even the slightest urge to tell the world about orgonomy, then you need to think of a camera and a monitor. With a viable system you can show a bion experiment to a roomful of people all at once very easily and comfortably. We have a portable monitor bought on ebay for £40 and can now give a demonstration of the bion experiments in public anywhere where there is a power supply. We have now even got a portable 240v portable power supply, which means that we could give a demonstration in a tent with no power supply.
We have had limited experience of using a digital video camera that you place in a microscope eye-tube after removing the eyepiece. You can film with one of these, but the live image is not so natural as with an analogue CCTV cameras. There is a small time-lag as the software processes the input, which can be disturbing. But such a system is much cheaper than analogue CCTV. Our camera cost about £70. This was supplied by Brunel, too, and you can read about similar options on their site. There is a great deal of very useful information about filming and photographing down microscopes on their website, which I recommend. (www.brunelmicroscopes.co.uk ).
Once you have bought your microscope you will realise very quickly that you need a really solid work-bench for it. A microscope magnifies the tiniest vibrations that may be caused by your own elbows leaning on the table-top or movement caused by a wobbly floor. Ideally your work-bench should be on a solid floor and should be a purpose built lab-bench (but see above for a cheap home-made option). You can improvise by adding braces to the legs of a solid dining table. An excellently solid small lab-bench can be improvised out of a Workmate, a British item made for sawing and working wood on. This is very solid, though when set up the legs are slightly awkward for someone sitting at a microscope. But it is very steady and does the job, if that is all you can afford. You may of course already have one available, if there is a woodworker in your house. Secondhand Workmate benches are freely available on ebay at very low prices, about £20 or even less in some cases. Look out for them at jumble and car-boot sales, too. (PS May, 2017: I have recently set up a Workmate as a temporary bench for filming purposes and it works very well indeed, producing a really solid platform for good microscope work.)
There are many videos on YouTube that show you how to make a workshop bench. Some of these could be adapted to make a lab bench. Most of them have horizontal members all round between the legs a few inches from the floor and this would interfere with the legs of anyone sitting down at a microscope. There is one design that has no members in this position and which seems very suitable for microscopy, though you will need to alter the working height to suit a sitting rather than a standing work position. The link, if I can get it to work, is http://youtu.be/M_xJD_aylYw If you need any help with basic woodwork to make this bench, I can help you by e-mail, (contact email@example.com).
Slingsby.com make a range of excellent benches in various sizes that can be dismantled and moved about if you have a helper. Setting up such a bench involves doing up about 16 nuts and bolts and takes about half an hour, possibly less. The work-top is very heavy and needs another helper. Once set up, these benches are very solid. We use one every day at C O R E. Doubtless you can buy bespoke lab-benches from professional lab suppliers. C O R E's first lab-bench was actually made by such a firm because there happened to be one nearby, but that was a lucky break. Getting such a bench made is going to be more expensive than buying a ready-made item, though you can have it made to fit your available space exactly, if you can afford it.
Any students of orgonomy who read this information and would like to come and look at the items in question are welcome to visit C O R E by arrangement. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will add further items from time to time.
Posted April 2013, last revised May 18th, 2017.
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