The upside down facility prevents some damage by not requiring the plant specimens to be turned over. Some of the specimens are quite old (1770) and pieces can fall off when inverted. The specimens are placed on a foam support and raised up to touch the scanner platen with a lever system. If the specimens are too thick we have to use the graphic camera.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Qld 4066, Australia
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You upside-down use of the scanner brings to mind a question. How much depth can the scanner capture if you are trying to protect specimens from damage.
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From: Will Smith [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
We have an Epson Expression 10000XL A3 scanner mounted upside down so the specimens don't get damaged. It produces excellent scans. We don't use Macs unless we're forced to but I'm sure it would work with one. I prefer to use this instead of our expensive graphic camera. It's a lot easier and more foolproof.
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