This is a shot of 9-bromo-10-methylphenanthrene. The crystals were grown overnight (fast) so theyre a bit irregular. The shot itself was taken with a 50mm macro lense with the crystals mounted on a melting point apparatus, side lit with a magnifying glass locked in place over the crystals. The big problem im running into with this type of photography is one of sharpness/focus. Focusing through basically 2 lenses (the macro on the camera and the magnifying glass) from a distance of 2 inches (if that) is so incredibly touchy. Are there any tips on how to improve the setup or the focusing technique? I would really like to take more pictures like this and I dont necessarily want to get into buying a microscope setup with a camera mount (especially since theres no way I could write a microscope into my research grants).