The Caplan Topaz crystal

How to use the mindat.org media viewer

Click/touch this help panel to close it.

Welcome to the mindat.org media viewer. Here is a quick guide to some of the options available to you. Different controls are available depending on the type of media being shown (photo, video, animation, 3d image)

Controls - all media types

Zoom in and out of media using your mousewheel or with a two-finger 'resize' action on a touch device.

Use the mouse or your finger to drag the image or the view area of the image around the screen.

< and > at the left and right hand side of the screen move forwards and backwards for the other images associated with the media you selected. Usually this is for further photos of the same specimen. Keyboard shortcuts: use the left and right arrow keys.

> in the bottom center, raises the information box giving details and further options for the media, < at the top of this box then hides it. Keyboard shortcuts: use the up and down arrow keys.

? opens this help window. Keyboard shortcuts: use the H key or the ? key.

Other keyboard shortcuts:

1Fit image to screen
2Fill screen with image
5Display at full resolution
<Make background darker
>Make background lighter
spaceHide/dim titles and buttons

Controls - Video

Video files have a standard set of video controls: - Reset to start, - Skip back, - Play, - Pause, - Skip forwards. Keyboard shortcuts: You can stop/start video play with the P key.

Controls - Animation (Spin Rotation)

Animation (usually 360 degree spin rotations) have their own controls: - enable spin mode. Note that while images are loading this option will not be available but will be automatically activated when the animation has loaded. Once active you can spin the image/change the animation by moving your mouse or finger on the image left/right or by pressing the [ or ] keys.

The button switches to move mode so that you can use your mouse/fingers to move the image around the screen as with other media types.

The button, or the P key will start playing the animation directly, you can interrupt this by using the mouse or finger on the image to regain manual movement control.

Controls - 3D Stereoscopic images

Stereoscopic 3D image viewing requires a suitable 3D television or monitor correctly configured for your computer. Passive 3D systems such as LG 3DTVs are the easiest to configure for this.

To enable/disable 3D stereo display of a compatible stereo pair image press the 3 key. If the left/right images are reversed on your display (this often happens in full-screen mode) press the 4 key to reverse them.

Summary of all keyboard shortcuts

1Fit image to screen
2Fill screen with image
3Switch to 3D display of stereo pair
4Switch left/right images in 3D mode
5Display at full resolution
<, >Make background darker/lighter
H or ?Show/hide this help page
PPlay/Pause Video or Animation
[, ]Backwards/forwards one frame (Animation only)
up arrowShow information box
down arrowHide information box
left arrowPrevious image/media page
right arrowNext image/media page
spaceHide/dim titles and buttons

Copyright © 2014 Jake Harper

The Caplan Topaz crystal

Copyright © 2014 Jake Harper  - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

My favorite specimen in the hall is the Caplan Topaz. Keeping watch over the Hall at the top of the stairs like a glowing sentinel, this remarkable crystal has a rich and interesting history dating from the 1930's.
There is an fascinating interview with Allen Caplan in an old MR issue that records his discovery and eventual deposition of these remarkable topaz crystals with museums. Upon arrival at the AMNH, this giant, 596 pound topaz crystal received a particularly humorous reception as it was first unpacked upside down as Allen Caplan describes here:
"Finally they arrived and I had the crates opened at the customs office. I was shocked to find that the big crystal had no termination; it was just a big, 596 pound cleavage! And I thought, well, I really got clipped here. Permission was given to move the crates to the basement at the American Museum, and I was a lot happier when I opened them this time, right side up. There I saw the termination and realized that the crate had been opened upside down at customs. So I felt pretty good."

To read the rest of this highly entertaining and educational review with Allen Caplan see:
The Mineralogical record, Vol. 11, No. 6, November - December 1980.

This photo has been shown 319 times
Photo added:19th Dec 2014
Dimensions:900x675px (0.61 megapixels)
Date/Time of Photo:23rd Aug 2014 14:45:36
Exposure time:1/8s
Focal Length:4mm
ISO speed:400
View Jake Harper's Photos
Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Public Relations by Blytheweigh.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2019, except where stated. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: March 19, 2019 08:19:02