We are still working out issues on the new discussion board and Jeff Bishop has asked me to post this for him while we are working on why he can’t log in.
Interesting name “Inlogix.” Forgive me for not recognizing the picture.
Second question first: We used regular transparent packing tape. We gently agitated an unaffected portion of the carpet (near the wall) first using a spatula. Actually, blue fiber fragments could be seen on the spatula. We then applied the packing tape and pressed uniformly over the tape. Virtually nothing but blue fiber fragments transferred.
The USB microscope has been tremendously useful over the several years we’ve been using it. I suspect that there are several types available; however, ours is a Zoom Digital Microscope (www.MaxiAids.com item 606640) for around $80.