Been reading a lot of stuff on how trichrome maturity (versus percent of red hairs) is the real way to see when your crop is ready. As I understand it, the trichromes form into clear little golf tee shaped organisms that slowly cloud over (they're ripe then), and then go amber (waited too long).
Went to radio Shack and bought a 60x - 100x lighted pocket microscope (Model 63-1133) for, get this, $10.00. Got the first real look at my developing plant matter and WOW, that is amazing. Well worth the $10.00 investment.
Oops .. forgot to check the trichrome color, was so busy lost in the microscopic winter wonderland.
This is Captain Happy signing off