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31/03/2020 - Comment: during this period of isolation, we will do our best to engage you and try to bolster your enthusiasm for amateur microscopy. It is a difficult time for everyone. Anxiety has entered everyone's lives. One way to help with that is to get your keen mind involved with something which embraces it fully, other than the worries of the world and our lives. We will be updating the site now throughout this period several times during the month instead of just on the 13th.

Take a look at our newly published book: over 25 practical projects for amateur microscopists of all ages and on-line video support for every book owner.

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Find out more about all other used microscopes and accessories on sale, where microscopes are fully re-conditioned to provide affordable quality instruments, with many older instruments having superior optics and build than those sold today.

Remember, older instruments have superior engineering and are still usable, offering better imaging resolution than more expensive modern instruments.


Used only by ourselves for customer demonstrations, this is our popular BM1 stereo with an upright stereohead. Objectives x1 and x2 and x3.5 giving magnification options of  x10, x20 and x35. Condition as new. 

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We've been looking at the various books available for hobby microscopists, especially those which focus on projects like: making slides, sectioning, staining, and growing one's skill.

I was appalled to see many of the books being sold on Amazon are old, out-of-date and suggest using chemicals and substances no longer available to the non-professional. I decided to put that right, once and for all. A new book I authored is now available to buy whereby the reader can follow a step-by-step pictorial guide along with written advice from me on how to carry out over 25 projects. The reader will also be enabled further with access to a password protected area of this site to watch videos, and obtain further help with the projects.

This is a book to outshine them all and help other people with curious, intelligent minds either to get started, if they are new, or to advance quickly if they are already hobby microscopists. It is a bit dearer than I had hoped but blame Amazon who now take a huge chunk of money for selling the book. It will be available cheaper from Brunel Microscopes in the UK.

by Mol Smith. UK

SANITY IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL IGNORANCE, MEDIA HYPE, AND SOCIAL PANIC, The world is in a state of alarm and panic. Stocks and shares are falling, meetings are being banned, cities are going into lock-down. Welcome to a world where viruses and bacterial infections have always run amok but now we live in a time of heightened panic, sensationalism of news, and greater ignorance, this start of the year 2020, where an outbreak of a new virus globally has become equal to the threat of Global Warming, Nuclear War, or a Meteor Strike. What has caused this issue? How dangerous is the threat? Will you die? {more...}

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by Christian Autotte, Canada

Amateur paleontologists are used to do a lot of work with binoculars. We use binoculars to examine our finds or to clean them out of their matrix. But when it’s time to take pictures, binoculars are not the ideal microscopes on which to mount a camera. Photographers prefer working with trinocular microscopes. A potential problem is the needed magnification. {more...}

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My favourite diatom slide
by David Walker, UK

The slide? Klaus Kemp's 'Scottish Antarctic Survey. Recent Marine. 47 Form' arrangement. How a single slide can prompt a wealth of background reading. I enjoy studying live diatoms from local freshwater habitats—spring fed water troughs in the South Pennine upland district where I live are a good source of samples. I have never ventured into cleaning and preparing my own slides of diatom frustules for various reasons. Without a dedicated wet area for the work and with a work background in chemistry at the lab. bench, perhaps I was reluctant to do more chemistry in my leisure time! {more...}

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by Hans Rothauscher

An interesting genus. Type species is Lesquereusia spiralis. Whereby the species name ‘spiralis’ is misleading. The shell is retort- rather than spiral shaped. L. spiralis is distinguished from other species of the genus as its test is covered with self secreted worm-like siliceous rods, so called idiosomes. The literature gives the size of L. spiralis between 89 and 120 µm. I found one 160 µm high specimen... {more...}

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by Michael R. Gibson,
Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Acetate peels from clear nail varnish Description: The surface features of dry specimens, such as the epidermis of a leaf, can be examined easily by making impressions using, clear, quick-drying nail varnish. {more...}

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Book Review: ‘A History of Photography with the Light Microscope’ by Brian Bracegirdle. Quekett Microscopical Club, 2010.
by Peter Guidotti

25 x 25 cm, hardback, 221 pages, about 350 illustrations (some in color) and 536 references. This book can be obtained from the Quekett Microscopical Club just for the price of postage. Apparently they are running into problems of storage space and need to reduce their inventory. Brian Bracegirdle probably needs no introduction to the readers of this magazine. {more...}

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An Album of Amoebae.
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA

In a basic biology course with a lab, almost every student gets to look at an amoeba under a microscope. If it’s a prepared slide with preserved specimens, then it is almost certainly highly unexciting or, to put it another way, dead boring. To see a living specimen can, however, be quite a different matter, especially if it is active. Observing the protoplasmic flow, the constant shape-shifting, and the engulfing of prey can be a quite fascinating experience. However, then it’s on to the next organism, quite possibly a Paramecium, for after all, what is an amoeba but a drop of jelly that flows around a bit. {more...}

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Who was Horatio Saltonstall Greenough? Part 3
by Berndt-Joachim Lau (Germany) & R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)

11. His Adaptation of Chabry’s Pipet Holder The years beginning in 1892 were HSG’s most creative period. He dealt with many issues at the same time and wrote on several in each letter. We will arrange these issues separately in the next paragraphs in order to present them more clearly. HSG directed his letters to Prof. Ernst Abbe up to November 1892. However, it was Dr. Siegfried Czapski who replied to him all the time. HSG addressed his letters to “ Carl Zeiss Gentlemen” or “Herrn Carl Zeiss, Optische Werkstätte Jena” or “Carl Zeiss Esq.” {more...}

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Lots of articles here to get you started photographing or digital 'snapping' what you see down a microscope.

Introduction to the microscopic organisms like bacteria, and others you can find in a freshwater pond. Comprehensive guide! Great for anyone starting out at looking at pond life.


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The best way to enjoy microscopy is to join a club. Here they are...

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Bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers (Norfolk Honey)
by Dennis Kunkel

Fantastic images taken with a scanning Electron Microscope by Hawaii - Dennis Kunkel.
A 3D microscope where you can load specimen slides online.


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