This Month's Comment It's that time again, that long period near the year's end when commercialism makes a giant push for your money beneath the guise ofcelebrating Christian beliefs and good-will towards men (and, of course: women... to be PC about it). Love it or hate it, it's nigh on impossible to escape it as the pressure to buy loved ones gifts bear down on you. So... if you must relent, why not buy an educational present, something to enlighten and give joy through discovery.
Not everyone realises what a fantastic world is opened up in the mind of a curious child or an adult when they start looking carefully at their world through a microscope. So, to help you consider a reasonably inexpensive gift of value, we introduce these starter microscopes...
An excellent introduction to low cost, low power microscopy. Working on the same principle as a stereomicroscope, the DM1 is recommended by the Royal Microscopical Society as ideal for primary and secondary schools. Gives an erect non reversing image at x20. Ideal for whole objects of all kinds, including insects, flower and plant parts, Suitable for photography. Easy to use for all age groups.
Glass lenses. Sturdy metal body. Focus control. Stage clips. Even a young childcan use easily and safely but not a toy: a genuine scientific instrument to buy for a discerning and curious child or adult of any age.
The DM2 is an excellent introduction to genuine stereomicroscopy at an affordable price. The unit has upright eyetubes with x10 widefield eyepieces and a pair of x2 objectives, giving an overall magnification of x20. This may be extended to x30 with x15 eyepieces, and to x40 with x20 eyepieces. Focus is by pillar adjustment for coarse movement with a rack and pinion fine focus system. The eyetubes have distance adjustment and independent focus ability.
Dissection plate and stage clips.
Glass lenses. Sturdy metal body. Twin Focus controls. Stage clips.
The MX1 is a cost effective introduction to quality stereomicroscopy. The stereo head is equipped with x10 super widefield eyepieces and a x2 objective pair providing an overall x20 magnification that can be extended to x10 to x120 with additional eyepieces and objectives. The stand has a chrome column coarse focus and a rack and pinion fine focus system. The stage has a rotatable black/white dissection plate with stage clips. The focus mechanism
has a tension adjustment system that can be set to suit the individual. The interpupillary distance is adjustable between 55 to 75mm and one eyetube has dioptric adjustment. At x20 magnification the effective working distance. Excellent value for money.
Brunel Microscopes & Apex Microscopes are business entities of Brunel Microscopes - a long established family business selling microscopes, accessories, and offering training to both professional and amateur microscopists in the UK.
Used, refurbished microscopes offer great value for money with older instruments using lenses often polished by hand and superior to most microscope lenses used today. This month's budget bargains...
We have a small quantity of these extremely well built Vickers microscopes. All original and therefore also collectors pieces. Large stable illumination base with 6v 15watt lighting. Stage with slide clips and usual substage condenser with iris. Coaxial coarse and fine focus controls. Objectives x5, x10 and x40 with x10 eyepiece. Very good value for a vintage British made microscope.
Aimed at the educational and schools market this is a very robustly built microscope from Holland. There are several minor chips to the body paint work which in no way detracts from its performance. An ideal starter budget instrument - made to last. Objectives x4, x10 and x40 with a turret space for a x100 (can be supplied). Separate coarse and fine focus controls. Fixed Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm. Good sized stage with slide clips. Tungsten illumination.
Total Price: £66.67 / €74.67 (Excluding VAT at 20%)
Here we present all kinds of odd things from around the web. Some related to microscopy, others not. Curated by Mol Smith and aimed at the curious mature mind.
What the electron’s near-perfect roundness means for new physics
Electrons are still almost perfectly round, a new measurement shows. A more squished shape could hint at the presence of never-before-seen subatomic particles, so the result stymies the search for new physics.
The electron gets its shape from the way that positive and negative charges are distributed inside the particle. The best theory for how particles behave, called the standard model of particle physics, holds that the electron should keep its rotund figure almost perfectly.
But some theories suggest that an entourage of hypothetical subatomic particles outside the electron could create a slight separation between the positive and negative charges, giving the electron a pear shape. That charge separation is called an electric dipole moment, or EDM. Searching for an electron EDM can reveal if particles that don’t exist in the standard model are hanging around the electron undetected. More...
A mashup of yeast and E. coli shows how mitochondria might have evolved
Yeast intentionally stuffed with bacteria may teach scientists something about the origins of cells’ powerhouses.
Cellular power-generating organelles, called mitochondria, are thought to have once been bacteria captured by archaea, single-celled microbes that are one of the earliest forms of life. Now, almost all eukaryotic cells (cells with a nucleus) contain mitochondria. At first, the bacteria may have lived inside archaea as endosymbionts, independent organisms that cooperate with their hosts. Over time, mitochondria lost many of
their genes and eventually became an integral part of the cell.
This scenario has support from genetics. But “if you really want to prove something’s true,” says chemical biologist Peter Schultz, researchers should be able to make something similar in the lab. So Schultz, of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and his colleagues created a hybrid cell by fusing two popular lab organisms — the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and a common gut bacteria called E. coli.
A set of three 'Message in a Bottle' Pop Up Christmas Cards!
These beautifully engineered cards open up to show a 3 dimensional scene. There are three cards in the pack, one shows Santa on his sleigh, the second shows deer in the woods, and the last one shows children gathered around a tree in the snow! More...
Birds can sense Earth’s magnetic field, and this uncanny ability may help them fly home from unfamiliar places or navigate migrations that span tens of thousands of kilometers. See how...
MICROSCOPIST'S HOLIDAYS In many western countries, especially in highly built up areas, there is a huge decline in the insect population. Microscopists and lovers of the natural world can no longer readily find the variety of insect life to study. So, how about a microscopist's dream holiday? After visiting a country in Europe, I was staggered to find a Garden Of Eden for such folk. The country? Bulgaria. And it's one of the best places to go to for a holiday with a macro-camera or portable microscope. See why here...
Chalk under a Scanning
This picture was postedin the facebook Amateur Microscopy group. I thought it particularly beautiful due to the symmetry seen. Click on it to see it bigger.
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FLOWERS Nature and flower lovers adore these macro images and flowers. All with a brilliant account of their processes and beauty.
MICROGRAPHY Lots of articles here to get you started photographing or digital 'snapping' what you see down a microscope.
AND COURSES Few training facilities exist to help the enthusiast microscopists so here is an opportunity to get friendly training with a trusted veteran of microscopy. Courses are designed for enthusiasts!
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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.
Crystals are beautiful forms to grow and photograph under the microscope. Be stunned by the profound beauty of Brian Johnston's crystal gallery.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROSCOPY Let our set of primers introduce you to using a microscopy and the fascinating world it reveals. It doesn't matter if you are very young, just young, or an adult. If you are starting out, this is for you.
FACT FILES (provided by Brunel Microscopes)
Informed and professional advice for people new to microscopy: different types of illumination, microdscopes & techniques.
Great to get started.
BRUNEL SECURE ONLINE SHOP Know what you need to buy for Microscopy? No time to flick through online catalogues? Buy direct and quickly from here.
CLUBS The best way to enjoy microscopy is to join a club. Here they are...
DIP Take a virtual pond dip in our virtual pond and see what lives within.
KEEPING Bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers (Norfolk Honey)
IMAGES by Dennis Kunkel Fantastic images taken with a scanning Electron Microscope from our friend and contributor to our 3D microscope in Hawaii - Dennis Kunkel.
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