Larry Legg's Learner Projects
Project 1- Preparation for this course.

Watch out for these symbols in my projects!
A good idea
Use household stuff
The right way!
You can skip this if yer don't want details! 
A secret unlocked!

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Hi yer! After so many people writing in about me slide-making page - and seeing how sophisticated and hi-brow ol' (old) Micscape is getting these days - I thought it woz (was) time to put some real Larry street-wise microscopy back into these pages! It's great to see the ol' mag doing good stuff for accomplished microscopists but as I said to old Mol - what we need here is to help people get some real hands-on help. Maybe I opened me big mouth too much - cos (because) he said: "Larry, you're dead right... go for it...", which is Mol's way of saying : 'You do it!'  

So 'ere (here) I am, and boy am I'm gonna (going) to show yer some real stuff in me range of projects over the coming months. This is just some of the stuff we're gonna cover: staining, specimen preparation, sectioning, wax-embedding, culturing... hold on... hold on... I just thought - you may not even know what these terms mean?!  

Right. Let's start again. Each project will explain how to do a complete thing on microscopy. We'll start with some real basic stuff - but don't skip it! We're gonna have a monthly experience together. I'll show you how my stuff turns out, and together we'll improve all our skills and swap off any tips we find with each other and anyone else having a go at these projects.  

Everything you need to do one of these projects will be available at a reasonable price through the Mic-UK on-line shop. Old Mol has promised me he would keep prices down on all items used for these projects and has even offered some prizes for best efforts of my readers and visitors. We will be using our own bible - a set of publications by Eric Marson which combines into a book called Practical Microscopy. An important thing here though is that you need to get the loose set of publications and not the book.   

Well - with the loose set, you can put them papers into a little binder (the papers come already punched)  and when we do a project, take out just the one you need. A page or two lays flat on the bench and stays open - a book doesn't. Also, if something gets spilt, you only spoil the one paper and not a whole book. See - I said this was hands on stuff, didn't I!   

A Microscope  
Maybe you already have a scope? Great if you do! If not - then I recommend you get the one below. I have reviewed it here so you get to know what I'll be using for our projects. It's inexpensive and an entry-level microscope - which means it is the type you would buy if this is yer (your)  first go at Microscopy. Now I got to let yer in on a well kept secret:-  

Almost everything yer ever likely to see or will ever want to see - can be seen with a basic microscope like this one! Yer don't need a thousand dollar scope - just a robust simple microscope - a wee bit of know-how (that's where I come in) and a keen eye (that's where you come in). This one is the Brunel SP03. It costs 101.00 UK pounds to people living in the UK including delivery and postage charges. Outside the UK - prices vary depending on if you live in an EEC country or not. Non-EEC visitors can purchase it for 120.00 pounds including shipping by air. EEC visitor should order at UK price and wait for quote on shipping costs.  You can buy one this month and get it in time to start our first practical project in next month's Micscape. It doesn't have a built in light so you can use it in any country on the planet.  I 'll show you in a moment how to use any light with it that can be purchased locally in most DIY or hardware shops.  

So lets take a look at this basic scope and get to know it a bit. 

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