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Budget Microscopes

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...

Brunel Desk Top 5M Microscope

The ideal microscopes for the office, workshop or home use. The unit can be handheld or supported by one of three possible stands that are available as accessories. The Desk Top Microscope is a digital system that provides an image directly to a laptop or PC for viewing.The series microscopes have a magnification range of x10 to x200 and have in built LED illumination with brightness control.

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Antique Brass Microscope

This is a fine antique monocular brass microscope in its original case dating from approximately 1890. It has no makers name but there are features that attest to its quality. The cabinet itself is well made and which is very unusual  for a microscope of this age it has its key. The brass is in good condition for its age. Large swivel mirror. Coarse focus controls with a separate fine focus  system. The microscope has two objectives each with its own brass objective pot and ine eyepiece.

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Cath Hodsman, British Wildlife and Natural History Artist

Celebrating British Wi and Natural History through Cath's beautiful art.

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This Month: Micscape Magazine



Who has not enjoyed at breakfast or at dinner or at any meal time a delicious piece of bread? It is necessary to say that for the manufacturing of bread that in most of the cases yeast is used. I say in most of the cases because there are special kinds of dough that do not need it, for example puff pastry. The function of yeast is to ferment flour...

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The Evolution of My Zeiss Photomicroscope I

Fritz Schulze, Canada

No sooner than photography "developed" did microscopists endeavour to capture their images in a permanent form. Bulky camera set-ups were attached to microscopes and special microscopes were constructed that incorporated a camera, new, bright light sources were invented, even "flash" systems appeared to freeze moving objects on the photographic medium. This situation persisted until the mid 1950s. By that time 35mm...

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Converting a Projectina Microscope to LED Lighting

Graham Matthews

The Projectina microscope is a venerable 1960s beast of a projection microscope. It came in a number of configurations and the instrument I possess is, I think, one of the earlier models. The light sources used on these instruments were 100W halogen filament lamps and they became extremely hot in use. So much so, that I understand it was not uncommon for the lamp lenses to crack. The heat also necessitated...

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Olympus BHM Microscope LED Illumination

Andrew Menadue, UK

I'm involved with electronics, both at work and at home and now and again I blow up an integrated circuit or have some dismantled equipment with unidentifiable components in it. Both of these situations can be investigated using a microscope capable of  magnification high enough to view the very small circuitry on an IC.
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Who was Horatio Saltonstall Greenough?  Part 1

Berndt-Joachim Lau (Germany) & R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)

Horatio Saltonstall Greenough (1845-1916), HSG, is probably best known for his invention of the Greenough stereomicroscope. With the introduction of the Greenough-style stereomicroscope, stereomicroscopy took a major step forward.

The majority of Greenough stereomicroscopes use dual Porro prisms (named after their inventor Ignazio Porro), originally designed by Zeiss.
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By T. Rand Collins, USA

A haunted old tunnel, a tiny alpine marsh, and tiny creatures that traveled thousands of miles and shouldn't be there. What more could a wandering microscopist need?
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The appeal of stamp sheets - the richness of design features using polarisation microscopy as an example.

by David Walker, UK

I wouldn't describe myself as a philatelist but as a microscopy enthusiast I do enjoy collecting philately items on selected themes related to microscopy.
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The Prior School Microscope

Graham Matthews

Finding a basic microscope that is cheap and will not discourage the beginner, be they youngsters or rather more advanced in years, is not an easy task. Amongst microscopists the “toy” microscope is notorious for promising much but delivering little.
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Identification of Plankton from the web site of The Microbiological Association, Hamburg. A GREAT PAGE TO GET STARTED on studying these living forms.


Learning & Accolades

Grow your interest and knowledge in all aspects of enthusiast microscopy.

Rochester Institute Students


The Eupholus genus and their colors
Kristen Hanley

Interesting Facts and Anatomy of Ghost Shrimp

Rhonda Jean Kay

Behind the Machine by Krit Upra


Falling Colors


Our Yearbook can provide a permanent record of many interesting explorations into the small scale world. Material taken from our library and online magazine - Micscape - has been collected together and reformatted, providing a full colour book to delight everyone interested in enthusiast microscopy.
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Norfolk Honey

Many bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees and to determine what pollen is being collected to make the honey. This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers. Full of useful tutorials and tons of videos showing you how best to manage bees. Visit here...


Brunel Microscopy training courses are fit for professionals and enthusiasts alike, and are almost unique in offering microscopy expertise in the form of bespoke training courses. Training, especially for the hobbist is almost non-existent so Brunel Training is a good place to start if you would like to really learn microscopy quickly and thoroughly.

Microscopy is a science with many options.  They offer tuition in their own centre for private individuals, groups (maximum size 12) or industrial applications in their own premises - the choice is yours.


Some of our favourite facebook Amateur Microscopy Group postings from the last few weeks.
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Marine Euplotes protozoa scooting around the slide. Composite images of the same organism. Rapidly moving cirri (which are a bunch of cilia fused together). stopped with flash. 40x S-Plan Apo DIC. Thanks to David Seamer for providing insight into the correct nomenclature for the motile structures. by Linden Gledhill.

 Rotifer, normal illumination and Dark Field.

Single rotifer, video with standard brightfield and one with standard dark field. Any preferences, people?

Bryan Shumaker (Facebook Amateur Microscopy Group)


Wim van Egmond

Wim has been a giant in the microscopic world of study and exploration. One of the first contributors to Micscape and microscopy-uk, he has continued to surge forward throughout many years, achieving accolades and awards for his detailed and informative work. Learn more about him by visiting his page here...





Like other hobbies and interests, clubs and friendly organisations exist where you can become a member of a Microscopy Group and share information with others. Join one of these...

Microbiological Association Of Munich is a society established over a hundred years ago.

The BERLINER MIKROSKOPISCHE GESELLSCHAFT eV is an association of professionals and amateurs from the most diverse professions. They maintain a common hobby - microscopy with regular meetings every two weeks at the Freie Universität Berlin.

The Microbiological Association, Hamburg, also has a very helpful web site and is dvery worth a visit. Many pages are in English.

The Royal Antwerp MicroGraph Society (KAGM) is an association which welcomes new members and is based in Antwerp with regular meetings at The University of Antwerp, Campus Three Oak. Building O, Bioruimte (3rd floor), Fort 6 street, 2610 Wilrijk

United States Of America
The New York Microscopical Society. In over sixty years of the society’s existence they have accumulated a trove of prized possessions. The walls of their meeting building is lined with shelves of books on microscopy and about 30 antique brass microscopes are on permanent display. There is a large collection of microscope slides, specimens and up-to-date microscopes with which to examine them.

Microscopical Society of Southern California, Founded in 1938, the club is devoted to the study and practice of the science and art of microscopy and to the collection and study of related scientific devices.

San Fransico Microscopical Society. The society was developed as a non-profit educational institution devoted to the teaching of microscopy and as a meeting place where members could share their experiences and techniques.

United Kingdom
Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society established over one hundred and forty years ago and currently with a membership of over one hundred people. Welcomes new members.

Kernow Microscopical Society holds monthly meetings on Saturday afternoons to explore all aspects of microscopy at Chacewater, in the village hall, Killifreth room. TR4 8PZ.

Northamptonshire Natural History Society hold meetings and events at  at The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD

The Postal Microscopical Society was established in 1873, with its primary aim the circulation of boxes of microscope slides and notes to the members. This is still the aim today when, after fluctuating fortunes over the years, a membership of around 240 contributes to a lively and friendly society. In 1998 the PMS celebrated 125 years of existence.

The Quekett Microscopical Club - Formed in 1865 by John Thomas Quekett, one of the most prestigious of the enthusiast microscopy clubs in the world.

Leeds Microscopical Society meet twice a month on Thursday evenings.

The British Phycological Society, based in Northern England, is a charity devoted to the study of algae founded in 1952, was one of the first to be established in the world, and is the largest in Europe.

Online Facebook Group Amateur Microscopy Group sharing pictures and videos and is a lively group.



Clever Stuff

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Thermal Engine

The heart of this unusual thermal engine is a thin ring of Nitinol wire (0.3mm). Some warm water is enough to make the Nitinol Engine run. Nitinol is an alloy of nickel and titanium which has exceptional properties: at low temperatures it is soft and bendy, but as soon as it is heated above a certain transition temperature, it instantly becomes hard and flexible like spring steel.

And the good news is...
You can own one for just: £27.99
from our favourite science toy site: Grand Illusions -
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New and bizarre discovered species has 414 legs, 4 penises and no eye

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 Blowflies use drool to keep their cool

In hot times, sturdy, big-eyed Chrysomya megacephala flies repeatedly release — and then retract — a droplet of saliva, Denis Andrade reported January 4 at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. This process isn’t sweating. Blowfly droplets put the cooling power of evaporation to use in a different way, said Andrade, who studies ecology and evolution at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Rio Claro, Brazil.


A new gel could help in the fight against deadly, drug-resistant superbugs

A new antibacterial ointment could help take down drug-resistant bacteria.In human skin samples and mice, the medicine completely cleared wounds of MRSA, the strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to methicillin and other antibiotics, and antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Both microbes are known to cause serious infections in hospital patients. Researchers in the Netherlands created the gel’s key ingredient, a chain of amino acids called SAAP-148, by improving on a bacteria-fighting peptide found in humans.



Microscopists lov optics and appreciate optical effects and clever devices which play with light.  So, we thought you might enjoy this inexpensive wonder which would make a lovely surprise gift for someone you know, or of course, your good self!

Want one? Only £10.00 .

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from Grand Illusions


Only half a dozen beaches in the world have star sand. New to you? Star sand is comprised of timy almost microscpoic creatures. Here is a fun intro to sand and an indight to star sand...
That was from Grand Illusions but if you would like to explore sand in more detail, click on the image below!


A group on Facebook  for ID, discussion and photos of slime molds. These interesting organisms often mistaken for fungi are understudied, weird and beautiful!l

Click on image to visit the group here...

Choosing And Buying a Microscope
We think this video from Microbehunter is pretty good!


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