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       Links and References

General information



This is the home of a website and free to download monthly magazine ‘produced by enthusiasts for enthusiasts’. There is a wealth of well organised information here and a particularly good beginner’s guide section.



Here there is also a website and free online magazine; in fact there is a staggering amount of information. This site might be a bit overwhelming for a complete beginner, but an essential bookmark once you’re hooked.




Title : The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope

Authors : Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone

Publisher : PAW Prints.

ISBN : 978-1-4352-5580-7


Although aimed at children, this is a great book for the novice. The title is a bit misleading and a better description would be ‘the ultimate guide of what to look at under your microscope’. The style is quite ‘hand-holding’ but in no way condescending and by the end you’ll have a lot more confidence in using your microscope.



Title : Adventures With a Microscope

Author : Richard Headstrom

Publisher : Dover Publications Inc., New York

ISBN : 978-0-486-23471-7


A book with lots of text and simple line drawings in quite an old fashioned style, which is not surprising since the original material was first published in 1941. However, don’t let this put you off, there are some great ideas for what to look at and how to do it, together with some interesting background information. The simple line drawings actually work quite well, as they help you identify what you are looking at, but without spoiling the surprise.



Title : Practical Microscopy

Author : J. Eric Marson

Publisher : Northern Biological Supplies


This is really a compilation of technical booklets that describe almost entirely in text how to prepare most types of slide you might want to look at.  While some sections do deal with simple slide preparations, many deal with more complicated procedures and require chemicals. If you plan to make permanent slides you’ll definitely want this one on your bookshelf.





Unfortunately you are unlikely to find anything other than toy microscopes on the high street. These are often of very poor quality, not particularly good value for money and best avoided. You are better off reading a beginner’s guide, such as the one at www.microbehunter.com and then looking at one of the online shops below. If you still have doubts, e-mail the company and ask advice, good suppliers will always be happy to help.






These are effectively all the same company. Brunel Microscopes is a well-known specialist supplier of microscopes to education and industry. Apex microscopes is subsidiary that sells a selected range of high quality budget microscopes and starter packs, aimed more at the amateur market. As well as the main website, they have an Amazon online shop that offers a good discount and very useful customer feedback.  





These two are more general suppliers of scientific equipment, including microscopes. Judging by feedback on forums, both have good reputations for fast efficient service.


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