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 atwww.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.