What Do You Look At With Your Microscope?
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:26 PM
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:23 AM
I'm with you, and looking forward to answers to this as well. I just picked up a new compound microscope and hope to "do some science" with my 4 year old son (his words). I used to enjoy culturing protozoa as a young lad, and will definitely give that a go, along with the requisite onion skin and the like. Beyond that, not sure. I am a chemist by training, so I am looking forward to experimenting with different stains.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:02 PM
Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:50 PM
Just to add, there seems to be a real dearth of microscopy resources online, certainly when comapred to astronomy. There is a pretty active Yahoo group, but not much else that I can find beyond that.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:48 PM
Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:28 PM
So did I. I think that is going overboard. Use common sense, clean all glassware
I was very surprised that it does not recommend making a hay infusion, as it is listed as a Biohazard Category 2! I made lots of hay infusions as a kid.
with bleach or alcohol when you are done. I've also cultured bacteria on nutrient
agar in Petri dishes; I'm still alive.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:46 AM
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:34 PM
Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:12 PM
I was looking at the Omax scopes as well. I probably should have gone with one, as I got dinged for >$100 in duties on the Amscope. The Omax scopes ship from within Canada.
That said, I have been VERY impressed with the customer service at Amscope. They of their own initiative recommended that I consider a different shipping method that the one I selected to avoid excessive brokerage fees. When my scope arrived I noted that the 4X objective had a tiny clamshell fracture at the edge of one lens, and that the 16x eyepieces were slightly out of round and did not fit in the eyetubes. I was in the process of boxing them up to return them and asked Amscope for a return authorization number. Instead, they shipped replacements no questions asked. They have responded in detail within 24 hours to all of my e-mails. Absolutely awesome customer service.
Pics to come soon....
Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:18 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:30 AM
Not really doing any hard science with my scope, but hopefully inspiring some interest in my kids. Pretty amazing views to be seen through a relatively inexpensive scope (here)
Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:17 PM
Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:21 AM
I have an Amscope stereo microscope and I'm with you. Dead bugs are awesome. Live ones are even better but it's hard to get them to stop moving so you can observe them.
I've got an Amscope stereo scope (7 to 180x) and I'm having a blast with it. Most of my fun is at low power and top lit, but dead bugs are WILD at low power. Seeing a spiders eyes and an ant's mouth up close is really cool. Look at paper money, coins, and the lit screen of your cell phone. Hardly scientific research, but great fun!
Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:28 PM
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:05 PM
I loved looking at paramecium, rotifers, vulpecula...always hoping to find Hydra and Amoeba (somehow always MIA in my hunts).
But I have to admit, the reason I stopped using the microscope is when I'd be looking at all these fascinating small critters some huge larvae type monstrosity would suddenly cross the field and scare the X?!?C? out of me just like the scenes in the original Alien movie...LOL
Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:43 PM
Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:56 AM