Investigations & Applications
Through the Microscope: Blood CellsAn internet gallery of health science images from light and electron microscopes.
Virtual Atlas of Opaque and Ore Minerals in Their AssociationsRobert A. Ixer and Paul R. Duller, Department of Geological Sciences, Birmingham University and Kerr McGee Oil (UK) plc. Online atlas with 400 photomicrographs of ore minerals in reflected light. Well organized with cross referencing of samples by association, location, mineralogy, ore deposit type, minerals, texture, and properties. A great reference and teaching tool.
Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals and Textures
A Microscopical Study of Exotic Animal Hairs
Resources for Paint Pigment Microscopists
Document Examination Lab TourAn overview of the techniques used to examine handwriting including the use of a comparison microscope for examining documents. Famous document cases are presented as examples.
The Euglenoid ProjectA research and teaching resource for students, teachers and researchers interested in the group of protists commonly known as, the euglenoids.
Analysis of Microscopic Material and the Stitching of the Dead Sea Scrolls
MicrographiaMicrographia is for those who use microscopes in their investigations of the world around them. It is for students and teachers of (especially) fresh water biology in their search for creature identification and illustrative material,and for anyone at all who feels like a browse through a minutely detailed world of small animals, small plants, and small things.
Innovations in Light MicroscopyInnovations in light microscopes over the past centuries has been driven by scientists who wish to observe and measure phenomena that were smaller, fainter, (Figure 1) and deeper inside tissue than ever before.
Milestones Light MicroscopyTimeline of light microscopy.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1953 Frits ZernikeFrits Zernike recieved the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1953 for his invention of the phase contrast microscope. Biographical information and Nobel Lecture "How I Discovered Phase Contrast" are included. There is also a short documentary that includes Professor Zernike demonstrating the phase contrast.
History of the Light Microscope
Micoscope Documents On LineCollection of manuals for microscopes that are no longer in production.
Authors: Gordon Cougar
Manuals PlusSearch for manuals in online catalog. Manuals are for sale.
Microscope Cleaning Instructions
Polarizing, Petrographic, GeologicalOverview of polarizing lights microscopes for transmitted light by knowledge geologists. the site includes many manuals in pdf format of retired student and research microscopes.
Authors: James Gregory McHone Ph.D.
AO (American Optical) Spencer Microscope Manuals and Catalogs
Leica, AO, Reichert, Reichert-Jung
Classic Optics Microscope Manuals and Brochures
How to Restore, Improve, and Digitize an old microscopeDownload a 13 step guide for replacing lightning on discarded compound microscopes with an LED light and adding a high quality webcan for image digitization. Be sure to read the many comments.
Basic Concepts and Formulas in Microscopy
Microscope Optical Systems
Specialized Microscopy Techniques
Basic Concepts in Optical MicroscopyMolecular Expressions Microscapes Primer is a top site for light microscopy information.
Differential Interference Contrast
Principles of Phase Contrast Microscopy
MicroscopiesLe site des Microscopistes Amateurs
Introduction to Polarized Light MicroscopyAn excellent introduction.
Principles and Applications of InterferometryAn excellent introduction.
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Online CampusThe Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Online Campus website explores the fascinating world of optical microscopy and provides the necessary background to understand both the basic concepts and advanced principles.
Amateur Micrography Front PageAn online bulletin board community dedicated to photomacrography, amateur microscopy, and photomicrography.
Microscope Basics and BeyondOverview of compund microscopes including the basics, lens aberration, Koehler illumination, conjugate plates, and resolution.
Introductions and Briefs
How Light Microscopes Work
Microscopy and ImagingThe BitesizeBio site contains short articles (Bite size) on biological research filled with down to earth advice and how to. Added to this is a touch of levity. The Microscopy and Imaging section includes topics such light microscopy techniques, such as phase contrast, staining, fixation, immunohistochemistry and more. Though the microscopy section is introductory there is much practical information on survival in a research lab that applies to scientist who are well beyond graduate school.
The Beginner’s Guide to MicroscopyThis introduction to microscopy and specimen preparation is written at an intermediate level and is especially useful for amateur microscopists, teachers, students, or anyone that is beginning to use microscopes. The text is well organized and uses a question and answer format making it easy to find information. Included are succinct and to the point answers and video.
Authors: Oliver Kim