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Brand vs. No-name microscopes: Advantages and disadvantages

Brand microscopes have several advantages over no-name microscopes – but these advantages are costly. In this video I give an overview of advantages and disadvantages of the different microscope types. I am not affiliated with any microscope company (I just happen to own two Olympus microscopes, and therefore use them as an example).

Pollen microscopy with a DIY slide ringing table

I made a slide ringing table and make a dry mount with spruce pollen. Spruce trees make large amounts of pollen every few years. 2018 was such a year and much pollen collected on the ground, which I then put under the microscope. For making the slide, I used a concave slide and nail polish to glue the cover glass to the slide. The slide ringing table was made by gluing a CD on a fidget spinner.

Making paper-covered microscope slides

Paper-wrapped microscope slides were common in the 19th centruy. Here I try to rediscover how it is done.

How I make microscopy videos (behind the scenes look)

Here I give you a behind the scenes look of the Microbehunter Youtube Channel.

How to make large pictures with a microscope

Here I show you how to combine (stitch) several pictures taken with the microscope into one larger high resolution image.

Live tick under the microscope

Here I mounted a tick and was able to see the movement of its organs.

Pollen of a flower under the microscope

Pollen of a Narcissus flower. Here I will be looking at different preparations of pollen (dry and water mounted).

Pond water under the microscope

Vorticella, Stentor, Cholophyceae, and “water fleas” – do not let the complicated names confuse you! Pond water samples almost always contain a many different microbes to observe!

Vintage viewing screen for microscopes

Before the time of digital cameras, these screens were used for direct viewing of microscopic specimens.

Changing the 60x objective of my microscope

This video shows you how to exchange microscope objectives.I ordered a used 60x microscope objective and I unpack it and install it in this video. I also do an image test. I have measured the image size and therefore could include a scale bar on the bottom left with the micrographs. * Unpacking the objective […]


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