Category: Videos


Cotton Candy under the microscope

Topics: watching cotton candy melt under the microscope. Cotton candy is pure sugar. It attracts moisture and this causes the cotton candy to melt. Under the microscope you can observe this process quite well.

Pollen from honey under the microscope

Extracting pollen from honey and observing it under the microscope. I will show you how to use a hand centrifuge to concentrate the pollen and how to make a temporary slide for observing them. Natural honey contains flower pollen. These pollen can be observed under the microscope, but you first have to concentrate them before […]

A slide ringing table for microscope slides and how to use it

Topics: Unpacking and checking the slide ringing table | making a dry-mounted slide. I ordered a slide ringing table from Brunel Microscopes (I am not affiliated with them). Here I have a closer look at this table and I am also making the first permanent slide with its help. These devices help in stabilizing the […]

Honey under the microscope

Polarized light microscopy to make sugar crystals visible in honey. Honey that is stored too cold might start to crystallize. The sugar crystals can be seen quite well using polarized light.

Volcanic sand under the microscope

Volcanic sand from the Canary Islands is observed with a stereo and compound microscope using top-illumination (epi-illumination). In this video I will show you how to make a permanent slide of sand and how I observed the sand using microscopy.

Which microscope head to buy? How many eyepieces?

Advantages of monocular, binocular and trinocular microscope heads. They differ in price and on comfort of use and photography. Monocular heads are the cheapest, small, light and do not have mechanical parts that might break. Binocular heads are good for long-term viewing and allow for the adjustment of eye distance and difference in eye-sight between […]

Dog under the microscope – well almost

How can you put dog specimens on a microscope slide without harming it? It’s surprisingly simple…

Example of a low quality microscope

Here I show you a microscope that has given me many (mostly mechanical) problems. There are even a range of design errors in the microscope.

A 3000x magnification does not make sense!

Some microscope companies advertise microscopes with unrealistically high magnifications.The resolution limit of a microscope is at about 1000x and any higher magnification will only result in a blurry image, or “empty magnification”.

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).

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