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Under the microscope #3 – Water fountain (with Spirogyra algae)

Found in: Videos | Date: August 25, 2016

Here are some nice images of the alga Spirogyra. These algae have a spiral-shaped chloroplast. The video also shows other algae in colonies.

Under the microscope #2 – Sand from playground

Found in: Videos | Date: August 23, 2016

Unless it is fine-grained, sand is a bit more difficult to observe under the microscope. Darkfiled microscopy shows quite nicely, that many sand grains are transparent (some made made of quartz).

Under the microscope #1 – Dandelion

Found in: Videos | Date: August 23, 2016

Dandelion seeds are scattered by wind. Here I am having a look at the fruit of a dandelion. The fruits are the fine “hairs” that carry the seed. In the field of Biology the term “fruit” does not have the same meaning as in everyday usage.

The Toupcam S3CMOS: A small USB 3 Microscope Camera

Found in: Buying Advice | Date: May 27, 2016

A review of Toupcam S3CMOS, a USB 3 microscope camera


Focus animation of a radiolarian

Found in: Observations and pictures | Date: December 25, 2015

Here we have a focus animation of two radiolaria. The shells of these organisms are made of silica, which is similar to glass.

Observing Brownian motion

Found in: Theory | Date: December 6, 2015

Brownian motion is the random movement of particles. This motion can be observed under the microscope, when looking at very small particles. In this case we will have a look at the fat droplets in milk.

uSCOPE MX II digital microscope

The uSCOPE MXII digital microscope

Found in: Observations and pictures, Photography, Virtual Microscope | Date: November 1, 2014

The uSCOPE MXII microscope is a slide digitizer, which allows you to take overlapping pictures to be stitched together into a larger final image.

New Microscopy Forum!

Found in: Editorial | Date: October 19, 2014

The new microscopy forum is now online and everyone is invited to join.

moss cells (level corrected)

White balance and image quality

Found in: Observations and pictures, Photography | Date: August 24, 2014

Automatic white balance can greatly increase the information content of the images, it can also introduce color artifacts, however.

High speed micrography – stinging nematocysts of a jelly fish

Found in: Observations and pictures, Photography, Videos | Date: August 19, 2014

Here is an embedded Youtube video which shows some high speed photography.

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