Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

Here you can discuss sample and specimen preparation issues.
Post Reply
Message
Author
Traleah
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:46 pm
Location: SE WA State

Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#1 Post by Traleah » Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:05 pm

I found some slides on Amazon:
Karter scientific slides with frosted end
Levenhuk slides
Are these any good?

I found some #1.5 coverslips at Bioscience tools.
High precision cover glasses, No 1.5, CSHP-

Cover glasses for high performance microscopes, made of chemically resistant borosilicate glass of the first hydrolytic class with precision thickness No. 1.5 (0.170 mm ± 0.005 mm), suitable for in-vitro diagnostic applications. Absolutely colorless, perfectly clear, suitable for fluorescence microscopy. Made in Germany.


From where do forum members recommend buying slides and #1.5 coverslips?

I would like consistent quality across the glass.

Thank you for your help.

Mary

Hobbyst46
Posts: 2940
Joined: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:02 pm

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#2 Post by Hobbyst46 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:29 pm

Traleah wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:05 pm
I found some slides on Amazon:
Karter scientific slides with frosted end
Levenhuk slides
Are these any good?

I found some #1.5 coverslips at Bioscience tools.
High precision cover glasses, No 1.5, CSHP-

Cover glasses for high performance microscopes, made of chemically resistant borosilicate glass of the first hydrolytic class with precision thickness No. 1.5 (0.170 mm ± 0.005 mm), suitable for in-vitro diagnostic applications. Absolutely colorless, perfectly clear, suitable for fluorescence microscopy. Made in Germany.


From where do forum members recommend buying slides and #1.5 coverslips?

I would like consistent quality across the glass.

Thank you for your help.

Mary
The specs of the Bioscience coverslips mean a very high quality. Were they more affordable, I would have bought them.
Zeiss Standard GFL+Canon EOS-M10, Olympus VMZ stereo

Traleah
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:46 pm
Location: SE WA State

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#3 Post by Traleah » Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:45 pm

Thank you. I’ll keep looking. Maybe I should just start out with #1’s.

apochronaut
Posts: 3549
Joined: Fri May 15, 2015 12:15 am

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#4 Post by apochronaut » Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:57 am

If you are looking at aquatic samples, # 1 coverslips are often more suitable. The recommendation for using #2 covers is based on an ideal but many amateurs prepare aquatic samples too thick. For higher resolution objectives .40 N.A. and over but especially .65 and over using thinner coverslips , .10 to .15 allows for some sloppiness in sampling and will provide better imaging:
Last edited by apochronaut on Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:21 am, edited 1 time in total.

jjcook
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:23 am
Location: Portland, OR, USA

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#5 Post by jjcook » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:17 pm

@apochronaut Good point about #1 slips for aquatic samples.

If anyone is looking for high precision 0.17 +- 0.005mm #1.5 cover slips (18mmx18mm) you can get some Zeiss on eBay for $2.50 per 100 pack plus $5 shipping with $0.50 shipping each additional unit.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zeiss-Microsco ... 4321093497
- Jeff

Zuul
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri May 01, 2020 9:01 pm
Location: California

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#6 Post by Zuul » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:00 am

jjcook wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:17 pm
@apochronaut Good point about #1 slips for aquatic samples.

If anyone is looking for high precision 0.17 +- 0.005mm #1.5 cover slips (18mmx18mm) you can get some Zeiss on eBay for $2.50 per 100 pack plus $5 shipping with $0.50 shipping each additional unit.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zeiss-Microsco ... 4321093497
The $0.50 increase in shipping per item is more than the discount for buying 2. :lol:

Traleah
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:46 pm
Location: SE WA State

Re: Where to buy slides and #1.5 coverslips

#7 Post by Traleah » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:40 am

I ended up buying some of the #1’s. I know I’ll be doing some sloppy slides at first, and/or maybe they will work well if I want a gap between the slide and coverslip. I added the eBay 1.5’s to my watchlist so I can buy a box later.

Thanks for the help!

Post Reply