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What is your microscopy history? What are your interests? What equipment do you use?
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Hello everybody

#1 Post by vgwhite » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:00 pm

I just joined the forum and I'm happy to be here. It looks very interesting and I'm sure I will learn a lot because I don't have the level of expertise that some of the members here exhibit. I'll contribute what I can.

I got interested in microscopes when I was about 10 and my parents bought me an AC Gilbert Microscope kit. At 50x to 100x you could actually see an image and I was blown away when I started looking at things around the house and trying the experiments in the instruction booklet. A few years later, they bought me a Monolux scope that was a lot better, but still crude by any standard. I used that scope for decades looking at one celled organisms, algae, insects etc.

A few years ago, I discovered eBay and started buying used equipment and restoring old scopes. I've got 2 AO Series 10 microscopes, one setup for darkfield and a B&L Flatfield Dynoptic. I particularly like the Dynoptic - the image is sharp over the entire field of view.

I hope to pick up some tips on slide preparation. I still like to restore old scopes - I'm sure I'll pick up some tips there as well.

Once again, glad to be here.


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#2 Post by 75RR » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:27 pm

Hi vgwhite, welcome
A few years ago, I discovered eBay and started buying used equipment ...
No cure for that I am afraid!
Zeiss Standard WL (somewhat fashion challenged) & Wild M8
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#3 Post by charlie g » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:48 pm

Welcome, Vince! I too had a Monolux with it's neat wooden box. Have a good year ahead...and good microscopy! Charlie guevara

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#4 Post by MicroBob » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:00 pm

Hi Vince,
welcome to the forum!
It would be nice to see a picture of you microscopes, especially the first ones if you still have them.
There have been quite a few topics about slide preparation with hobbyist equimpent lately.


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#5 Post by JMK » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:31 pm

Welcome aboard! Everyone would benefit from your posts/contributions to our shared interests.

The AC Gilbert Company was the common denominator for a phenomenal number of individuals pursuing science and engineering related careers and avocations.


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