Why a mounting medium is important
The refractive indes (RI) of the mounting medium can have a significant impact on the image quality.
 
How do you make dry-mounted permanent slides?
Dry mounted permanent slides do not use a liquid mounting medium. The cover glass has to be held in place in another way.
 
Growing Algae in a Jar
A drop of inorganic fertilizer greatly enhances the growth of algae in a mini-aquarium.
 
How to make a permanent microscope slide
An overview of the specimen preparation steps and choice of mounting medium for making a permanent slide for microscopy
 
How can specimens be prepared for observation?
Some specimens might not fit on a microscope slide. Here are some suggestions on what you can do.
 
Which brand of microscope should I buy?
The particular model of a microscope is of much less importance than the components that are used.
 
What are different compound microscope types?
Different light microscopes serve different purposes. This article gives you an overview.
 
What features does an amateur compound microscope need?
If you want to buy a microscope for amateur microscopy, then I recommend the following features.
 
Do I need phase contrast?
Phase contrast microscopy is an optical staining technique. It converts differences of refractive index of a specimen into brightness differences.
 
What kinds of microscope heads are there?
The microscope head carries the eyepieces of the microscope. There are monocular, binocular and trinocular heads. Here we'll have a closer look at them.