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New and learning

Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 10:39 pm
by prdnr
Hi everyone

I am newly interested in microscopy, after reading Nick Lane's books and becoming intrigued by biochemistry. And yet somehow microscopy didn't occur to me as a possibility until someone suggested I watch Journey to the Microcosmos on YouTube. Now I've just bought a SWIFT SW380B which arrived today, and I've managed to look at some samples from puddles (lucky it poured with rain today).

Does anyone have any advice on good resources for recognising the different microbes you come across? It would be great if I could learn to make sense of what I'm seeing. Today I have seen some tiny things that look like little round avocados, and some much bigger maggot-ish things.

Look forward to learning with you all

Re: New and learning

Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 7:39 pm
by lorez2
It looks as though you are off to a good start. Do a web search for freshwater protozoans and you will find all sorts of resources.

Find a roadside ditch, or something similar and start collecting.

All the best in your search.