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A Glass-Sphere Microscope updated on the 30th of December 2010
In this article I deal with the construction of a simple microscope which uses a little glass sphere as a lens. This instrument has a magnifying power of up to 300 times and produces very sharp images.

A Stereoscopic Microscope
A stereoscopic microscope is a very important tool for the naturalist. It allows the naturalist to see insects, flowers, and minerals in 3-D. With this project you will be able to make a high quality stereoscopic microscope with your own hands and little expenditure.

Blood Cells
What is flowing in our veins? With the help of a microscope and some simple staining treatments, it is possible to observe blood cells and to learn to recognize them. This text describes the role of these cells in our bodies.

A One-Dollar Compound Microscope  updated on August 2011
One most certainly cannot say that building this microscope is too expensive. And the good thing about this project is that itís not even that difficult. This article discusses an authentic compound microscope, a tool that will allow you to carry out interesting observations of nature. This project also allows you the possibility of improving upon the initial microscope, equipping it with a focusing system and high quality optics and experimenting with new solutions. If you enjoy building scientific instruments, this project is for you!

Let's Build a Stereo-Zoom Microscope
A stereo-zoom microscope is an instrument equipped with continual variation of magnification. Have you ever viewed such a thing? With this microscope, you will be able to zoom into a flower, exactly like bees do when looking for nectar. Would you have ever imagined that it would be possible to build this type of instrument with your own hands? No? And yet, here is the project in full! The article discusses a stereoscopic microscope which uses a simple camera zoom lens for its objective.

High-Magnification Stereoscopy
Do you have a microscope? Have you never managed to experience the 3-D vision one enjoys with a stereoscopic microscope? Having 3-D vision while observing protists allows you to follow their movement even in terms of depth. Not only that, but you will be able to examine and appreciate the volume and arrangement of their internal organs. Moreover, you will be able to keep these microscopic living creatures in focus while they change altitudes. All in all, passing from two to three dimensions is like allowing a comic-strip character to become flesh and blood and having him/her walk on the newspaper: itís a huge leap in quality! Something analogous to this scenario is exactly what we can accomplish with our microscope. Up until now, our microscopes have shown us microorganisms living in a flat world. From now on, it is possible to see that world in three exciting dimensions. All this can be obtained with some simple modifications to your microscope.

Protist Park
In this section, we discuss Protists, microorganisms which live in well and pond water. ďProtist ParkĒ discusses these living creatures which, though unknown to most people, are a continuous source of wonder to those who do observe them for their variety of forms and their habits. Here you will find an Introduction to Protists, a Display of These Bizarre Creatures, and an Account of the Trip taken to the Kingdom of Protists by a group of courageous tourists. Along with them, you will be able to observe numerous authentic images and films of the aliens which inhabit this parallel dimension.

Shots from a Microscope
Seen through a microscope, nature reveals enchanting and spectacular scenes. Often, what we have observed is so incredible that we canít even begin to explain it to other people. The desire instantly arises to preserve these observations by means of pictures or movies and to share the marvels encountered during our explorations under the microscope. However, shooting pictures through a microscope is not at all simple. A considerable amount of basic knowledge is needed. This article is designed to be an introduction to shooting still pictures and film through a microscope, giving particular attention to digital imaging techniques.

The dust you collect on a duster or rag while cleaning your house can be quite foul at first glance. To the contrary, observed under a microscope, dust reveals itself it to be anything but vile, composed of interesting fragments to be identified.

How is it possible for life to sustain itself for years inside a small glass bottle? Collect a little pond water, fill half a glass bottle with it, and seal the bottle. After months or years, in that little bit of water you will see green clots, which indicate photosynthetic activity. It would be interesting to examine what life forms are present in this microworld under a microscope and to try to understand their relationships.

A Simple Stereoscopic Microscope
This project will allow you to construct an excellent stereoscopic microscope. In comparison to the stereoscopic microscopes already presented in this gallery, this model is much easier to construct because it is no longer necessary to build the prism box. This instrument is very useful for all those who love nature and also for students. It will open up a new world to you to explore.

A Simple Stereoscopic Microscope Redesigned!
This experiment is very similar to the previous one on optics. The principal difference is that the main body of this microscope is even simpler to build. Many are surprised by the quality of the images produced by this instrument.


A High Eye Relief Eyepiece
Have you some vignetting problems in your shoting through the microscope? This optical device is made for you!


Mitosis in the Root Tips of Garlic and Onion
If you have a microscope, with a few simple steps, you will be able to observe the chromosomes of garlic or onion cells during their duplication. This is a useful experiment to understand how complex and fascinating the world of biology is.

Robert Hooke's Microscope
By providing a glass-sphere microscope with an eyepiece
, it is possible to gain many advantages such as the ability to observe the images more comfortably. Is it true that the van Leeuwenhoek's microscope were clearer than the Hooke's microscope? This claim has circulated for centuries, but is it true? In this article I propose a comparison between these two instruments. For those who are interested, the article will also contain the information necessary to construct a Hooke's microscope equipped with the principal modern devices.

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Microscope
Let's build a replica of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's microscope, one of the first microscopes ever built, which is equipped with a very small lens as the objective, and yet this simple instrument heralded the birth of modern microbiology.



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