Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

And now... Darkfield and more!

This latest release is more in line with the scope and purpose of this blog than the earlier "test" releases.

Those were limited in size and scope and were primarily introductory material. With this release we move forward into more substantive discussions; more technical and more detailed:

The contents of this release were taken from Volume II of the BETTER MICROSCOPY Combined Edition, the best-selling book of the Series. It covers Darkfield Microscopy, Phase Contrast Microscopy,  and Other Contrast Methods (Oblique, Rheinberg Color Contrast and Pseudo-phase).

The full-color rear cover photo set has been retained, illustrating the methods covered in the text. Photo details are listed in "Appendix I," the next-to-last page of the release.

Although this release runs to 30 pages (a bit much for online viewing!) the file size has been kept to under 2Mb, for easy download, and the page size has been adjusted to the US standard 8.5 x 11 in, for easy printing.

 I hope you enjoy this first "real" document release, and perhaps even learn "a thing or two" from it...

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