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 Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.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 In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.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, February 7, 2017

Images from Polanret!

As efforts continue to shift this Blog into more visual presentations, here two sets of images made from a single diatom at random setting for the instrument.

The in the first set, immediately below, colors from the camera images have been left largely intact. However, note that the colors are, to some extent, due to the interactions between the residual phase information from the instrument and the internals of the digital camera, and are not present to the same extent in the visual images.  (Such effects are common in phase contrast imaging and are not peculiar to the Polanret. They may. however, vary somewhat with the specific camera used, in this case a Canon 2400is.)

The next set contains exactly the same images as above, but with the extraneous color information suppressed. This provides a better representation of the actual visual appearance of the specimen.

This set more clearly demonstrates both the Polanret's ability to vary the image contrast level continuously and the ability to switch seamlessly between Bright and Dark contrast modes. (Click on an image set for larger versions, then use the Back button in your browser to return to this page.)

A more technical discussion of the Polanret system will follow in a day or two… 

Also, see the Blog Post of January 28, 2017 for an earlier discussion of this system. 

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