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 Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.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 In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

'Heine-IPC': COLOR Phase Contrast... [UPDATE]

Note: For the Original post, see Post of Sept. 24, 2017, immediately below...

One of the more significant justifications for developing something like the current "Heine-IPC System" is the potential for producing high-definition phase contrast images (either with or without color enhancement) using objectives for which no "genuine" phase contrast version is available, or which may never have existed... 

One good example of this is the Nikon 60x/0.85 CF Plan Achromat (non-phase only), used for the next two Heine-IPC images, shown immediately below:

Click on either of the above images for larger views.

The sample image below shows a different color adjustment for the IPC unit, as well as a diatom having greater fine detail in its structure... (Note that the focus in this image is on the fine detail, not on the diatom's overall structure. Click on the image for a larger version.)

Click on any of the above images for larger views.

For discussion of the Nikon IPC system itself, see the post of Feb. 25, 2017, in the Blog Archive. 

Development of the 'Heine-IPC System' is, of course, continuing... 

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