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 Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.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 In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Microscope reviews!

The attached document was extracted from the Practical Guide to Microscopes, a volume in the BETTER MICROSCOPY Series. It is essentially the 2010 text with only a few minor updates.

It represents the opinions of the author, based on several decades of experience in microscopy and, in most cases, considerable hands-on experience with the models discussed.

Clearly, it is not the last word on much of the material covered and does not cover all of the possible models. Coverage is limited to those models most likely to be useful today and not of "collectible" status -- roughly covering the period of the 1950's through the early 1990's. (Thus, modern Infinity models are not covered, except for American Optical (AO) and its descendants.)  

Nevertheless, for those more interested in "using" (versus merely "collecting") microscopes, the text in its present form should provide some useful guidance, and perhaps some interesting background as well.

An updated version if this work is in progress and is planned to expand the coverage to include a number of additional microscope models, as well as changes in branding and corporate names, etc.

This .pdf file is less than 1MB and only 14 pages, and so should be a 'quick read' for most users:

I hope you enjoy this latest release and perhaps learn a thing or two from it! 

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