Michael Keniston...A Closer Eye View
Thomas Webster...On Closer Inspection...
Danny Young...Micro & Macro

John Fichtl...It is with great sadness that I must report that John Fichtl passed away on 10 September 2004. Godspeed, John.
Graham Matthews...Graham Matthews Home Pages
Piotr Rotkiewicz...PIRX
David "Frez" Tretault...Frez's Microscope Stuff
Ken Ramos...Kingdom Protista
Ron Neumeyer... Light Microscope Forum and Digital Imaging Galleries
Ken Ramos...NatureScope NWC
Johnny Watts...Molecular Expressions
Gordon Couger...Microscope Pages
Andre Advocat...Microscopie
Mike Shaw...Microshaw
Bill Dembowski...The Nature Observer
Christian Linkenheld...Mikroscopie
Oliver Skibbe...Larger Than Life
Stan Muller...Muller's Goodies
Paul Eluard...Minusculo
Leslie Harris...Natural History Museum of LA County
Anne Dill...Pictures: Family Parasite?

Wim van Egmond...Micro Homepage
Spike Walker...The Ultraphot Shop
Ron Neumeyer... Light Microscope Forum and Digital Imaging Galleries

eBay...The undisputed champion of microscopes and microscope supplies! If you are looking for it, it will eventually show up on eBay!

OpticsPlanet.com...I have bought several LOMO objective lenses and eyepieces from OpticsPlanet.com. LOMO optics are made in Russia and so far I have been very satisfied with the quality of the optics. They also carry a very full line of LOMO microscopes and can order any LOMO accessory direct from the distributor.

Microscopes from Nightingale..."Your one stop source for microscopes and accessories." This is a tall claim to make but this dealer does list an impressive array of new and used microscopes and accessories.

Dotmed.com...This site is new to me but I noticed the prices on used microscopes are very good. You have to register as a member to access the ads. Follow links: Equipment (tab at top of screen) > Laboratory > Clinical Lab > Microscope.

Bulb Direct...Does your microscope take a hard to find and expensive lamp for the illuminator? Bulb Direct has a wide range of microscope lamps at what I have found to be the most reasonable prices.

topbulb...If you can't find the microscope lamp you need from Bulb Direct go on over to topbulb. Topbulb carries some lamps that can't be found elsewhere and their prices are only slightly higher than Bulb Direct.

Don's Bulbs...I include this link for information only! This man's prices for microscope lamps are a joke! He charges $32.00 for a lamp that I can buy for $7.50 from Bulb Direct! However, this website is a wonderful resource for obtaining the specifications of a lamp or lamp base.

In no particular order of preference:

Carl Zeiss LOMO Nikon
Olympus Wild-Leitz

Macnan Biologicals...Macnan carries a very nice selection of basic laboratory supplies at very reasonable prices.

Tri-Ess Sciences, Inc....Another good source for laboratory supplies for the amateur market.

Carolina Biological Supply Company...This is a great source for all kinds of science and laboratory supplies.

Ward's Natural Science...Ward's has been around longer than dirt! Although Ward's can be very expensive sometimes Ward's is the only place an amateur can buy certain items. Do comparison shop before placing an order with Ward's.

Round Cover Slips!!

ProSciTech...Do you prefer the look of round cover slips on your permanent microscope slides? Tired of the high cost of round cover slips? Check out ProSciTech. Jim Darley owns and operates this Australian scientific supply company and is one of the nicest suppliers I have met on the Internet! Shipping can be expensive from Australia but, even after shipping costs are figured in, round cover slips may be had for 1/2 the price found here in the US! While there check out Jim's other offerings. The online catalog alone makes for some interesting reading!

Brunel Microscopes, Ltd....Brunel Microscopes, Ltd. carries a full line of microscopes and microscopy supplies. Located in the United Kingdom, I have found Brunel Microscopes, Ltd. to be a valuable resource for purchasing bilogical stains. Even with the conversion from pounds to dollars and the charge for international shipping, stains may be purchased from Brunell more cheaply than they can be gotten in the United States.

Grau Hall Scientific...These people are a bit high priced but they can supply you with biological stains that you cannot find anywhere else.

Surplus Shed...Oh boy! When I visit Surplus Shed I feel like a kid loose in a candy store! There are a lot of nifty surplus items here that can be used by an ingenious microscopist! This is a great place to buy polarizing filters for crossed-polarization lighting. SurpluShed also carries a small hand microtome for just $25.00 that is capable of producing 25 micron sections. This is a cheap way to get into sectioning specimens. The people that run Surplus Shed are friendly, professional, and an absolute delight with whom to do business.

SurgicalShop.com...of Narang Enterprises of New Delhi, India offers a slightly larger, but still affordable, hand microtome that clamps to your workbench. You can order one of these microtomes direct from their SurgicalShop.com for $72.00 and that's with shipping included. These microtomes are advertised to be able to produce 10 micron sections. Recently there has been a slew of cheap hand microtomes on eBay selling for $50.00. This microtome is a much better buy.

American Science and Surplus...Here's a candy store for all of you bargain hunters. This is probably the least expensive supplier of small glass vials and you can order quantities as small as 10 vials. Do beware of the quality of some of the import tools, however.

Molecular Expressions...Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about microscopes, microscope optics, lighting techniques, you name it, can be found on this most impressive web site.

Nikon Microscopy U...This is my second favorite microscopy web site. The Nikon Microscopy U is very closely aligned with Molecular Expressions.

The Microscope On A Budget...This is a nice site by M. B. Stevens from which to learn the basics of light microscopy.

Microscopy Services Laboratory...This site features downloadable Adobe Acrobat® .pdf documents consisting of 15 chapters and 2 appendices on the basics of using a microscope. These chapters belong in everybody's "Favorites" folder.


OK. So Nature Photographers Network is not a microscopy society. NPN is, however, the best online nature photography website on the Internet. Please visit and see the work posted by many, many of our friends!

Yahoo Microscope Group...You could not ask for a nicer and more knowledgeable bunch of microscope enthusiasts. The combined knowledge of the members of this group is just astonishing. More importantly, the members are all too willing to help and support each other as well as helping and supporting the "newbies". Join this group. You will not be disappointed!

Microscopy-UK...Undeniably the best of the on-line microscopy "magazines". This is the home of Micscape Magazine, a wonderful resource of information for amateur microscopists. There's no doubt in my mind that the Brits have a leg up on us Americans when it comes to amateur microscopy enthusiasts and resources.

Royal Microscopy Society...This British Society was founded in 1839 as the Microscopical Society of London. This is a professional organization with a fantastic journal, The Journal of Microscopy.

The Quekett Microscopical Club...The Quekett Microscopical Club is the second oldest microscopy club in Great Britain having been founded in 1865. This website makes for some interesting reading.

Microscopy Society of America...America's version of the Royal Microscopy Society. The society publishes both Microscopy Today magazine and the Microscopy and Microanalysis journal.

New York Microscopical Society...The Big Apple's own! However it looks like the website can use an update!

The Microscopical Society of Southern California (MSSC)...This looks to be a very active regional society with a host of benefits for the members.

The San Francisco Microscopical Society...This is a great resource for those of you who live in the Bay area.

www.ModernMicroscopy.com...by the McCrone Group offers an interesting series of articles and tutorials in the online Modern Microscopy Journal.

Protist Information Server...What an information source!! The Protist Information Server is the first resource I turn to in identifying "micro-critters". The Server has 30,926 images of protists broken down into 487 genera and 1,617 species with an additional 556 movie clips. WOW!

Protist Image Data...This is the second resource I turn to to identify protists. There are literally hundreds of images to help with identifying "micro-critters".

Google Web Directory Rotifer Links...If you enjoy watching rotifers as much as I do, you can find all of the information you ever wanted to know about rotifers at these Google supplied links.

Cyanosite...If you are interested in cyanobacteria this site provides a lot of useful information and links as well as 200 images of cyanobacteria

Ciliate Diversity ...This web site provides a useful chart to help you begin identifying protists.

John Ralf's: The British Desmidieae...No photographs but a beautifully illustrated guide to British desmids produced in the middle 1800's. This work speaks volumes about careful observation!

Microbial Digital Specimen Archives...Another fabulous "micro-critter" identification site. Definitely a site worth visiting when you have to ID the unknown.

DMOZ Open Directory of Rotifer Links...If you can't find what you are looking for in the Google Web Directory for rotifers, check here next!

Centex Naturalist...A site maintained by Jerry Evans, I have found the identifications of some obscure "micro-critters" here.

Light Micrographs of Pollen Grains...One of the subjects I like to look at is pollen grains. I am fascinated by the many geometrical shapes and how these shapes are used to "package" so many different types of microscopic subjects. This page will aid in identifying pollen grains at least to the family level.

Studying Pollen...by Dave Walker. This is a great article found on the Micscape website that will give you an idea of what is required to preserve and prepare pollen for microscopic study. The links to other references is worth a read of this article.

Kahl (1930 - 1935) : Wimpertiere oder Ciliata...This is just an incredible resource for identifying ciliates. This is an 800+ page book presented online in its entirety by Conch Books. The text is written in German but you really don't have to read German to take advantage of this great identification resource.

Astrobiology Micro*scope...The Astrobiology Institute Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. Kind of says it all! :-)

Scirus, for scientific information only...Scirus will help you separatet the "wheat from the chaff". This is a search engine dedicated to scientific topics. Type in your search item and Scirus will pull only scientific web sites dealing with your subject. Cool!

Histotechnology Technical Methods...This web page will provide you links to the protocols for staining tissues if you are interested in biological stains and staining methods used on animal tissues.

Ron's Pond Scum...A delightful look at the "micro-critters" that inhabit one man's decorative ponds.

Balplan Instruction Manual...I do not know who supports this site but if you have a Bausch and Lomb Balplan microscope, you can find the instruction manual on this site.

Microscopy Links...Gordon Cougar collects links to microscopy information like the rest of us collect microscope slides! Any kind of microscopy link can be found at Gordon's site.

Lightscapes Webring...If you enjoy viewing polarized light photomicro-graphs then you will enjoy visiting this webring. Many of the images produced by the members are simply stunning.

The Macrolens Collection Database...For those of you who are into photomacrography true macro lenses look and act nothing like the lenses marketed for photomacrography today. This website is a fabulous resource for those of you who would be interested in true macro lenses.

Rotifer Specialist...Howard L. Taylor...Yes, I'm nuts for rotifers! I can't get enough information about them! Howard Taylor is a specialist in the study of rotifers. He graciously makes available "Chapters" of information on the collection and study of rotifers. You would be remiss not to avail yourself of these chapters!

The microtome: function and design...by Roy C. Ellis is a wonderful article on the different types of microtomes and their uses. If you want a fairly complete overview of the processes behind sectioning specimens this is a must read.

Methods in Plant Histology...If your interests run more towards plants, this website offers a wonderful resource to preparation and study of plant histology.

Bring Images to Life...This is a neat little article on how to print Rheinberg filters on transparency materials using your inkjet printer.

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