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!
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!
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
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.
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.
Society of America...America's
version of the Royal Microscopy Society. The society publishes
both Microscopy Today magazine and the Microscopy and Microanalysis
York Microscopical Society...The
Big Apple's own! However it looks like the website can use an
Microscopical Society of Southern California (MSSC)...This
looks to be a very active regional society with a host of benefits
for the members.
San Francisco Microscopical Society...This is a great
resource for those of you who live in the Bay area.
the McCrone Group offers an interesting series of articles and
tutorials in the online Modern Microscopy Journal.
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.
is the second resource I turn to to identify protists. There
are literally hundreds of images to help with identifying "micro-critters".
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.
you are interested in cyanobacteria this site provides a lot
of useful information and links as well as 200 images of cyanobacteria
Diversity ...This web site provides
a useful chart to help you begin identifying protists.
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
Digital Specimen Archives...Another
fabulous "micro-critter" identification site. Definitely
a site worth visiting when you have to ID the unknown.
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!
Naturalist...A site maintained
by Jerry Evans, I have found the identifications of some obscure
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.
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.
(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
Micro*scope...The Astrobiology Institute Marine Biological
Laboratory, Woods Hole. Kind of says it all! :-)
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!
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.
Pond Scum...A delightful look at the "micro-critters"
that inhabit one man's decorative ponds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
in Plant Histology...If
your interests run more towards plants, this website offers
a wonderful resource to preparation and study of plant histology.
Images to Life...This
is a neat little article on how to print Rheinberg filters on
transparency materials using your inkjet printer.