The humble tardigrade – tiny, strangely adorable and practically indestructible. Found almost everywhere on Earth, the microscopic tardigrade – also known as the ‘water bear’ or ‘moss piglet’ – is so unique that all 1300 tardigrade species belong to their own phylum, Tardigrada. With their widespread habitat and fascinating 8-legged appearance, they’re a great specimen for any microscope enthusiast.
The origins of the microscope can be traced back to the early days of human history when people first began using lenses to magnify objects. Today, they are used in a wide range of scientific fields, including biology, medicine, and material science. Here’s a quick look at their journey through the ages.
A microscope is more than a tool. Treated with care and respect, this delicate piece of equipment will carry you through decades of professional service.
Here are some general tips to help you keep your microscope in top condition.
A wet mount slide is one of the most common types of slide preparation techniques used in microscopy.
This guide walks you through the steps needed to prepare a wet mount slide for yourself. If you’re interested in microscopy, knowing how to mount your own wet slides is essential.
Are you wondering about the difference between stereo and biological microscopes (also known as compound microscopes)? Don’t fret if it sounds confusing. They’re just two distinct types of microscopes, and it’s easy to decide which one you’ll need.
Think of a reticle as a contact lens with a crosshair. But for your microscope, of course. You’ll need a reticle if you want to measure microscopic specimens (and a stage micrometer too, but we’ll get to that). A reticle is a simple instrument – a small glass disc with an unlabelled measuring scale etched into it.