Microscopy Instruction

The McCrone Research Institute provides specialized training for microscopists. Visit: www.mcri.org for their class schedules on particle analysis, polarized light microscopy, forensic microscopy, digital imaging and materials science microscopy.   One of the best sources for microscopy instruction on-line is the site: www.ibiology.org     Dr. Nico Stuurman has some very good introductory and advanced microscopy presentations that will be useful to those microscopists interested in learning the basics. Dr. Stuurman's presentation "Introduction to Fluorescence Microscopy" is a good example of his expertise and presentation skills.

DEFINITIONS AND TERMS:      KODAK (aka Great Yellow Father) is an American company out of Rochester, NY.   Years ago they printed several important books that you may still find on Ebay...."PHOTOMACROGRAPHY"  and "PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE (1988)" by John G. Delly.  Please note we use the PHOTO prefix as the terms we use with most of our optical systems. The term "CLOSEUP" is usually somewhere less than 1:1 on the film plane or sensor. PHOTOMACROGRAPHY is defined as 1:1 to 50X......do not confuse this with "MACROPHOTOGRAPHY" which is defined as the making of LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS or PHOTOMURALS....such as what you might see at a museum entrance or on the side of a bus.
PHOTOMICROSCOPY then starts where PHOTOMACROGRAPHY ends....and higher at the film plane or sensor depending on the intermediate optics being used. Final sensor magnification in PHOTOMICROSCOPY is determined by intermediate relay lenses, photo oculars and the objective lens itself (1X to 100x).  Viewing magnification is then dependent on print size or monitor diagonal.   Don't confuse PHOTOMICROGRAPHY with MICROPHOTOGRAPHY.
MICROPHOTOGRAPHY is the art of making SMALL photographs of LARGE objects.  Don't let the German term MIKROPHOTOGRAPHIE confuse you here in the USA......MICROPHOTOGRAPHY involves MICROFILM or MICROFICHE.  OK, with terminology out of the way lets move on....

beyond the basics....

The links below are very useful websites for beginners and advanced microscopists who wish to understand the workings of an optical microscope.   Many times the owner's manuals will discuss components of a particular model without any discussion or explanation of "how and why".   Bunton stands ready to support owner's of Leitz microscopes and assist in providing correct instruction in use for all microscopes made by Leitz since about 1950. We have original Wetzlar instruction books on all accessories, cameras. We can help you trouble-shoot problems and evaluate the components you are using to be sure they are correct. There is no charge for on-line consultations from Bunton.
You will not find such assistance anywhere else and we look forward to being of service in any way we can.

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VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL....over 30 microscopy-specific clips that you will find useful
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These days we have all experienced the inconvenience of restricted travel and having to communicate with associates, students and commercial vendors via the internet. Zoom was launched at a good time that is for sure!
Thanks to websites such as YouTube and Vimeo we can all find useful information for due diligence pertaining to new products and methods.   This is all very important to anyone using an optical microscope and digital imaging tools.

Unfortunately there are many providers of information on the internet that do not know what they are talking about. It is up to those who wish to be "educated consumers" to study any information found on-line carefully....very carefully.  Our goal at Bunton is to sort out the B.S. and inaccuracies in the world of microscopy and point the microscopist in the right direction for their due diligence and quest for correct use of their microscopy and imaging tools in the lab.  Our extensive roster of YouTube presentations was a start. More is coming from Bunton and our associates ....stay tuned to our website and YouTube channel.

Trade shows now feature virtual exhibit halls and details on products that we may find of interest for our microscopy investigations.  It is expected that many of these COVID-era communication tools will continue even after the pandemic is fully under control and things get back to normal around the globe.  Expect VR and AR to play a role in learning about new products and how to use them.  Many scientific meetings will soon begin again with face-to-face activities and all of the usual travel logistics and expenses that go with that well-established routine for students, scientists and developers of new technologies ....optics, photonics, advanced imaging tools ......yes, microscopes included.   Expect to see more virtual instruction tied in with AR and VR presentations that may require 3D headwear for a totally new learning experience. Look for new viewing technology from the likes of Google, Meta and Lenovo.   Feel free to contact me if you have any questions in the meantime.  We always stand ready to be of service here at Bunton Instrument Co., Inc.  Stay well!

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