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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...owViewpoints=1

    http://www.brunelmicroscopes.co.uk/bee-disease.html

    Something like this might be a good option
    Unless you are making microscopy a hobby or doing some exam my advice is don't worry about oil immersion high power messy stuff plan optics etc.
    The microscope will spend most of its time in a cupboard
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    If you do make some pollen slides etc.
    it helps to make a slide heating box
    Basic plan is marine ply box with metal lid
    Light bulb holder and bulb inside box
    Dimmer switch on outside of box
    Here's a useful site http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.html
    and another one http://www.quekett.org/starting/digi...icrography.htm
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    Even simpler, empty tin, I use a wine concentrate one, suported over a 40 Watt bulb, temperature control achieved by raising tin off base to provide ventilation, no need for dimmer control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruary View Post
    Even simpler, empty tin, I use a wine concentrate one,
    Another Irishman brewing his own! Where will it all end.

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    If you make one with dimmer control though you can use it for gradual melting of a jar of granulated honey
    Wax impregnating samples for your rocking microtome etc.
    And drying your socks after visiting the hives.
    If your buying high quality microscopes you will want to get the best from them and that takes investment of time and money.
    I'm pretty lazy as a rule but you can make a decent slide warming box in an afternoon wine takes about 4 weeks

    For anybody interested in section cutting http://www.brunelmicroscopes.co.uk/microtomy.html
    I have one of these brunel rocking jobs and its pretty good for the money

    Practical Section Cutting and Staining is a book by E C Claydon (my copy is 1948) which covers the whole sectioning and staining subject very well for the non professional microscopist http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-lis...condition=used
    Dont pay Amazon price though just search around or get library copy
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Wax impregnating samples for your rocking microtome etc.......
    I wish I had one, lack of funds etc
    I'm pretty lazy as a rule but you can make a decent slide warming box in an afternoon wine takes about 4 weeks
    Hold on....... you empty the concentrate and make the wine, while it is brewing you make insert the lamp holder on a piece of wood, two more to raise that of the work surface and give space for the flex.... 10 minutes no more, and you have wine brewing...;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruary View Post
    I wish I had one, lack of funds etc
    Hold on....... you empty the concentrate and make the wine, while it is brewing you make insert the lamp holder on a piece of wood, two more to raise that of the work surface and give space for the flex.... 10 minutes no more, and you have wine brewing...;-)
    Ruary you are right

    Not only am I pretty lazy it seems but pretty thick as well LOL!
    worth keeping an eye on the Brunel site the second hand used stuff, I think they are trade ins, sometimes they come up.
    Microscopy is a bottomless money pit if you start collecting stuff
    I've managed to resist trying to stick a camera on mine but if I was rich I would like a fancy one with the trinocular tube and digital camera attachment

    I nicked this link from Microbees site

    http://www-saps.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/pollen/index2.htm

    Fantastic pollen images from a schools project

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    I've managed to resist trying to stick a camera on mine but if I was rich I would like a fancy one with the trinocular tube and digital camera attachment
    I use a compact digital camera with a 'universal digiscoping adapter' bought some years ago from Jessops. I found the Brunel one very difficult to adjust.

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    Get thee behind me satan
    I'm not buying anything else --- Although I have a compact camera not doing anything .......

    Haven't tried this but the guys on the Queckett Microscopy site seem quite keen, see what you think
    http://www.quekett.org/resources/mak...tion-discs.htm

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    [QUOTE=Neils;15083]Well Santa came this year and bought me Brunel Microscope's primary set for bee disease/dissection:

    Hi Neils

    how did you rate the Brunel Bee Disease scope package
    Would you recommend the set to people new to microscopy
    Were there good setup instructions etc

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