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Other Microscopy sites

The web sites listed below contain some spectacular images which capture different organisms, chemicals, and everyday objects using a variety of microscopic techniques.

Many of the sites below are specifically designed for students and teachers and there's even one way you can directly ask a microscopist your question!  There are also some links to microscope manufacturer's web sites, which can often be an invaluable source of educational material.  Some even contain tutorials with excellent diagrams, images and descriptions of how to set up microscopes and even some lesson plans.  They are listed in no particular order.

Have fun learning about the amazing microscopic world!

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  • Quekett Microscopical Club
    The second oldest Microscopical society in the world (formed in 1865) - junior only to the Royal Microscopical Society and their journal is a citable scientific publication. The Club has members worldwide.
  • CELLS alive!
    A fascinating collection of still and moving microscopic images, animations, and diagrams. Many have explanations and links to more information. An excellent teaching resource.
  • Dennis Kunkel Microscopy
    Using a light microscope or an electron microscope, Kunkel captures insects, chemicals, plants, and everyday objects in dazzling detail and deftly colour-enhances each image. Major excitation awaits your "rods and cones"! (Click "image use" for allowed educational use of images.)
  • Microscopy and Imaging Resources on the WWW
    "An internationally recognized web resource. This collection of web pages provides an extensive list of on-line microscopy-related resources that are educational and informational, while keeping the inexperienced user in mind." Also linked from this page is a series of tutorials and other educational material.
  • MicroScape
    is a project which is designed to allow individuals to experience the flavour of microscopic examination of the world using their computer as a "Virtual Microscope". Be sure to check the file size before you begin downloads over a slow Internet connection. This site also features "Ask a Microscopist".
  • Microscopy UK
    A visual feast of 2-D and 3-D microscopic images, fractals, and movies. Be sure to visit their online magazine, Micscape which contains articles about bacteria from Antarctica to Kombucha to tooth cracks... all with stunning images!
  • Microscopy Primer
    A freely accessible, comprehensive primer in microscopy designed to be used on the web or downloaded to your computer. Hosted by Micscape, the monthly magazine of Microscopy-UK .
  • Micropolitan Museum of microscopic art forms
    Curator Wim van Egmond has collected the finest microscopic masterpieces nature has ever produced during eons of natural selection and other life-sculpting mechanisms.
  • Molecular Expressions: Images from the Microscope
    Check out the Photo Gallery for images ranging from amino acids to DNA to dyes and more. Their interactive Microscopy Primer: Virtual Microscopy section has a number of interactive tutorials on Scanning Electron Microscopy, Translational Microscopy, Magnifying Microscopy and more. (Florida State University)
  • Microscopes and Microscopy for K-12
    A rich collection of web resources tailored to K-12 teachers and students interested in bringing the microworld into the classroom incuding microscope activities and introductions to microscopes and microscopy for elementary or secondary education. Additional microscope resources are included in the Guide to Microscopy Resources.
  • The Protist Image Data
    A collection of microscopic images of algae and protozoa amassed by Charles J. O'Kelly and Tim Littlejohn. Links to additional sources of information about protists are also available on this site.
  • WWW Virtual Library: Microscopy
    This page of the WWW-Virtual Library covers all aspects of light microscopy, electron microscopy and other forms of microscopy.
  • Virtual Microscope
    From the University of Delaware, this interactive Web program allows you to learn some basics of microscope use before entering a lab. You can view one of four slides, change the magnification, adjust the focus and light. A seven-minute web-based movie introduces the program.
  • The Visible Embryo
    The Visible Embryo is an on-line tutorial teaching the first four weeks of human development.
  • Images of the Nanoworld
    High magnification images of our world as seen through electron microscopes. Included are images of insects, parasites, inorganic materials, a variety of microbes, and more. (University of Queensland)
  • http://www.microscopyu.com/ This is Nikon’s microscopy web site (a light microscope manufacturer) and is a great source of microscopy educational material including fantastic tutorials and image galleries.
  • http://www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/index.html Exploring the Nanoworld: A Website from the University of Wisconsin, this is an excellent resource for teachers and students of all ages.
  • http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/electronmicroscope/  takes you to The Virtual Electron Microscope on discoveryschool.com and demonstrates how microscopes have contributed to our knowledge of life science, and provide a better understanding of the basic differences between plant and animal cells. Go to the link http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/micro.html for suggested lesson plans on the microscopic world for grades 6-12.
  • http://www.msa.microscopy.org/Ask-A-Microscopist/Ask-A-Microscopist.html Have a specific question about microscopy? Use the Microscopy Society of America's Ask a Microscopist tool!
  • http://www.fei.com/Resources/StudentLearning/tabid/91/Default.aspx All You Wanted to Know About Electron Microscopy....But Didn't Dare To Ask! This is part of FEI’s web site, a manufacturer selling electron microscopes. Learn about the core concepts and capabilities of electron microscopy that allow users to see 2D and 3D atomic and sub-atomic images.  There is also an image gallery where you can view an array of insect images rendered with FEI’s electron microscopy tools.
  • http://www.mse.iastate.edu/microscopy/home.html takes you to an exceptional site on the Scanning Electron Microscope from Iowa State University which includes SEM overviews and tutorials. It is listed in the BBC education Web guide.
  • http://www.lbl.gov/MicroWorlds/ allows you to visit MicroWorlds, an interactive tour of current research in the materials sciences at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.
  • http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/nano/ The London Science Museum has a fantastic exhibit on Nanotechnology entitled: Small Science, Big Deal.
  • http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventions/a/microscope.htm this site covers the history of the microscope and its development.
  • http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/e03/03.htm this site has a wealth of information on all types of microscopes and how they work and some fantastic images of cells and cell organelles that can be seen using an electron microscope.