Step-by-step guide on microscope slides preparation and further use
What can be more fun than exploring this diverse colorful microscopic world using your own independently prepared microscope slides! Some people prefer to acquire ready-to-use microscope slides in shops specializing in such things. Of course, that’s easier and will save you a little time. And some of our customers are simply not aware of how to do it and in what sequence. That's why we are about to share with you all required information about this delicate, but truly interesting process of preparing microscope slides at home! After you read this article this task won't cause any difficulties anymore. Moreover, you will be able to observe all those interesting things that can be found around your own house! So let’s begin!
Individually prepared microscope slides – detailed instructions
You will need:
Microscope slide preparation using flat slide glass
1. Make sure that the blank slide, cover slip and dropper that you are going to use are perfectly clean, dry and dust free.
Microscope slide preparation using concavity slide
1. Using the pipette, draw a few drops of the liquid you want to examine.
Tips and warnings
A typical fresh liquid microscope specimen “lives” about 10-30 minutes before it dries out. This time can be extended by up to several days by applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly on all four sides of the cover slip and then covering it in the conventional manner. The next thing to do is to apply light pressure on the edges of the cover slip. This procedure will create something like a sealed container and will prevent the sample from drying out too quickly.
When you’ve learned all you need to know about microscope slides preparation
That’s it! Your individually prepared microscope slides are ready! With a little bit of time and practice, you’ll master these techniques and will be able to explore every object, every liquid you find in your house or outside – usual everyday objects look very unusual under a microscope! You will surely learn many new interesting things about the world around you and, maybe, even reveal some of its secrets. Here you can find additional information on preparing dry and wet microscope slides, as well as on a sample staining technique. And don't forget about ready-to-use prepared microscope slides that you can purchase and observe right away. Good luck!
How to study glass microscope slides
Observing microorganisms under a microscope is a very simple and interesting activity! The procedure is quite simple: The microscope slide should be placed on a microscope stage and then clamped with special spring clips. But viewing slides under a microscope requires careful attention in order to increase the educational effect and minimize the chance of breakage.
The detailed steps:
1. Put your microscope on a flat surface. If your microscope is equipped with an electric illuminator, make sure that you have an outlet nearby.
One piece of advice before you start
Although objective lenses with low magnification never come too close to the slide, it is necessary to visually check the distance between the objective lens and the slide. High-power objectives can be easily lowered below the permissible range. This will damage the specimen or objective lens. It’s crucial to develop good habits while working with the instrument to prevent accidental damage of delicate optical elements.