9 MICROSCOPY – Sampling

9) MICROSCOPY – Collecting a Sample <BACK | NEXT> Sample collection is simply the “scraping” of slime off of the body, fin or gill of the fish you’re assessing. You need a glob of mucus that’s big enough to see, but not so big you can’t see THROUGH it. Start to Finish, Set up, Practice … Read more

8 MICROSCOPY – Practice Slides

8) MICROSCOPY – Practice Slides <BACK | NEXT> Practice slides are EXTREMELY important because “light contrast microscopy” isn’t what you’d call EASY –  it’s even harder if you’ve never done it before. So when you have stained, crisp practice slides to play with, you can refine and hone your scope-adjustment-skills and get good at figuring … Read more

7 MICROSCOPY – Adjustments

7) MICROSCOPY – Adjustments <BACK | NEXT> There are several adjustments, rules to follow. Use the LOWEST LIGHT and the LOWEST POWER at first. To accomplish the lowest light, you will want to do the following in order: Find the SMALLEST opening in the disc diaphragm. That was shown on the last page, but will … Read more

6 MICROSCOPY – Lighting

6) MICROSCOPY – Lighting <BACK | NEXT> The Celestron has TWO light sources. If you were making images of the veins in a bug’s wings, the overstage light source shining down on the bug (Argulus?), would be a boon. For our purposes it’s useless, or even hampering. Do not use the above-stage light source for … Read more

5 MICROSCOPY – The Stage

5) MICROSCOPY – The Stage <BACK | NEXT> The Celestron stage features a mechanical rack that moves the sample around. That’s almost NEVER found in a microscope at this price point. Let alone an LCD screen.   The Mechanical Stage required MINOR adjustments. You would need a simple “glasses screwdriver” to do these adjustments.


4) MICROSCOPY – Celestron Screen <BACK | NEXT> The screen is powered by the scope. The USB port on the left side of the screen is ONLY for transferring images onto the screen of your laptop, or to the HDD in said laptop. If you don’t have a card in the SD slot, you get … Read more


3) MICROSCOPY – Optics <BACK | NEXT> The optics are located on the “turret” or “spinny thing” under the screen or ‘ocular’ depending on your scope.  

2 MICROSCOPY – Unboxing

2) Unboxing the Celestron < BACK | NEXT > The Corona Virus is bumming me out. Not happy. You can tell. They aren’t going to leave the price at $167 for what you get. The case is very good, PLEASE SAVE YOUR FOAM CUBES. The scope has a metal body and it’s very respectable in … Read more

1 MICROSCOPY – Tutorial

1) Microscopy Tutorial | NEXT>   Tutorial Contents Unboxing the Scope The Optics (Magnifiers)  The Screen on the Scope The Stage & Its Adjustment All About Lighting and Adjustment Adjusting the Lighting and Focus Using Practice Slides to Focus  Sample Collection (Several Methods) Skin Biopsy Gill Biopsy One Gill Biopsy Two Intestinal Snip for Worms … Read more