These days a microscopist can easily find a wealth of information about microscopes on the internet. The major microscope makers offer their own web-based information sites and there are several good ones noted below.
There are many areas of microscopy instruction that can only be acquired from direct experience with your own specimen using your own microscope, lighting or camera system. We can offer you the expertise and our own 50-year experience in microscopy to help you get started with your system. We fully realize that many microscopists will "inherit" older equipment or optical systems that have been modified, adapted or "hybridized" prior to their arrival in a lab. The Bunton archives may be helpful in your familiarization with such equipment.
Please drop us an e-mail if you have a microscope that is new or just new to you. Many times we can fill in the blanks that are not in the owner's manual. In some cases we can provide both background information as well as the manual itself. Microscopes older than five years should most likely be cleaned and lubricated by an expert mechanic ... read further on this matter. Send us a photo of your microscope and try to find the make and model ... if it is made by E. Leitz (Germany) or Wild (Switzerland) we can probably help with a manual. If you need support on how to connect a modern electronic camera, we can help with the camera couplers and explanations about field of view, resolution and PC connectivity.
Bunton is networked with many other US manufacturers, vendors and resellers. We can help you locate critical items, replacement bulbs and even special adapters to keep older microscopes functional and newer microscopes on the leading edge. We look forward to being of service!
We have an extensive archive of owner manuals for Leitz microscopes made from post WWII. Ortholux, Dialux, Orthoplan etc. The fine Swiss-made microscope manuals from Wild Heerbrugg are also avail able from about 1960 to 1990...M5, M8, M420 etc. Photocopies of the manuals plus a selection of application literature is made available for a nominal cost of $50.00 per set. Minimum charge order is $100.00 and all prepaid orders under $100.00 should include $5.00 shipping charge for USA mailings.
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.
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