Through the microscope


I live in Bristol, UK with a collection of vintage microscopes including Cooke Troughton and Simms, Vickers and Baker. The pride of my collection is a Nikon S L-Ke with an interference phase attachment.

I spend a great deal of my time attempting to restore old microscopes and using them to take pictures of microscopic creatures. I also try to fix, embed and cut thin sections of specimens on a microtome. The microscope blog records these endeavours and unlike many professional science blogs I record my failures as well as my successes!

Below are some photographs of my pride and joy, the Nikon S L-Ke, taken by my dear friend Richard McMellon. More of Richard’s artwork can be found here:


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  1. What fun! If you’re into vintage things, maybe you can leave “three things” for me to include in the little serial story I write for my blog. Three random things — but it’s a 1920’s story,

    Enjoyed your blog.


  2. My pleasure! I look forward to reading it.


  3. […] are from a “science nerd turned quilter who lives near Bristol UK” – known to bloggers as Spockssister.  For the sake of this blog’s header (which is not at all cooperative with me) the things are […]


  4. Nice to meet you, looking forward to reading your posts


  5. Congratulations! I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award.
    Here are the Liebster Blog Award (entirely optional) rules:
    1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog (that’s me).
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