September 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 16)
Strong Points: Diverse resources for amateur microscopists, free monthly magazine
Weak Points: Limited to light microscopy
Here is a website that taps into the inner microscopist that resides within each of us—for who isn’t fascinated by the beautiful structures and organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye? MicrobeHunter.com is the online home for the magazine of the same name, as well as a corresponding blog. The monthly magazine (available for free via PDF download) includes its fair share of beautiful microscopy images, information about microscopes, and do-it-yourself articles such as how to build a Lego microscope. Beyond the magazine, the website includes tutorial videos and a “beginner’s guide to microscopy.” The site includes an image gallery (because, let’s be honest, no microscopy website is complete without one) as well as a community forum and a sizeable list of microscopy-related links.