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Your Microscope Hobby: How To Make Multi-colored Filters: Rheinberg, Polarizing, Darkfield and Oblique Paperback – April 7, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Cons: There are 144 photos in this book. Unfortunately every single photo in the book is presented in black-and-white. Shouldn't a book about creating beautiful "multi-colored" filters be printed in color? It does seem like good color photos would be very helpful to hobbyists new to microscopy.
The internet hosts many articles on Rheinberg Illumination and filters, and it hosts a few which contain cursory instruction on how to make them, but as is so often the case, cursory instruction leads to nothing but frustration and poor results. Fortunately, there is one definitive resource for those wishing to learn the art of constructing Rheinberg filters: Mike Shaw's book How To Make Rheinberg Filters. Mr. Shaw's book thoroughly describes and illustrates every aspect of making Rheinberg and some other filters used in microscopy. Filter construction aside, the book contains valuable information as to where tools and supplies may be procured, how common household tools can be re-purposed for filter making, and even how to market and sell filters as a business. Although he describes many sources for supplies, Mr. Shaw also maintains an Amazon.com store for those readers wishing to purchase some of the tools and materials mentioned in the book.
How To Make Rheinberg Filters is written in a personable, easy-to-read style. The author avoids becoming bogged down in optical theory, and avoids using overly technical terminology. To his credit, and of great benefit to the reader, Mr. Shaw emphasizes the simple and practical. As a result, his book is suitable for use by both student and adult readers. Professionals and hobbyists alike will find great value in the book's contents.
Besides Rheinberg filters, there is a thorough discussion of Darkfield Illumination, filters and their construction. Some expensive professional microscopes contain built-in Darkfield Illumination, but most do not. Simple to construct using Mr. Shaw's techniques, one can quickly make a Darkfield filter which would cost ten times the book's price if purchased from a microscope manufacturer. For those unfamiliar, Darkfield Illumination produces images which reveal details not visible using a microscope's standard (Brightfield) Illumination. A related experimental filtering technique described as DIY Filtering is covered here as well. This section alone is well worth many times the price of the book.
There is some bonus material included in How To Make Rheinberg Filters. Although not relating to Rheinberg, the author has included a chapter on how to make an inexpensive microscope camera mount, and how to build a simple but effective plant press for preserving plant specimens collected from the field.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding, making, and or using Rheinberg filters or the other microscope filters discussed in How To Make Rheinberg Filters.
The book is not a theoretical analysis on microscope illumination strategies. Rather is is a guide book that encourages the microscopist to play with his microscope, enabling him to generate colorful images from specimens that are normally colorless. The book has color illustrations.
A quick note on reading the book. You do not need a Kindle. All you need is a smart phone or a computer or a tablet that can run the Kindle Reading Apps (the two I downloaded for my iPhone and Mac computer were free). So don't be put off from buying this book if you don't own a Kindle.
I recommend this book. It is an easy and fast read and provides numerous helpful suggestions and insights on working with a microscope.
The information is well presented with an attitude of sharing and a nice tone and style. I appreciate that, increasingly rare as it is. I was only half joking when I thought, "I'd really rather pay my likely $150 microscope price for the book, and the book price for the microscope." When I get my microscope set up I'll get on with making the filters. I don't live in the U.S. and have found what I need without fuss. A little adventure in itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well written book.