Virtual Microscopes

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The Bugscope project from the University of Illinois provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. Students propose experiments, explore insect specimens at high-magnification, and discuss what they see with our scientists — all from a regular web browser…  learn more

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Exploratorium Imaging Station

The Microscope Imaging Station at the Exploratorium provides a unique opportunity to explore the microscopic world. They have posted an on-line image gallery of everything from blood cells to plankton to zebrafish.  learn more

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Microscopedia features an annotated guide to best online information about microscopes and microscopy, including a buyers guide. Learn about the different types of microscopes, their development, and applications. They also report news on advancements in microscope instrumentation and the discoveries made using microscopy.  learn more

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Virtual Compound Microscope

The University of Delaware has created this realistic simulation to show how a laboratory grade microscope is used. Use the Getting Started tour and remember to turn on the light!  learn more