Exercise 1.8 - Use of Darkfield Illumination

LEVEL II

Materials

Procedure

  1. Make a simple wet mount of the Amoeba by placing a drop of the culture on a slide and placing a cover slip on the slide.

  2. Observe and measure the Amoeba using normal bright field optics.

  3. Place a dark field stop 15 in the filter holder below the microscope's substage condenser and and continue to monitor the movements of the amoeba.

  4. Note the differences in observable structure possible with dark field microscopy when compared to bright field. Draw and label the amoeba viewed in both ways.

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Drawing of ameoba (bright and dard field microscope views).

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Cell Biology Laboratory Manual
Dr. William H. Heidcamp, Biology Department, Gustavus Adolphus College,
St. Peter, MN 56082 -- cellab@gac.edu