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MAIN PRODUCT LIST -  last updated on November 2017

Diatom Lab is born to show the beauty, importance and power of microscopic nature to amaterus and scientists during an era of many superficial values. Diatom Shop's products require much accuracy, precision and time during (and before) their realization: although Diatom Lab works with the latest techniques, mountants and research microscopes, it doesn't differ much from a Nineteenth-century scientific laboratory company, so your purchase will help to keep this ancient craft still alive today!

Diatom Shop offers TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS and TOP QUALITY SERVICE, to sum up:

1) Diatom Shop's microscope slides are made to LAST IN TIME and are produced using the PROFESSIONAL, MODERN, UNPUBLISHED, LATEST & UNIQUE DIATOM LAB'S TECHNIQUES AND FORMULAS!

2) Diatom Shop's Diatoms and Radiolarians can be observed and admired EVEN WITH A MODEST MICROSCOPE (contrast enhancement techniques such as phase contrast, darkfield illumination and differential interference contrast are not necessary!) thanks to Diatom Lab's high refractive index mountants used to mount them!

3) Diatom Lab always uses HIGH REFRACTIVE INDEX MOUNTANTS, such as Diatom³ (Diatom Cubed) that has a refractive index greater than 1.7. All mountants are MICROFILTERED and have an EXCELLENT CHEMICAL STABILITY!

4) Diatom Lab's self-produced mountants and fixatives are really INVISIBLE even in phase contrast, darkfield illumination and differential interference contrast (DIC)! Please notice the test below performed by Purdue University Fort Wayne's scanning electron microscope (SEM) on Diatom Shop's microscope slides that contain Diatoms fixed by Diatom Lab's special fixative (without mountant and cover glass to permit SEM investigations)!



5) In order to give you the BEST CONDITIONS FOR RESOLUTION AND CONTRAST, Diatom frustules are attached / fixed to the UNDERSIDE of the COVER GLASS (and not classically on the microscope slide), although this procedure requires special manufacturing precautions! Furthermore, mounting to the underside of the cover glass permits to easily use oil immersion objectives too (even those with very short free working distance: 63x/1,4 or 100x/1,4) as there is no space between diatoms and cover glass!

6) Diatom Lab's special techniques and mountant ensure that diatoms and radiolarians WILL NEVER CHANGE THEIR ORIGINAL POSITION (for example, during shipping or storage): in a few words you will never see "floating" diatoms and radiolarians!


7) The customized cover glasses (coverslips) with HIGH OPTICAL QUALITY have been manufactured in Germany specifically for Diatom Lab. They have the following characteristics: highly transparent and achromatic (free of any color distortion); high optical omogeneity (pratically free of inclusions, bubbles, streaks, etc.); high spectral transmission; good planarity; very good chemical stability; refraction index adjusted for microscopes!

8) Diatom Shop's microscope slides are prepared taking into account the coverslip thickness suitable for each preparation!

9) Diatom Shop's ringing cements are resistant to the  most common immersion oils  used in optical microscopy!

10) Diatom Shop offers PERFECTLY CLEANED Diatoms, Radiolarians and other microscopic objects that are micro-manipulated paying attention to their perfect positioning. All the recent and fossil Diatoms and Radiolarians are cleaned the internal laboratory (using long, professional and dangerous techniques that require personal protective equipment)!

11) Diatom Shop always offers many RARE and UNUSUAL species!

12) Before payment you will always receive an email with attached the photographs and photomicrographs of the products you've ordered: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET!

13) Diatom Lab (Diatom Shop) works with honesty, accuracy and transparency: you'll always receive a paper INVOICE (if you are a business company) or a paper TAX RECEIPT (if you are a private customer) with every purchase!

14) All parcels are FULLY TRACKED, so that you can check the progress of your items through to delivery. Diatom Lab (Diatom Shop) safely ships WORLDWIDE using microscope mailer cases, bubble wrap and paddled packages: customers of Diatom Lab (Diatom Shop) live in USA, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa!

15) Payments are possible using PayPal (no PayPal account needed, just a credit card!) or bank transfer!

16) Diatom Shop sells its special products online (by email order) or more rarely through the business eBay page http://www.ebay.com/usr/diatomshop (the eBay account name is diatomshop and starting prices are often symbolic as most bids happen in the final minutes or seconds of each auction!).  Please read the 100% POSITIVE eBay FEEDBACKS at the following link: eBay feedbacks
The company receives a lot of emails and letters of appreciation by direct customers too!

The following prices are FINAL, what you read is what you pay to Diatom Shop / Diatom Lab (for shipping costs visit the "How to order" page)




DIATOMS - Microscope slides:

In order to give you the BEST CONDITIONS FOR RESOLUTION AND CONTRAST, Diatom frustules are attached / fixed to the UNDERSIDE of the COVER GLASS (and not classically on the microscope slide), although this procedure requires special manufacturing precautions! Furthermore, mounting to the underside of the cover glass permits to easily use oil immersion objectives too (even those with very short free working distance: 63x/1,4 or 100x/1,4) as there is no space between diatoms and cover glass!


Each arranged microscope slide is really Unique: you'll find several new species within each arrangement !!!

10 Selected mixed marine fossil diatoms from Oamaru (NZ), with species list printed on the label, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 39,90 euros

10 Selected mixed marine fossil diatoms from Mors Island (Denmark), with species list printed on the label, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 39,90 euros

10 Selected mixed marine fossil diatoms from Saint-Laurent-la-Vernède (France), with species list printed on the label, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 39,90 euros

10 Selected mixed freshwater diatoms, with species list printed on the label, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 39,90 euros

16 Selected mixed diatoms, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 39,90 euros

16 Selected marine fossil diatoms from Oamaru (NZ), arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 49,90 euros

25 Selected mixed diatoms, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 76,90 euros

50 Selected mixed diatoms, arranged in lines (without duplicates), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant, see example below (Diatomarium: the Cabinet of Diatoms): price 199 euros  

10 Selected mixed diatoms for Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), fixed on microscope slide without cover glass and mountant: 39,90 euros (for other quantities or  specific species please ask). Please notice the test above performed by Purdue University Fort Wayne's scanning electron microscope (SEM) on Diatom Shop's microscope slides that contain Diatoms fixed by Diatom Lab's special fixative (without mountant and cover glass to permit SEM investigations)!




About 50/60 selected mixed diatoms, arranged in circle, mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant, see example below: price 229 euros




Set of 6 teaching microscope slides with 8 selected and micromanipulated (recent/fossil, marine/freshwater) diatoms apiece for universities, schools and museums (mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant), 48 species overall (without duplicates), arranged in lines: price 199 euros

Arabesque, the amazing diatom arrangement (version A), copied exactly from the original, with 85 selected Diatoms mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant. This arranged diatom slide has been exhibited at Scienza & Natura Expo, 25-26 March 2017 (Novegro, Italy). See photomicrograph below (darkfield illumination). Price: ask for a free quote




Diatoms with scientific names mounted both in VALVE VIEW and GIRDLE VIEW (in the same microscope slide), in this way you can fully appreciate all diatom structures! For example:
Tetracyclus celatom Okuno (rare!) in valve view and girdle view, price 35 euros
Stephanogonia danica Grunow (rare!) in valve view and girdle view, price 35 euros

Anomoeoneis polygramma (Ehrenberg) Cleve 1895 in valve view and girdle view, price 35 euros
Epithemia turgida (Ehrenberg) Kützing 1844, price 35 euros




Set of 6 strewn microscope slides with 6 different diatom locations from Oamaru (Allan's farm, Flume Gully, Bain's Farm, Mavor's Farm, Jackson Paddock, Totara), mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant: price 59 euros  

MICROSCOPE SLIDES WITH classic or inedited TEST DIATOMS:

Diatom Resolution Test Plate, version 2.0, for dry and oil immersion objectives, with diatoms attached / fixed to the underside of the cover glass in order to ensure maximum resolution and contrast! Price 69 euros


 


Test microscope slide with 4 micro-manipulated Navicula oblonga (from Diatom Lab's sample) with diatoms attached / fixed to the underside of the cover glass in order to ensure maximum resolution and contrast! In Diatom Cubed mountant. The average distance between pores (lineolae) is 0,14 µm - see SEM images below (please download the Instruction Manual in English by this link). Price 29 euros



Very difficult Test microscope slide with one micro-manipulated Pinnularia nobilis, attached / fixed to the underside of the cover glass in order to ensure maximum resolution and contrast!  POROIDS (dots) ARE SPACED 0.17 µm APART!  Price 29 euros



Test microscope slide with one micro-manipulated Surirella striatula (frustule has a strong torsion along the apical axis), attached / fixed to the underside of the cover glass in order to ensure maximum resolution and contrast! In Diatom Cubed mountant. The average distance between pores (lineolae) is 0,15 µm. Price 29 euros

Strew microscope slide of diatoms from a specific locality /sample mounted in StyraPlus mountant: price 12 euros each: as for Diatom Shop's strewn microscope slides, frustules are mounted on coverslip and are uniformly distributed; moreover you will never find unpleasant edges caused by fast distilled water evaporation.

Very rare diatom Surirella spiralis Kützing, single micromanipulated specimen (mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant), microscope slide. This species is a very sensitive bioindicator of water quality: 99 euros  

Single micromanipulated Species (mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant), microscope slide: please ask for a quote and for current availability. Just for example: Actinoptychus maculatus Grove & G.Sturt; Actinoptychus marmoreus Brun; Actinoptychus splendens (Shadbolt) Ralfs; Actinoptychus stella var. thumii A.W.F.Schmidt; Actinoptychus senarius (Ehrenberg) Ehrenberg; Actinoptychus undulatus  (Kützing) Ralfs in Pritchard; Arachnoidiscus deficiens (Grove) N.E.Brown; Aulacodiscus janischii Grove & Sturt; Aulacodiscus reticulatus Pantocsek; Auliscus oamaruensis Grove & Sturt; Auliscus sculptus (W. Smith) Brightwell; Biddulphia pulchella Gray; Biddulphia tuomeyi (J.W. Bailey) Roper; Coscinodiscus asteromphalus Ehrenberg; Cymatopleura solea (Brébisson) W.Smith; Hemiaulus lyriformis Greville; Hyalodiscus radiatus (O'Meara) Grunow VAR. Arctica Grunow; Kittonia elaborata (Grove & Sturt) Grove & Sturt; Lyrella praetexta (Ehrenberg) D.G. Mann; Melosira clavigera Grunow in Van Heurck; Pinnularia viridis (Nitzsch) Ehrenberg; Paralia sulcata (ehrenberg) P.T. Cleve VAR. biseriata Grunow; Trinacria excavata Heiberg; Rhaphoneis amphiceros (Ehrenberg) Ehrenberg; Solium exsculptum Heiberg; Stephanogonia danica Grunow; Stictodiscus californicus Greville; Surirella biseriata Brébisson; Surirella utahensis (Grunow) Hanna & Grant; Tetracyclus celatom Okuno; Triceratium broeckii Leuduger-Fortmorel; Triceratium castellatum var. castellatum West; Triceratium castellatum var. fracta Grunow in Schmidt et al.; Triceratium heibergii Grunow; Triceratium favus Ehrenberg; Triceratium favus var. maxima Grunow; Triceratium favus var. quadratum Grunow; Triceratium morlandii Gr. & St. var. morlandii Grove, E. & Sturt, G.; Triceratium pulvinar Schmidt; Trigonium crenulatum (Grove & Sturt) Hustedt; Trigonium tabellarium (Brightwell) Mann ... AND MANY MANY MORE: DIATOM LAB HAS THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT MARINE-FRESHWATER-RECENT-FOSSIL SPECIES IN THE LABORATORY!!!



RADIOLARIANS - Microscope slides:




10 selected Radiolarians from Barbados, Bath Cliff, (*) rare locality, (without duplicates), arranged in lines (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 36 euros

14 selected Radiolarians from Barbados, Bath Cliff, (*) rare locality, (without duplicates), arranged in lines (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 45 euros

( * Described in the publication: Saunders, J.B., Bernoulli, D., Mueller-Merz, E., Oberhänsli, H., Perch-Nielsen, K., Riedel, W.R., Sanfilippo, A., and Torrini, R., Jr., 1984. Stratigraphy of the late middle Eocene to early Oligocene in the Bath Cliff section, Barbados, West Indies. Micropaleontology, 30:390−425)

25 selected Radiolarians from Barbados (without duplicates), arranged in lines (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 99 euros

NEW! Victorian style star with selected and arranged Radiolarians from Barbados (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 79 euros, see example below





Radiolarians from Barbados arranged in a perfect circle (with a diameter of about 0,62 millimetres or 620 micrometres), mounted in StyraPlus mountant: price 249 euros

Strewn slide with Radiolarians from Bath Cliff, (*) rare locality in Barbados  (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 19 euros

Strewn slide with Radiolarians from  Springfield, rare locality in Barbados, much appreciated in the Nineteenth century (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 19 euros.
Radiolarians (Polycystine) from Springfield were cited and described in several antique books, for example: 1) Bury, Edward, Mrs; Cooke, M.C., Polycystins, figures of remarkable forms &c. in the Barbados chalk deposit (chiefly collected by Dr. Davy, and noticed in a lecture delivered to the Agricultural Society of Barbados, in July, 1846),London, W. Wheldon, 1869; 2) Association for Advancement of Science, Report of the Seventeenth Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Oxford in June 1847, London, John Murray, 1848


Strewn slide with Radiolarians from West Indies - sample collected by Cap. Perry, 1890 (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 19 euros  


SILICOFLAGELLATES - Microscope slides:

6 selected mixed Silicoflagellates, arranged in a line or in circle (mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant): price 36 euros




FORAMINIFERA - Microscope slides:


60 selected Foraminifera (Baculogypsina sphaerulata, Calcarina splenferi) from Okinawa (Japan), dry mounted, arranged in lines: price 70 euros


OTHER MICROSCOPE OBJECTS - Microscope slides:

Strewn slide with sclerites of Gorgonian sea fan, Victorian sample collected in West Indies (mounted in StyraPlus mountant): price 19 euros

PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS:

Multicolored Artistic rings in Victorian style (composed of black, white, red, blue cements): add 7 euros to the product price and please specify the colors you prefer




POSTERS WITH HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOMICROGRAPHS OF MICROSCOPIC OBJECTS:

New! The first Diatom Shop's High Resolution Poster with Diatoms in Dark Field illumination (with scientific names and general characteristics). Printed on Luster photographic paper (slight sheen, not glossy): the image below is very poor in resolution of course, while the original TIFF file is 350 dpi with 7500x6000 pixels and many more details! (Seven focus-stacked photomicrographs taken with Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 research microscope equipped with Zeiss Dark Field condenser, Zeiss Plan-Apochromat 40x/1,0 Oil Iris ∞/0,17 objective and Canon full-frame DSLR. The golden color has been achieved by considerably lowering the illumination intensity of the halogen light)

Formats and prices:
11,81" X 7,87" (30 cm X 20 cm): 15 euros
15,74" X 11,81" (40 cm X 30 cm): 23 euros
27,55" X 19,68" (70 cm X 50 cm): 59 euros
39,37" X 27,55" (100 cm X 70 cm): 119 euros




You can also order several Diatoms, Radiolarians or Foraminifera arranged in letters, numbers and so on (ask for a free quote)!






 
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