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Erichalfbee 

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I was interested in the pollen analysis more so I hope I receive it.
I've put a request in for next year's samples.. I would like to take more samples.
I've collected 6 samples this season but only sent of one.

I wish I could get them tested some other way?
Learn to do it yourself.
I did a microscopy workshop at a National honey show. Great fun.
You can’t always identify everything as lots of pollens are similar but you can get an idea.
 
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You can get a nice microscope for a hundred quid. Ask Father Christmas
What would be a good one to get?
I've got alot of my Xmas presents already on order queen's, nucs.
And more equipment when there's some more sales.
It can go on the bees Xmas list.
 

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Apex are a good entry level. The Practitioner
They will give you 400X quite adequately
 

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See what you can borrow from your BKA before you commit. If they've got two, they've probably got one each of dissecting and compound. (The kids will probably be more interested in the dissecting one - lower magnification, used for seeing bits of insects, etc.)
Also see if they have a small centrifuge. You can collect pollen at the hive entrance and analyse with a normal compound microscope but if you want to see the pollen in your honey, you'll need to pre-prepare and centrifuge it.
 

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And if you’re looking for a good book about this, I really like this one:

 

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An excellent book for beginners about setting up and using a microscope is 'Understanding and Using the Light Microscope' by Thomas & Woolnough.

It covers step-by-step basics for absolute beginners but is comprehensive enough for the more advanced stuff.

You can view a free copy online here
but I'd recommend buying the paper copy so you can have it next to your microscope as you go along.
 
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See what you can borrow from your BKA before you commit. If they've got two, they've probably got one each of dissecting and compound. (The kids will probably be more interested in the dissecting one - lower magnification, used for seeing bits of insects, etc.)
Also see if they have a small centrifuge. You can collect pollen at the hive entrance and analyse with a normal compound microscope but if you want to see the pollen in your honey, you'll need to pre-prepare and centrifuge it.
Thanks @Little_bees very useful information again.
Im sure I'm able to go to the association apiary and use the microscopes.
I'll find out from the treasurer.
@GuyNir thanks for the link also :)
 

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There’s a CD that goes with the book - used it to help identify the pollen in my honey. Here’s pollen from my honey at home - heather, thistle, rosebay willow herb, and balsam. Beautiful to see under the microscope
 

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