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May 13th 2019


This month's comment.
Not much of a spring so far here in the UK. Let us hope that summer is better and brings lots of sunny days to encourage us all to get out and about more. It also seems insects are disappearing, all of them, not just the bees. I'm afraid it's us humans, crop-spraying, and toxic waste to blame. It's not only sad, but dangerous because without a lively insect population, the very fabric of our lives is threatened with gradual extinction too.

Here is what is in this month's edition of Micscape Magazine.


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Past Microscopists
 
Slide makers of the past. A wonderful resource for people interested in the history of microscopy.


IN THIS MONTH'S MICSCAPE MAGAZINE
published every 13th of the month

Editor: David Walker

Microcrystals and how to grow them, update
by Loes Modderman, The Netherlands

Many years back I wrote a short article on how to grow microcrystals and view them through the microscope by polarized light. Those were the not-yet-digital days. Luckily we now all have digital means to view, photograph and film. My own equipment is an Olympus BH2 fitted with pol-filters and mounted with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. I also make use of a computer monitor connected to the camera, allowing for adjusting the scope while staying in my chair. This is my working place... {more...} PDF

Polarisation revisited
by Christian Autotte

There are all kinds of specialized microscopes. Some are made specifically for mineralogy; others are to look at gems. There are inverted microscopes and right side up microscopes. Phase contrast microscopes and Differential Interference Contrast, or DIC for short, can be added to the list. Amateurs can’t have them all, so we have to make do. One can buy kit lenses and condensers to convert a standard microscope to do phase contrast microscopy. Another easy conversion is to add polarization, but it can present some problems. The principle is simple enough: you first place a polarizer on top {more...} PDF

Longevity
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA

In Nikos Kazantzakis’s brilliant Zorba the Greek there is a scene in which Zorba declaims: “A man like me should live for a thousand years!” I am very sympathetic to his view but, unfortunately, in practical terms there are a number of factors that diminish the desirability of lasting so many years. First of all, one would have to build up a hell of bank account for retirement. I retired at 65, so I would need to make provision for my next 935 years. Then there is the issue of health. Unless one remains reasonably healthy so that one can be active and vigorously enjoy life, what would be the point of all of those extra years? {more...} HTML

Unfinished Investigations
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA

One of the problem about having a fecund mind–I love that word, fecund, fecund, fecund, it sounds dirty, but it simply means “fertile-- is I have always concocted more projects than I could ever deal with; some get started, some are still in an embryonic state. I’m talking literally hundreds of projects here–FECUND! Another word I love which was a favorite of W.C. Fields is kumquat. It’s a deliciously eccentric word–kumquat, kumquat, kumquat. Well, enough of that for now. My first series of projects developed when I was a teenager and they centered on protozoa and incidentally some algae... {more...} HTML


What Makes a Technically Good Micrograph?
by Tom Harnish

I posted a couple of images of prepared slides online and asked for feedback because as a rank amateur I didn't know what constituted a good micrograph. As a photographer, I know what makes a pleasing photograph but my interest was technical not artistic. Since I didn't get any feedback, I went searching for guidelines or standards and found nothing—perhaps because of where and how I was looking, admittedly. What I found was a lot of discussion about the relatively new field of Whole Slide Imaging (WSI), but surprisingly all I found was some standards for slide preparation not slide imaging... {more...} PDF

What Makes an Artistically Good Micrograph?
by Tom Harnish

I wrote a long diatribe about the technical side of micrography and the issues surrounding image manipulation. But a lot of amateur and professional microscopists are interested in the artistic side of micrography, too. So here’s another long diatribe with info from a study that offers a quantitative look at what makes a great image. {more...} PDF

'Interactive' postage stamps - those that require user intervention to reveal their design secrets.

by David Walker

Some of the thematic stamps that I enjoy collecting have examples of what I would loosely call 'interactive' stamps i.e. where some form of user intervention is required to reveal aspects of their designs. The gallery below shows examples of these types of stamps. {more...} HTML

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Stunning 3D close-ups of insects and other small critters. No 3D glasses required!
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Nature and flower lovers adore these macro images and flowers. All with a brilliant account of their processes and beauty.
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Lots of articles here to get you started photographing or digital 'snapping' what you see down a microscope.

THE SMALLEST PAGE ON THE WEB
Introduction to the microscopic organisms like bacteria, and others you can find in a freshwater pond. Comprehensive guide! Great for anyone starting out at looking at pond life.

 
THE WORLD
OF CRYSTALS

Crystals are beautiful forms to grow and photograph under the microscope. Be stunned by the profound beauty of Brian Johnston's crystal gallery.
POND LIFE IDENTIFICATION KIT
Looking at things for the firsttime in your pond? Let Wim help you identify them here.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROSCOPY
Let our set of primers introduce you to using a microscopy and the fascinating world it reveals. It doesn't matter if you are very young, just young, or an adult. If you are starting out, this is for you.
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Bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers (Norfolk Honey)
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IMAGES 
 by Dennis Kunkel
Fantastic images taken with a scanning Electron Microscope from our friend and contributor to our 3D microscope in Hawaii - Dennis Kunkel.
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