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July 13th 2019 - COMMENT
Many thanks to every author who contributed this month. You are all stars in our eyes!

Our very small prize last month went to Sally Warring in the USA for her inspirational video (Copyright American Natural History Museum) which you can watch now in this month's issue of Micscape Magazine. Well done Sally.
A lot of microscopists post their images and movies of the small scale world on Facebook. A good social group for microscopists is Amateur Microscopy Group.

For members of the Amateur Microscopy Group on Facebook only, you can send us images and thirty second videos (or shorter). The ones we like best will be published here, but the one we like best out of all them, will receive £20.00 - paid via paypal. Send an email and attach one image only (one per month) to: Microscopy-uk monthly photo prize 

For thirty second videos or less, please email us a link so we can see your video. Include similar information requested for a photo above. If we like it enough, we will send you a link to transfer it to us for publication. All entries must be received by the 6th of each month for publishing on the 13th. All pictures and images sent in must be your own original work. We will verify that is true before publishing.

If you live in the United Kingdom, why not become more engaged with your hobby and receive (share) help and advice by joinging a club...

Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society established over one hundred and forty years ago and currently with a membership of over one hundred people. Welcomes new members.

Kernow Microscopical Society holds monthly meetings on Saturday afternoons to explore all aspects of microscopy at Chacewater, in the village hall, Killifreth room. TR4 8PZ.

Northamptonshire Natural History Society hold meetings and events at  at The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD

The Postal Microscopical Society was established in 1873, with its primary aim the circulation of boxes of microscope slides and notes to the members. This is still the aim today when, after fluctuating fortunes over the years, a membership of around 240 contributes to a lively and friendly society. In 1998 the PMS celebrated 125 years of existence.

The Quekett Microscopical Club - Formed in 1865 by John Thomas Quekett, one of the most prestigious of the enthusiast microscopy clubs in the world.

Used Microscopes are a perfect solution when buying a microscope. Microscopes tend to wear well over time!

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Bees are getting a lot of news attention. It is for a good reason as they pollinate our crops and flowers. Their deadly enemy is a parasite called Varroa-tiny mites which attach themselves to bees and suck them dry. Norfolk Honey has great insight into bee-keeping.
 If you keep bees, connect with Norfolk.

NEWS: New Bee Fly discovered

A new species of bee fly in Australia has been named after Game of Thrones villain the Night King. Paramonovius nightking was given its name because it thrives in winter, has a crown of spine-like hairs and turns other insects into "zombies", researchers said. It is about 1cm long (0.3 inches) and can be found during the winter in a small area of Western Australia.Paramonovius nightking was originally discovered in 2012 by a pair of "citizen scientists" in Wandoo National Park. Years later, Xuankun Li, a PhD student at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), confirmed that it was a new species.

Paramonovius nightking is part of a group of flies that look like bees. Scientists believe they have developed this way to avoid being eaten by birds, which know that bees sting.

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Last month we showed a video made by Sally Warring in the USA.
This is the second video she made in a trilogy on Pond Scum. You can check out the first one in this month's Micscape Magazine.


Instagram: @pondlife_pondlife


by Christian Englbrecht
Check out his facebook page, many well-executed images!


Ceriodaphnia dubia is a species of water flea in the class Branchiopoda, living in freshwater lakes, ponds, and marshes in most of the world. They are small, generally less than 1 millimetre (0.039 in) in length. Males are smaller than females. Ceriodaphnia dubia move by using a powerful set of second antennae. Ceriodaphnia dubia is used in toxicity testing of wastewater treatment plant effluent water in the United States.


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published every 13th of the month

Editor: David Walker
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Proper Use Of Locator Markings
by Christian Autotte. USA


All good microscopes have them, but most of the time we don’t bother looking at it. It looks like a pair of rulers on the microscope stage. Technically, they are called “Graduated Locator Markings” and, as the name implies, they can be used to mark the location of specific items on a given slide with X-Y references. For instance, particularly interesting protozoa on a prepared slide could be found again and again if its position was noted as “11x112” in a database. I have a rather large slide collection and such details added to my database could be useful with some specimens.  {more...} PDF

An Odd Little Microscope
by Fritz Schulze. Canada

What attracted my attention to this little microscope was the unusual double objective. The instrument itself is not particularly valuable. The maker's name is embossed on the back part of the hard-rubber stage: F. W. Schieck Nachf. Berlin 0.27 Germany. The manufacturer's details are listed in Brian Bracegirdle's Notes on Modern Microscope Manufacturers, Quekett Microscopical Club 1996.  {more...} PDF

Radio Podcast on Bristol Radio in the UK
(edited by Mol Smith - UK)


We helped arranged for an Amateur Microscopist to go on the Sheperd's Way Radio show on BCfm radio this in June. Well, not quite an amateur, but Alan Potter of Brunel Microscopes as I knew he would inspire others to try microscopy. Me? Nah! I'm too shy and ignorant. Steve kindly gave permission along with BCfm's permission to host an edited podcast of the show here. I have illustrated the sound file to produce a video. A bit of marketing in it, but well meant as offering good starting resources for potential new people who might wish to dive into Amateur Microscopy. So, without further to-do, here it is (around 35 mins long).{more...} HTML

Mrs. Malaprop’s Natural History Favorite: A Lecture–Mrs. M. Malaprop as reported to Richard L. Howey (amateur science scribbler), USA


WARNING: This essay is a bit of pure silliness written in the spirit of foolish optimism that this year should be better for all of us than this last year was; so if you’re not in a mood for something silly, you might want to try reading the Oxford English Dictionary instead which should keep you occupied for at least a year.

Note: For those of you not familiar with Richard Sheridan’s play The Rivals written in 1775 at the age of 23, he introduced the pompous and linguistically pretentious Mrs. Malaprop who became the epitome of one who misused words in egregious ways and generally abused language. Shakespeare had already used such devices and many writers and comics have subsequently employed them, but Mrs. Malaprop remains, as it were, the grand champagne.

Thank you, Professor Harvey, for your considerable introduction. As he mentioned to you, I have recently returned from Southern America having gone on an expedition down the Ornicoco River of which I have just published an account in that wonderful on-line journal MISCRAPE which you can find here and I urge you to contribute to this fine interprise–lots of money and if you have to, an article or two. 

Tonight, however, I wish to bring your attentiveness to some organisms of which I have specimens and are among my most favored preosculations, since many of them are microscopic.     {more...} HTML

Arcella formosa
Hans Rothauscher. Germany.


Here you see the places on earth where Arcella formosa has been found so far now, if this is not a rare appearance! Ferry Siemensma was the first to discover some in the Netherlands in 1982, and for a period the species carried the inofficial name Arcella siemensmai. 2005 Kenneth Nicolls found them near Lake Ontario in Canada, Ralf Meisterfeld near Müritz in Germany and J. Török in Poland. Then in 2017 I was lucky to find some in the Balksee Moor in the Cuxhaven area, Germany.
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Sally Warring Pondscum Video Part 1
by Mol Smith & Sally Warring, UK & USA


Interview With Sally:
How did you become involve with making the video?

I am a protistologist at the American Museum of Natural History. For the last few years I have been running a science communication project called Pondlife, that is mostly Instagram based (@pondlife_pondlife) and documents microorganisms that I find in New York City. Last year I was lucky enough to get some funding to make a three part miniseries about microbes based on Pondlife, and this video is the fist in that series. {more...} HTML

Advice For Microscopists and Natural Historians That Will Be Ignored
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA


Having reached the grand old age of 80, purely by accident, I, nonetheless, feel that I can risk making pronouncements which I am sure will largely be ignored and dismissed as the rantings of a boring old curmudgeon. So onward and upward.

1) Never buy a new microscope. It’s like buying a new automobile which will lose half its value in the 2 minutes it takes you to drive it away from the dealer’s lot. Or if you have lots of money and are foolish, due to genetics, you might buy a Lamborghini for $200,000+ which will go 200 mph. But where would you be able to drive it outside of special tracks or out in the desert salt flats? {more...} HTML

Note: in theUK, we recommend Brunel's Used Microscopes for quality instruments at affordable prices.

Review: iDuOptic’s LabCam iPhone camera adapter
by Tom Harnish, USA


A few words (sic) on my experience with the iDuOptic’s LabCam iPhone camera adapter (www.ilabcam.com) for those that may be interested. I’ve been using the standard 10x version since the end of March and recently started using the Pro 15x version.

To get the obvious “elephant in the room” issue off the table (now there’s a strange image), yes at US$209 the LabCam is expensive (Pro is US$329). But for me the value is in excellent results and even more in reduced frustration—in a professional, not hobby, environment the frustration issue would be even more important in time savings and productivity.  {more...} PDF

Leitz Eyepiece Revolver
by Peter Guidotti, Houston, USA


This short article is just a footnote to Stefano Barone’s excellent Micscape article on the magnification changer  in which he talks about a precursor to this: the eyepiece revolver. Michael Wolfson continued the thread with further description of the very interesting Messter microscope first mentioned by Fritz Schulze, which incorporated a turret with 3 eyepieces. I illustrate here an eyepiece revolver marked E. Leitz Wetzlar, which is... {more...} PDF

From the BBC News Website
Germany and the Netherlands are battling many infestations of oak processionary caterpillars, whose tiny toxic hairs can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritation. The caterpillars - measuring 2-3cm (about one inch) - march in long processions to the treetops at night, and can wreak havoc in oak trees, as they feast on the young leaves. One mature caterpillar has up to 700,000 hairs, which can be spread by the wind.

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Our stunning Micropolitan Museum created by, and curated by Wim van Egmond from The Netherlands

A complete resource for young people who own a microscope and don't really know what to do with it.

Our physical yearbook is one of our ways of preserving the contributions made here. Take a look.

Micscape Magazine Article Library: thousands of articles from previous issues of Micscape Magazine.
Managed by Brunel Microscopes, it offers everything you to practice Enthusiast Microscopy
in the UK. 

The stunning home site of Wim van Egmond. World ackowledged as a major and significant talent and conributor to the study of Microscopical forms
Stunning 3D close-ups of insects and other small critters. No 3D glasses required!
We publish our very own books styled towards amateur microscopists. Our books cater for children, beginners, and experienced enthusiasts.
Nature and flower lovers adore these macro images and flowers. All with a brilliant account of their processes and beauty.

Lots of articles here to get you started photographing or digital 'snapping' what you see down a microscope.

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.


Crystals are beautiful forms to grow and photograph under the microscope. Be stunned by the profound beauty of Brian Johnston's crystal gallery.
Looking at things for the firsttime in your pond? Let Wim help you identify them here.
Let our set of primers introduce you to using a microscopy and the fascinating world it reveals.

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Informed and professional advice for people new to microscopy: different types of illumination, microdscopes & techniques.
Great to get started.


The best way to enjoy microscopy is to join a club. Here they are...

Take a virtual pond dip in our virtual pond and see what lives within.

Bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers (Norfolk Honey)
 by Dennis Kunkel
Fantastic images taken with a scanning Electron Microscope from our friend and contributor to our 3D microscope in Hawaii - Dennis Kunkel.
A 3D microscope where you can load specimen slides online.

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