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Mar 13th 2019

his month's Micscape Magazine is now online.

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Micscape has received wonderful support this month with many articles sent in for publishing by generous enthusiasts willing to give their time to share their knowledge here with others. Well done all contributors.

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


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Richard Suter, 1864 - 1959
by Brian Stevenson last updated February, 2019

Micscape Editor's note: Mirrored with permission on the Microscopy-UK site from Brian Stevenson's website microscopist.net with the kind permission of the authors.

Initially a school teacher, Richard Suter began a microscope slide-making and selling business around 1887. It probably became a full-time occupation during the early 1890s. He prepared a wide range of subjects, all of very good quality. His slides with pink labels are frequently encountered, typeset with his name and address, and the specimen description written in in his distinctive hand (Figures 1 and 2). Other colored papers may occasionally be encountered. The Suter family moved from 5 Highweek Road to 10 Highweek during the summer of 1893, so slides labeled with the earlier address are relatively scarce.

Other labels are occasionally seen, printed with only Suter’s name (Figure 3). The dates of their use are not conclusively known.   [more...]

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Things to do with a Junk microscope…
by Christian Autotte

A quick search on the internet to find some use of an old broken microscope turned up a few boring suggestions: door stop or book ends, or dust gathering memento sitting idly on a shelf. Not my style…

For I am a tinkerer, a gadget-man, forever looking through the junk pile for some useful tidbit. I view old broken microscopes as potential gold mines for odd parts that could be used for a lot of different things.

Here are a few examples:The first and most obvious is to get some spare parts to fix, or even built, other microscopes. For instance, one of my recent acquisitions was a Zeiss Standard base. A search on EBay got me a spare lens turret and a trinocular head. On the other hand, an original Zeiss lamp also found on Ebay did not quite fit, not to mention that it was a little weak for my taste. So the tinkerer in me came to the rescue and I fixed a new and more powerful lamp under the base. It’s a thin LED light that gives off 520 lumens and practically no heat. As for the original lamp, I did keep it; you never know when it may come in handy…   [more...]

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Near infrared gallery: South Pennine landscapes in the north of England.
by David Walker, UK

I've always had a fascination with imagery outside of the visible spectrum whether near UV / near IR microscopy or conventional near IR photography. In May 2010 I converted my aging, near valueless Sony S75 consumer digicam for NIR work and was pleasantly surprised that all functions still worked a treat when reassembled, see my earlier Micscape article. This is an image gallery of very familiar features on my walks in near infrared light. One of the appeals of NIR photography is that literally do rediscover oft familiar scenes in a new light and also learn to visualise what scenes are best suited for that lighting.

This gallery are of the South Pennines scenery not far from my home. The Pennines are hills that form the backbone of northern England. My brother Ian has shared a gallery of attractive landscapes taken in the area in conventional lighting. [more...]

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Photomicrography with a vintage Bausch and Lomb microscope.
by Ed Neuzil (USA)

A few years back I acquired a vintage Bausch & Lomb microscope from eBay. It was in fair condition, so I restored it including repainting the limb and base. It is a B&L Dynoptic monocular. From a catalog I found online I determined it is model CPR-9. This was the student/amateur microscopist model. It has an Abbe condenser in a sleeve mount, plain stage, and quadruple nosepiece. It appears to date from the early to mid 1950s. It was notable for having much of the body made from aluminum, a ball-bearing nosepiece, linear ball bearings on the fine-focus, and the low position fine-focus knobs.

The mirror bracket was missing so I improvised one, as well as the posts for the stage clips. The objectives are 5x (Edmund Scientific), 10x (B&L), 20x (Edmund), and 43x (B&L). I also have a 97x B&L oil-immersion objective and a 4x Swift. All are JIS standard achromats using a tube length of 160mm.   

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The Lust For Fine Microscopes
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA

Lust, as you already know, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins! Having recognized that I am already guilty of the other six, I figured that one more wouldn’t matter in the cosmic scheme of things.

1) Pride: I take pride in having lived to be 80 and in having, over the years, lured a few students into learning how to think critically and a few others into exploring microscopy.

2) Greed: I was never particularly greedy until, in the last couple of decades, I began hearing about billionaires. This is indeed deadly, for imagine being able to afford almost anything one wants except world peace, love, genuine friendship, respect, loyalty, trust and a few other trivia of this sort. I suppose some misguided soul might consider philanthropy. Imagine you are worth 7 billion dollars. Estimates are that the present human population is also about 7 billion which means you could give $1 dollar to each person on the planet, leaving you with one dollar for yourself. Somehow, I don’t see that happening so, welcome to the IGC (the International Greed Club). [more...]

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Advanced photomicrography: construction of a 3D Diatom model saved as an image or movie
(by Stefano Barone, Diatom Lab)

Microscopic photography (or photomicrography) often has to deal with depth of field: for example if you want to capture a diatom - especially at medium or high magnification - you will realize that the single shot will hardly allow you to focus all the details of the frustule as the latter develops on different focal planes.

Few know that in the thirties of the last century (and therefore when solely analogue photography) this problem was already addressed and solved by P. Lefébure ( Bulletin de la Societe Française de Microscopie , Vol. 1, 1932), who elaborated the Méthode des poses successives (technique with successive poses), which consisted of executing several shots on different focal planes, while maintaining the same photographic plate! A successful example of thistechnique appears on page 15 of the Panorama du Micro-monde, Technique Moderne de la Microphotographie by Louis-Jacques Laporte (Paris, 1949), where we find a beautiful photomicrograph of radiolaria in black and white with all the fine details. [

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LEDs and Color
by Bill Resch, USA

I was quite proud when I converted my AO travel microscope to LED illumination, but recently when I wanted to take a picture of a colorful object, I experienced a disappointment. I was always wondering about the color spectrum of LEDs. I have one of those cheap spectroscopes. I compared the LEDs spectrum with other illuminators and was kind of satisfied with the colors  present, although the red was very narrow, but present. Visually, the blue color effect is not too bad, but on any of my cameras, even the iPhone, the colors are disappointing. Below pictures show the difference between halogen and LED illumination. All pictures taken with an iPhone.   [more...]

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Serendipity - an old Microtome
by Fritz Schulz, Vineland, ON, Canada

In 1971, while browsing through an antique shop in a mall, I stumbled across an old instrument hidden under a shelf in a corner: It was a Jung sliding microtome in bits and pieces, but apparently complete. For one reason or another I did not pursue the matter, but as the company I worked for did represent Jung in Canada, I wrote to the company and asked if they might be interested in acquiring this instrument for their museum/collection. They replied that they had just recently obtained a large number of instruments from the University of Heidelberg and, no, they had such a model already.

Another year had passed when this microtome somehow rose in my memory again. I wondered if it was still lying in the dusty plastic bags in that antique shop. I went there, and - surprise, surprise - I could not believe my luck

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Botanic Microscopes
by Les May, UK

The years 1760 to 1840 bracket the heyday of the Botanic or Aquatic Microscope. Their basic layout of a stand with an adjustable mirror near the base, an optical system at the top and a stage between the two remains the standard configuration of microscopes today. Focusing was provided either by moving the lens support up and down a vertical tube topped or lined with cork1... [more...]  

A Lab In A Coal Bin
by Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA

I wrote this piece for the Manchester Microscopical and Natural History Society and its original title was "A Naturalist's Lab In A Coal Bin". It was published as supplement to the Society's Newsletter "Micro Miscellanea" Issue no. 47, August 2000.

When I was fourteen years old, my parents converted the furnace in our house from coal to gas and I desperately wanted the coal bin for a laboratory. I begged, I pleaded and finally, mostly to silence me I think, I was granted permission on several conditions: 1) I had to clean out all the coal dust... [more...]  

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