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December 2017

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About Us







A tribute to a great author
and microscopist,  
on this month of his  80th birthday...



Richard has remained one of the longest contributing authors to Micscape Magazine which we started in November 1995.

His articles about microscopy and related topics are full of wit and humour, as it should be from a man with a bright mind, and a sharp eye on the world around us.

Eighty years on this speck of dust we call earth is a major achievement which we would like to celebrate here this month and say well done Richard. No... no... VERY WELL DONE.

   Our Tribute Starts Here   


 Visit Richard's Personal Page 

One of Richard's very early articles in Micscape, first published in 1998...

Richard shares his passion of creating and looking after a micro-garden.


Identification of Plankton from the web site of The Microbiological Association, Hamburg. A GREAT PAGE TO GET STARTED on studying these living forms.


Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this TED talk to find out.

More about Slime Molds and other Micro-organisms from Richard Howey here...

Tardigrade comes back from thirty years freeze

More information from this web site..

Stunning 3D Pictures
from our
3D Microscope

3D Horsefly Face

Heterotrophic dinoflagellate (Oblea sp.) by Dennis Kunkel

Bed Bug by Dennis Kunkel

People interested in publishing microscopic super images might like to visit Dennis Kunkel's web site here.


This Month: Micscape Magazine

A bumper issue of our online magazine, published monthly, including content from Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program 2016  at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY State, USA. ------ here ------>>


Buying Your First Microscope.
(A concise but definitive guide)

Köhler Illumination

Resolution part 4 - the 100X objective

Reflection of Last November Issue

Projects for the Foldscope: Part I

Lighting filter swatches

Natural History Update 2017


Used, refurbished microscopes offer great value for money with instruments using lenses made often by hand and superior to most microscope lenses used today. This month's bargain...

           Wessex Trinocular

This microscope was one of the Hampshire Micro stalwarts. It is well made and robust and incorporates objectives x4, x10, x40 and x100 (oil immersion)  together with x10 wide field eyepieces. Mechanical stage with drop down controls, coaxial coarse and fine focus controls and a 6v 20 watt brightness controlled lighting system. In excellent condition apart from a few small chips to the body work paint which is to be expected after professional use. Otherwise excellent.

Price £195.00         BUY      



Like other hobbies and interests, clubs and friendly organisations exist where you can become a member of a Microscopy Group and share information with others. Join one of these...

Microbiological Association Of Munich is a society established over a hundred years ago.

The BERLINER MIKROSKOPISCHE GESELLSCHAFT eV is an association of professionals and amateurs from the most diverse professions. They maintain a common hobby - microscopy with regular meetings every two weeks at the Freie Universität Berlin.

The Microbiological Association, Hamburg, also has a very helpful web site and is dvery worth a visit. Many pages are in English.

The Royal Antwerp MicroGraph Society (KAGM) is an association which welcomes new members and is based in Antwerp with regular meetings at The University of Antwerp, Campus Three Oak. Building O, Bioruimte (3rd floor), Fort 6 street, 2610 Wilrijk

United States Of America
The New York Microscopical Society. In over sixty years of the society’s existence they have accumulated a trove of prized possessions. The walls of their meeting building is lined with shelves of books on microscopy and about 30 antique brass microscopes are on permanent display. There is a large collection of microscope slides, specimens and up-to-date microscopes with which to examine them.

Microscopical Society of Southern California, Founded in 1938, the club is devoted to the study and practice of the science and art of microscopy and to the collection and study of related scientific devices.

San Fransico Microscopical Society. The society was developed as a non-profit educational institution devoted to the teaching of microscopy and as a meeting place where members could share their experiences and techniques.

United Kingdom
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.

Leeds Microscopical Society meet twice a month on Thursday evenings.

The British Phycological Society, based in Northern England, is a charity devoted to the study of algae founded in 1952, was one of the first to be established in the world, and is the largest in Europe.

Online Facebook Group
Amateur Microscopy Group sharing pictures and videos and is a lively group.


Rochester Institute Students


The Eupholus genus and their colors
Kristen Hanley

Interesting Facts and Anatomy of Ghost Shrimp

Rhonda Jean Kay

Behind the Machine by Krit Upra

Falling Colors


Our Yearbook can provide a permanent record of many interesting explorations into the small scale world. Material taken from our library and online magazine - Micscape - has been collected together and reformatted, providing a full colour book to delight everyone interested in enthusiast microscopy.
More info?

   Micscape Magazine Yearbook 1

Price: £12.95       BUY      UK

Price: $18.75   
    BUY      USA

Price: $16.91  
    BUY      EURO

Norfolk Honey

Many bee keepers use microscopes to help maintain their bees and to determine what pollen is being collected to make the honey. This is one of the best resources online for bee keepers. Full of useful tutorials and tons of videos showing you how best to manage bees. Visit here...


Brunel Microscopy training courses are fit for professionals and enthusiasts alike, and are almost unique in offering microscopy expertise in the form of bespoke training courses. Training, especially for the hobbist is almost non-existent so Brunel Training is a good place to start if you would like to really learn microscopy quickly and thoroughly.

Microscopy is a science with many options.  They offer tuition in their own centre for private individuals, groups (maximum size 12) or industrial applications in their own premises - the choice is yours.


Some of our favourite facebook Amateur Microscopy Group postings from the last few weeks.
Images are copyright of their owners!
Click on any image to visit the posting).

Diophrys sp. - ciliate- 60x
‎(c) Rafael Martín-Ledo‎

Echinopluteus larva -metamorphosis- 10x
 (c) Rafael Martín-Ledo‎


I'm an old-un. When I grew up in the 1950s, Cheese Mites were quite common, as was chiton - outer shell fragments from insects - often found in flour. These days, you rarely see them, but Angelo Guglielmi in the Amateur Microscopy Facebook group, found some and made a video...


Lizzie is a natural history illustrator who has been producing beautiful and highly detailed commissions for a wide range of clients over the last fifteen years. Although Lizzie works predominantly in watercolour she also works in pencil, pen and ink, coloured pencil, and acrylics. Her images are available under licence for publishers here.


Thinking of buying a present of a  microscope?

Christmas is just 12 days away from our latest update on the 13th. There is still  time to buy a microscope. Check out our definitive guide  on what and how to buy so you get a suitable instrument here.

Thinking of buying a pre-teenager a microscope? They might need a little help. This book by our very own Pippa will help.

Buy in UK Amazon  £14.95
Buy in USA
Buy direct from Createspace (USA).
Buy in Germany
Buy in France
Buy in Italy
Buy in Spain Amazon
Buy in India Amazon

Another present which will delight and inform anyone about to step into the world of microscopy is this one...

           Microsopy As A Hobby

This is our best selling book as it brings Microscopy as a hobby into the 21st century. Yes, there are many older books around - some good, some sadly now outdated, but this one takes the best of the old and joins it with the new.

Price £12.65       info     

Order it right away to get it in time for Christmas!

Grand Illusions for Great and unusual Christmas gifts. We love this place so much thatwe order things regulary for friends and loved ones so we decided to give them a free plug and recommendation here. Quite unusual for us to do that but once you visit their site, you'll understand why too.

Scientific curiousities, toys, puzzles, and novelties to engage the keen intellect of microscopists and their familes.

Bacteria Talk To Each Other

You are about 95% bacteria and the rest of you human. Find out why with Bonnie Bassler's talk on bacteria and their communication. Stunning TED talk.

Review of the Nurugo Microscope for Smart Phones
by Mol Smith

Funded through Kichstarter and raising around $250,000 dollars, how does this microscope for a cell phone really pan out?
 The Nurugo Project was originally launched on kickstarter.com a web site where innovators and entrepreneurs can raise financial support for their ideas and projects. The Nurugo project web site is http://www.nurugo.com/

Since they are currently launching and sending the Nurugo Micro to the people who invested in them, I'm not certain at the time of writing if you can order one, although a pre-order option is available via their web site. They contacted me advising me of the product and I requested one to review. They duly responded. I suspect, and I have requested them to advise, that the retail price will be between $50 to $120.00

I have tested most of the current microscope for smart phone technologies and many independent (non-phone) mobile digital microscopes. I am very skeptical of all claims made by the manufacturers and vendors of microscopes for smart phones because every single one states false claims for their technologies leading the buying public to be potentially disappointed in their expectations. The Nurugo Micro states a claim of up to x400 magnification, which to the informed microscopist is quite frankly rubbish. That said, they are just one of all who consider digital magnification is real magnification when everyone who gets involved with such things knows as I do that real magnification (which maximises resolution) is entirely dependent on the physical lens system employed. ( Full Review Here...)


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