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.
INTELIGENT SLIME MOLDS?
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.
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...
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
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.
Belgium 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.
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.
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 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.
Worldwide Online Facebook Group Amateur Microscopy Group sharing pictures and videos and is a lively group.
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.
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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.
FACEBOOK AMATEUR MICROSCOPY GROUP
Some of our favourite facebook Amateur Microscopy Group postings from the last few weeks.
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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.
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.
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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