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Exploring the miniature world
 Issue 78: April 2002.
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Image above taken by James Evarts: Paramecium aurelia using phase contrast and electronic flash.
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About microscopes, measurements and meters - Walter Dioni (Mexico) presents a valuable overview of measuring techniques for the microscope, both summarising established approaches as well as suggesting a versatile method of his own.

A Leitz 'Edinger Apparatus' ca. 1910 - Bruce Allen (USA) recently found an example of this impressive photomicrography system in a damp warehouse. He describes early progress on restoration to its former glory. Advice on further restoration prior to 11x14 inch plate photography using carbon arc lighting would be welcomed.

Easy to make contrast enhancement filters for the microscope - Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands) shows how easy it is make filters for dark-field, oblique and Rheinberg illumination, with stunning examples.

Microscopy on a shoestring II: a homemade microscope adaptor for the Olympus C-960 digicam - David Bull (UK) shares further ingenious approaches to building up a versatile digital photomicrography system when on a budget.

Image gallery: Paramecia portfolio - James Evarts (USA) has compiled a super portfolio of paramecium images taken with black and white film and flash lighting.

Some of my favorite things - Richard Howey (USA) presents a delightful essay on many of the marvels of nature that have appealed to him at the macroscopic and microscopic level.

The north-south divide - Paul James (UK) takes a light hearted but fascinating look at the macroscopic flora on his north-facing house roof contrasted with the lack of flora on the southerly aspect.

Image gallery: The desmid genus Micrasterias - Bill Ells (UK) shows a selection of species from this attractive group of algae.

Amazing membranes - Rosemarie Arbur (USA) presents a valuable annotated diagram of a typical cell to appreciate the various membranes.

Topical tips 9: The versatile eyepiece reticle - Reticles are useful slide subjects for checking various aspects of a microscope set-up, and are often a free bonus when buying secondhand eyepieces. By Dave Walker (UK).

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