/ Socs (Pro/Am)
life ID kit
to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.
Italian speaking enthusiasts
French speaking enthusiasts
German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Microscopical Society's online forum (follow
Kunkel's SEM images
Couger's microscopy links
for Amateur Scientists
polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.
on Micscape and
microscopic techniques for amateurs. Mounting microscopic subjects. Part
3b - Mixed mounting media - In part B of this four part article, Walter
Dioni (Mexico) assesses PVA-lactic acid and PVA-glycerol based mountants
that can be safely prepared and used by the amateur.
imaging with homebuilt instruments - Ted Clarke (USA) shares his ingenious
and elegant designs for metallurgy studies; illustrated with examples comparing
epi objectives with standard objectives.
gallery #1 - crystals - Richard Howey (USA) shares a stunning selection
of images that can be obtained with chemicals available in the home when
viewed between crossed polarisation filters.
of the human spinal cord - Gregor Overney (USA) presents a fascinating
exploration of what can be seen and learnt of the spinal chord structure
when studying prepared slides with different staining protocols.
contrast illumination of crystals - 'Crossed polars' is probably the
first choice of illumination chosen for crystals, but in this article,
Brian Johnston (Canada) shows that under phase contrast certain crystals
and slides can give some superb results.
gallery: Diatoms from my slide collection. Part 2 - Ian Walker (UK)
shares a second selection of attractive images from prepared slides he
has acquired. Images are taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500.
the light goes out - Paul James (UK) shares some simple but functional
designs for temporary or permanent light sources/mounts when a specialist
microscope bulb fails, using the Wild M20 stand as an example. He shows
that simple torch bulbs can be quite sufficient for much visual work.
gallery: Spring time colours in England - Ian Walker (UK) shares a
selection of macro images taken on a Nikon Coolpix 4500 which reflect springtime
in the north of England where he lives.
old slides II - Dave Walker (UK) shares a second selection of old slides
he has enjoyed viewing. He tries the popular software program CombineZ
to image some difficult to photograph thick specimens.
|Enthusiasts' web sites in
Peter Wolff has an informative
illustrated article on his experiences of flatbed scanner macroscopy
on his web site www.photographical.net.
The site includes plenty of tips and other examples of the author's excellent
David Young, a regular contributor
to Micscape, is building up his own
web site with a special emphasis on his interest in amateur myrmecology
Editor's note: Micscape would
be pleased to hear of readers' own web sites which have microscopy / macroscopy
content of interest to the enthusiast.
authors: If any reader has problems contacting authors using
the site's new e-mail script, please check the E-mail
are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts.
If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is
what you make it! Have a chat with us,
to see how we can help share your interests.
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- special notices - misc.
meeting announcements (UK):
A combined Spring Meeting of
microscopists of the PMS and QMC will be held at the Village Hall (opposite
the Parish Church) Langton Matravers Near Swanage Dorset on Saturday the
10th of May from 10 am until 4 pm. The meeting is open to all and several
local naturalists also attend including children. Lunch can be enjoyed
at a choice of several establishments in the village.
Previous meetings may be viewed
on the QMC
Exhibitors are charged £3.50
which includes tea, bookable asap from Derek Stevens at email@example.com.
Casual visitors are admitted free of charge. Questions to: Brian Darnton.
(Editor's note: Information kindly
supplied by Brian Darnton)
Rowntree meeting held by the Leeds Microscopical Society
will take place on Sat. 7th June 2003 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. The venue
is the same as for the last few years. Interested persons should send a
sae to Mike Smith below or contact him by e-mail. His postal address is
10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6SH.
(Editor's note: Information kindly
supplied by Mike Smith.)
Database on CD-ROM. Klaus Kemp, well known for his superb prepared
microscope slides of diatoms and butterfly scales, has completed after
four years work an impressive and very extensive diatom database. Visit
his web site www.diatoms.co.uk
(follow the 'New' logo) to learn more about this very significant new resource
for diatom identification.
OS' software for the Intel Play QX3® computer microscope.
The popular QX3 digital microscope can be used on the Mac using the third
party software 'MiXscope 1.2' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit
his home page
to learn more and download the free software.
of portable microscopes' on CD-ROM compiled
by Mike Dingley is now available from the
here for details and how to order. Mike has
a special interest in portable microscopes and has created this CD as a