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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 102: April 2004.
Next update May 13th.


Image of Daphnia pulex taken by Howard Webb using a Canon A70 digital camera mounted on
a Bausch & Lomb microscope (darkfield illumination).


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A close-up view of the wildflower 'Rose moss' (Portulaca pilosa) - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores this attractive flower on the macroscopic and microscopic scale.

Canon A70 microscope adapter - Howard Webb (USA) describes a neat home made adapter for this popular digicam and illustrates its suitability for photomicroscopy.

J Swift & Son Ltd model P polarizing microscope. Notes on its restoration and a personal review - Ian Walker (UK) describes and illustrates an example of this classic microscope. He also shows the neat LED illuminator which he has made for it.

Geometry and Pattern in Nature 1: Exploring the shapes of diatom frustules with Johan Gielis' Superformula - Christina Brodie (UK) shares some of her excellent drawings of diatoms and reflects on one mathematical approach to imitate Nature's forms such as diatoms.

A cheap and precise slicer for studying botany - Walter Dioni (Mexico) presents an improved design of the double razor blade slicer for botanical section cutting and discusses and illustrates its use.

Technical tips on the use of the precise double razor blades slicer - A supplementary article to the above where Walter Dioni (Mexico) discusses the mode of action and merits of slicers based on this design, section post processing and illumination methods.

Mid 20th century Baker - Paul James (UK) shares his enthusiasm for 'an example of an underrated instrument that still has plenty of life and some old fashioned virtues'. 

Notes on the macroscopy of insect mounts using near infrared illumination - David Walker (UK) assesses a cheap near-IR LED illuminator used with a B/W video camera for revealing detail in dense large mounts of insects.

Micscape Subscribers' resources: Making microscopy videos part I. - Maurice Smith (UK) discusses the technical considerations, hardware and a range of software suitable for capturing microscopy videos and transferring to a PC.

In focus: Ever wondered how much a single bacterium such as E. coli weighs? Wonder no longer, it's 665 femtograms (femto = 10-15). Learn about how scientists at Cornell University achieved this in a BBC News web site article 'Scientists weigh tiny bacterium'.

We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. 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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    Information on the Reading Microscopical Society (UK) and the 2003/2004 programme can be
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    The well known Frank Rowntree Meeting hosted by the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. June 5th 2004. The meeting includes a lecture by Dr. Peter Evennett on Abbe's diffraction experiments. E-mail
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External links. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

External Microscopy forums:
Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.

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'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo' for Italian speaking enthusiasts

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Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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