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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 174: April 2010.
Next update May. 13th.

Image left: detail of the attractive wild flower the creeping speedwell. Resized image, from the original by Brian Johnston.

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A close-up view of creeping speedwell - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this wild plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Neophyte finds Miocene diatoms - Charles Suslavage (USA) explores and illustrates the species found in a deposit at Newport Beach, California.

"Extreme annular illumination" - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) shares notes on some historical aspects of this lighting technique often used in combination with polarised light.

A view into a Wild M20 binocular head: a discussion about its design and some delamination effects - Jerome Wenger (France) explores the construction of the head from this popular stand.

Introducing the halogen bulb to old lamphouses. An even cheaper route to replacing traditional light sources in the older microscope - Paul James (UK) describes simple ways of adapting tungsten lit stands to the more modern quartz halogen bulb.

An overview of human cells for light microscopists - Mol Smith (UK) continues his multi-part series on the value of 3D modelling in microscopy education by describing and illustrating typical human cell types.

'Practical Digital Photomicrography. Photography Through the Microscope for the Life Sciences' by Brian Matsumoto - Spike Walker (UK) shares a review of this new and attractively presented book.

Compatibility of microscope components - Robert Pavlis (USA) discusses examples of some components of stands that can be shared.

A DIY tilting stage - that anyone can make - Ian MacGregor (Canada) shares a neat and effective design using readily available materials.

John William David Hume (1851 – 1912). Pharmacist and mounter - Peter Paisley (Australia) presents an illustrated essay on aspects of the life and work of this slide mounter.

Nitzschia singalensis v. N. firthii. What's in a diatom's name? - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) explains the potential complexities of assigning species names to diatoms—prompted by queries raised in an article in the January issue. He also remarks on the fine structure query raised for this species.

Use of the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 for photomicrography. History of a near-failure or a semi-success - Walter Dioni (Mexico) completes his three part series on using this popular webcam. In part 3 he assesses its performance using different lighting techniques and for video work.

Walter White, microscopist (1841-c. 1910) - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this slide maker.

A micro April Fool's month - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun essay on suitable microscopical themed tricks to play.

A close-up view of the paper white narcissus - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive flowering plant.

Forays into fluorescence - 4. Notes on the autofluorescence of old mounts of snail radulae - David Walker (UK) follows up an aspect of last month's article on exploring these structures.


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Royal Microscopical Society International Micrograph Competition 2010 - please see the Press Release from the RMS for details. With thanks to Rob Flavin of Cooper Repco Ltd., for the information.

Exhibition: '300 Years of History Under the Microscope' - Press Release from the Royal College of Surgeons, London

"Curious: The Craft of Microscopy is the new exhibition at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 16 February to Saturday 3 July, 2010 will showcase the photography of innovative artist, Susanna Edwards."

Using nine different microscopes dating back to the 18th century, Ms Edwards has photographed a collection of Victorian slides to create a stunning series of natural images. Each photograph, taken as the eye would see through a microscope, documents how developments in microscopy have changed the way we see the world.

The exhibition will include large-scale photographic prints alongside the historic instruments used to capture them, the oldest of which is a 1730s Culpeper microscope. The slides contain a range of natural materials gathered for their aesthetic, scientific and educational qualities. The exhibition provides an opportunity to view objects that are rarely or never seen by the public.".......

........."The exhibition will be supported by a programme of lectures, tours and hands-on workshops that explore the role of microscopes in medicine over the last three centuries. " ......

......"The Hunterian Museum’s accompanying events programme, The Lens of Life has been supported by the Royal Society as part of their 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010. "


Part press release, click here for full copy with more details of the 'Exhibition themes' and 'Key exhibits' list.
With thanks to Heather Casey of the RCS for the information.


UK meeting notice: With thanks to Mike Smith who writes:

The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society.
This will be at Morley near Leeds as usual.Sat 5th June 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm. Cost by advance booking £5. On the day £7. Theme - Zeiss microscopes. Refreshments and sandwiches available. Raffle - 1st prize a signed photomicrograph by Spike Walker.

Interested parties to contact me. Email:  mikesmith_ls176h AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November2008)
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby' P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy' P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo ' ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites
Beyond Magazine science, microscopy for youngsters
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (Hosted by Savona Books).
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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
A Cabinet of Curiosities attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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