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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 178: August 2010.
Next update September 13th.



Image left by Charles Suslavage of the diatom Stictodiscus; manipulated with a paintbrush bristle to show valve and girdle view to aid identification.

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Issue 178 - August 2010 : Articles this month

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Neophyte upending diatoms - Charles Suslavage (USA) successfully manipulates the orientation of diatoms on a slide with very simple equipment to aid identification.

Vorticella vs Rhabdostyla - Dan Holloway (USA) illustrates how these two protists can be distinguished.

The hunt for Leptodora - Howard Webb (USA) describes his studies of this attractive large waterflea and how it can be photographed.

Replacing tungsten incandescent lamps - Michael Stubbs-Race (Australia) shares a neat design of replacement LED lamp using the old tungsten lamp base as a support to ensure correct alignment with lamp optics.

Ernst Leitz (Wetzlar) Ortholux black enamel microscope - Ian Walker (UK) shares his experiences of using an example of this classic microscope.

The Novitiate’s Odyssey Episode Five - Part 1: The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation - Joseph Wilhelm (USA) continues his projects to build up a Zeiss GFL compound and Spencer stereo microscope; includes experiences of buying new objectives.

A close-up view of purple St John's Wort - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this flower.

James Doke Macphail, 1860-1931 - Brian Stevenson (USA) solves the mystery of the slide maker whose 'JDM' label is sometimes wrongly attributed to J D Möller.

An anniversary gallery - Richard Howey's (USA) wife Adrianne shares a selection of her favourite photomicrographs taken by Richard to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. (Editor's note: Congratulations!)

A close-up view of a yellow pincushion protea - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Notes on using the Sigma SD14 DSLR with Foveon X3 sensor on a microscope - David Walker (UK) describes his experiences to date of using this camera; the Foveon sensor can record full colour detail at all pixel locations unlike the Bayer sensor.

'Zenith' UK branded Russian microscopes of the 1970s - 1990s. Notes on the range compiled from the data sheets of Technical and Optical Equipment Ltd (London), UK - compiled by David Walker (UK), includes downloadable data sheets for the range.


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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.

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

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.


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
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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