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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 98: December 2003.
Next update January 13th.


Image above shows detail of a diatom with oblique illumination taken by Bill Resch using a simple digicam set-up.



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Collecting freshwater plankton by towing a net using a radio-controlled boat - Robert Hilton (USA) describes ingenious ideas for remotely collecting plankton samples from larger water bodies.

Image gallery: Sterrasters - interesting sponge microfossils - Hugh Grenfell (New Zealand) presents SEM photos of an intriguing microfossil, and describes how after initial uncertainty in its identification he has been able to identify it.

Image gallery: Pictures made with a Kodak DX3700 held by hand to the eyepiece - Bill Resch (USA) presents a simple and effective design for a camera adaptor for this digicam with examples of images taken.

Report: British Phycological Society Field Course in Freshwater Algae (Kindrogan, Scotland, August 2003) - Christina Brodie (UK) shares her experiences of and enthusiasm for this course and is illustrated with examples of her stunning algal drawings.

The Leica CME microscope, a personal review - Ian Walker (UK) shares his experiences of this microscope and also how a small consumer digicam, the Canon Ixus 400, performs on it for photomicrography cf previous experiences with the Nikon Coolpix 4500.

A close-up view of the wildflower "New England aster" - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares a selection of images showing the attractive macroscopic and microscopic features of this wild flower.

Microscopes, filters, diaphragms and stops - A follow-up article to Walter Dioni's (Mexico) article last month, giving an overview of the technical aspects and merits of various lighting techniques.

Marine snails and Pteropods - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) describes and illustrates some intriguing microscopic features of these organisms; includes animations and video clip.

Volvox, one of the seven wonders of the micro-world - Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands) describes and illustrates with excellent images why this would be his candidate for one of the 'seven wonders'.

An imaging problem with digital cameras - Paul James (UK) demonstrates that a Minolta F300 suffers from the 'ring artefacts' some other cameras have exhibited for certain photomicroscopy set-ups.

Colour displays around the home in close-up - the various colour screens found on consumer electronics can make interesting subjects for macroscopy and low power microscopy. By Dave Walker (UK).

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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.

Yahoo groups:
'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo' for Italian speaking enthusiasts
'microscopies' for French speaking enthusiasts

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Royal Microscopical Society's online forum
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Other sites
Beyond Magazine science, microscopy for youngsters
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine 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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