An illuminated LED, 10x with 'atomic glow' effect. David Walker has some fun with the new QX5 toy microscope and its software, the upgrade to the popular QX3.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 110: December 2004.
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Favorite microscopes: the Jena Ng - René van Wezel (UK) presents an illustrated and detailed look at this versatile microscope which dates from the 1960's.

Pyxicola the 'box dweller' - Chitchai Chantangsi (Thailand) shares an illustrated article on this attractive sessile protozoan which can be commonly found in freshwater habitats.

Hidden life in tidepools - Wim van Egmond (the Netherlands) describes and illustrates a selection of the attractive fauna that can be found in tidepools.

Drawing life of the seashore - Michel Salaün (France) shares a selection of his strikingly beautiful monochrome drawings of seashore life and describes how he creates them.

Converting a LOMO monocular microscope to a binocular- Chuck Huck (USA) shows that a Swift binocular head obtained very cheaply on eBay fits to and works well with the popular LOMO microscope. He also shows that a good value Digitrex digicam handheld to the eyepiece can give effective images.

Low power 'Köhler microscope' - Walter Dioni (Mexico) presents an ingenious method of low power microscopy on a compound microscope with a built-in lamp, by putting the subject in the plane of the focussed field stop of the lamp.

A close-up view of the 'beautiful invader' purple loosestrife - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing how common wild flowers can reveal many attractive features on both the macro and microscopic scale.

Zeiss Axiostar universal digital camera adapter - Ian Walker (UK) assesses the performance of this comparatively affordable relay adapter when used with the Canon G6 digicam; the adapter also suits other digicams such as the earlier Canon G3/4/5 and Sony S70/75/85 models.

A drop of water - a delightful short story by Hans Christian Andersen translated from the Danish by René van Wezel (UK).

Carl Zeiss Axiostar image gallery using the 5x CP-Achromat - Ian Walker (UK) uses combinations of Rheinberg / oblique / crossed polar lighting and image stitching in this gallery of attractive images.

Off axis COL illumination - Paul James (UK) describes how to achieve this 'distinctive' form of illumination illustrated with images of soil amoebae.

Fun with the Digital Blue QX5™ digital microscope - the new model significantly upgrades the very popular QX3; David Walker (UK) takes a look at it, both as a toy, and its potential as a cheap digital imaging route for the enthusiast.


In Focus: A gallery of striking images showing the winners and honorable mentions of the 'Olympus Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition' 2004 is at
(Thanks to Gregor Overney for pointing out the link.)

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Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
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Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
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Modern Microscopy
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Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
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