MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 261 : December 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue January 13th 2018.

Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Organised by course instructor Ted Kinsman.

    The site webmasters Maurice Smith and David Walker wish our readers and contributors a very happy Christmas and New Year.
    Thank you for your support this past year.

Above. A fixed mag 20X dissecting microscope. A simple but useful instrument for all ages. Image Mol Smith / Brunel Microscopes.

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Buying Your First Microscope. (A concise but definitive guide) - Mol Smith (UK) presents an illustrated summary using extracts from his book; a topic especially appropriate at this time of year.
Köhler Illumination - Gregor Overney (USA) shares a valuable summary of this form of lighting and how it differs from Critical.
Resolution part 4 - the 100X objective - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) completes his series illustrating the difference between resolving detail in a subject and the ability to observe a subject below the resolution limit of the objective in size, using Streptococcus bacteria as an example. PDF
Natural History Update 2017 - Richard Howey (USA) takes a sideways look at developments this past year.

Answering the Question in the Reflection of Last November Issue: 'Twenty-two years of Micscape magazine (a personal reflection). (The end of Micscape?)' - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) respond's to Mol Smith's article last month.

Projects for the Foldscope: Part I. Understanding single lens microscopy – lens magnification and how to measure - David Walker (UK) describes a simple project with this microscope.

Micscape Topical Tip. Lighting filter swatches - David Walker (UK) illustrates an example of the useful swatches of coloured filters that are available.

December 10th 2017. Happy 80th birthday to Richard Howey. Regular readers of Micscape will be familiar with the splendid variety of articles which Richard has shared over many years. My colleague Mol Smith and I offer our very best wishes on his birthday and a very sincere thanks for offering so much to the enthusiast microscopy community worldwide.

I've had the pleasure of liaising with Richard over the years helping him to share his wonderful breadth of articles. We've never met but his character shines through his articles and emails and regard it as a great privilege to know him as a friend.

Mol has compiled a webpage celebrating the wealth of Richard's work with a short biography. If any reader would like to thank Richard for his contributions and/or offer birthday wishes, he can be contacted here. David Walker, Micscape Editor.

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External links. Updated June 2016. 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.
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 November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. Wide 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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .
Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen
Microbe hunter a free monthly microscopy enthusiast magazine edited by Oliver Kim
Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.

Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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