Exploring the miniature world
Image left: A collage of foraminifera photographed by Brian Darnton. A rotatable mounted needle can be useful for manipulating these type of subjects for visual and photographic studies.
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The revival of the mounted needle - Brian Darnton (UK) describes a homemade design 'for the 360º rotation of objects such as radiolaria, foraminifera and crystals for the microscopic examination of macro objects, with a view to digital photography'.
Viewing Giardia protozoa better through 3D modelling - Mol Smith (UK) continues his multi-part series on the value of 3D modelling in microscopy education by describing and illustrating this protozoa which is a parasite of humans.
A study of the common squid Loligo vulgaris - David Christmass (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this fascinating creature's lifestyle and structure.
Searching for the best petrographic microscope: The Olympus BH2 BHSP - Greg McHone (Canada) describes and illustrates his project to build up a high performance model.
Photographs of Cristatella mucedo statoblasts - Michiel van der Waaij (Netherlands) illustrates the resting stages of this beautiful bryozoan and demonstrates the importance of studying live specimens using different lighting techniques. He finds an important feature not described in most modern textbooks.
A close-up view of the wild flower field bindweed - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates that a modest weed can have interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.
DIY Wild M20 / Zeiss lamp fitments - Paul James (UK) offers 'some practical ideas concerning more economical illumination replacement sources'.
Wheeler's 'other' paper - Howard Lynk (USA) describes a 'detective story' by comparing slide papers and writing styles to determine whether unnamed slides were made by this famous microscope slide maker.
A dental problem?- Hugo Mitchell-Tapping (USA) describes and illustrates the value of studying the teeth of a dead dolphin under polarised light to learn about its life and death. (Links to article in Acrobat® pdf format.)
Topical tip: Adapting a table lamp to an LED based external microscope lamp - Les May (UK) shows how the cheap multi LED mains bulbs can make effective external microscope lamps.
Use of the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 for photomicrography. History of a near-failure or a semi-success - Walter Dioni (Mexico) begins a three part series on using this popular webcam. In part 1 he describes the reasons for his buying decision and methods of using on a microscope with or without the built in lens using suitable homemade or commercial adapters.
Topical tips: Image amalgamation - Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes a sometimes overlooked feature in many camera's bundled software or editing software, which allows quick and effective 'clean-up' of a microscopy subject by combining with an inverted background image.
James W. Neville, Microscopist (1840 – 1900) - Brian Stevenson (USA) and Howard Lynk (USA) share an illustrated essay on this slide maker who made very distinctive decorated mounts.
Microscopic seduction - Richard Howey (USA) presents suitable microscopic subjects to share to encourage people to take up microscopy as a hobby.
A close-up view of the Japanese toad lily - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive flowering plant.
renovating a Zeiss III RS epi-fluorescence
head and adapting use of a spare port for
David Walker (UK)
describes the exploratory repair of a
'cooked' example and finds it a design
suitable to work on. If only used with
safe, suitable lamps, a spare port can be adapted for axial epi brightfield
studies. Includes small epi photo
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