MICSCAPE
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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 87: January 2003.
Next update February 13th.

Image above by Jean-Marie Cavanihac: It shows the protozoan Thuricola. 

 
 
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Microscopy adventures in a public park - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) shares a delightful illustrated article on the pleasures of pond dipping when unplanned sampling opportunities arise.

Image gallery: Botanical drawing II - Christina Brodie (UK), presents some of her stunning coloured macro drawings showing flowers from members of the daisy family.

Safe microscopic techniques for amateurs. I: Mounting microscopic subjects - Part 2: Soldifying media. In the second article in this series, Walter Dioni (Mexico) reviews the merits of and protocols for using sucrose, fructose, glucose with/without gum arabic as slide mountants. 

Foliculina - a marine ciliate - Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands) describes and illustrates this fascinating ciliate which can be found attached to substrates. 

The tunicate Styela: A community housing project - In Richard Howey's (USA) essay this month he shares fascinating aspects of one of the tunicates or sea squirts.

Macro photography using a short tube microscope - Gordon Couger (USA) shows how a short tube microscope fitted with low power objectives and with digital camera attached can make a useful field microscope.

Adding X-Y stage coordinates to microscopes - Some bolt-on mechanical stages don't have verniers on the X-Y axes. Ian Walker (UK) shows a simple way to make verniers good enough for normal use, using his inkjet printer and a stage for the Zeiss Standard as an example.

Circular oblique lighting. Part 2 - Paul James (UK) shares further studies of this interesting form of illumination and gives simple techniques for creating it.

Image gallery: Monochrome days - Ian Walker (UK) presents some attractive images taken in the north of England countryside in Winter; a time of year when monochrome digital photos can work particularly well.

Enjoying  old slides - Dave Walker (UK) describes and illustrates some interesting old slides that he has enjoyed viewing and learning more about recently.
 

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Sad news: We are very saddened to learn that Eric Marson of Northern Biological Supplies (NBS), UK passed away last month. Eric's immense contributions to microscopy and microscopy education, especially for the amateur, span many decades. His company NBS has provided resources and help to many microscopists. The Micscape Editor was privileged to attend some of his popular slide making courses where he shared his skills and enthusiasm for microscopy. He will be very much missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
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Diatom Database on CD-ROM. Klaus Kemp, well known for his superb prepared microscope slides of diatoms and butterfly scales, has completed after four years work an impressive and very extensive diatom database. Visit his web site www.diatoms.co.uk (follow the 'New' logo) to learn more about this very significant new resource for diatom identification.

'Mac OS' software for the Intel Play QX3® computer microscope. The popular QX3 digital microscope can be used on the Mac using the third party software 'Microscope 1.0' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit his home page to learn more and download the free software.

'A catalogue of portable microscopes' on CD-ROM compiled by Mike Dingley is now available from the author. Click here for details and how to order. Mike has a special interest in portable microscopes and has created this CD as a valuable resource.

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