MICSCAPE
(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 123: January 2006.
Next update Feb. 13th. 






Image left: An alien marine organism? No, a mathematically created form by Brian Johnston using 'Mathematica'.

 


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    Don't forget high ISO on your digital SLR - Ian Walker (UK) shares a selection of macro images taken on a Nikon D50 and Minolta 7D at 1600ASA to show that the extra speed is useful on dull winter days and the 'digital grain' can form part of the picture.

 

In focus:
British Phycological Society website is an attractively presented and informative site describing the society's membership benefits, publications and activities. Thank you to Jan Krokowski, editor of the 'Phycologist' for the link info'.

The Wannenköpfe is Fred Kruijen's website sharing his knowledge of and enthusiasm for a local quarry in Germany and the minerals that can be found there, includes many illustrations. Thanks to Fred for the link info'.

Microscopy-UK website 2005 visitor stats. Feedback tends to be a bit slim to contributors so hope this stats summary does show that folk are visiting and hopefully enjoying the site's resources.

Years totals: visitors - 2.57 million, page accesses - 10.6 million, data transferred - 994 Gbytes. 
Monthly average: visitors - 214 000, page accesses - 889 000 (over a million a month for Sep-Nov), data transferred - 82.8 Gbytes. 

Last, but by no means least, a big thanks to my colleague Maurice Smith, site founder and owner who quietly behind the scenes on finding our internet provider was frustratingly pulling the plug on our main site undertook some expensive overseas phone calls, and rapidly set up an a/c on a new server to solve the problem. ..... (and the Micscape Ed's modem is close to meltdown 16 000 files later after reuploading the site).

 

     

 

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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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles 
www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Microscope' P (>1500 members, very active)
'Microscopes' (almost inactive)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de
(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

Newsgroups
sci.techniques.microscopy

Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers.

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine and Forum  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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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