MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 262 : January 2018 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue January 13th 2018.

Above. Image sourced by Kentwood D. Wells 

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Fleas the Size of Elephants: the Wonders of the Oxyhydrogen Microscope - Kentwood D Wells (USA) shares an extensive 32 page, heavily illustrated account of the history and use of this projection microscope. This article features in a recent edition of 'The Magic Lantern Gazette. A Research Journal'. The author is the Editor and has generously offered the entire issue to share. This edition also includes the article 'Buhoup's Great Floating Hindoo Pagoda' by Suzanne Wray describing Buhoup's 'Chemical Dioramas and Chinese Pyric Fires'—a travelling exhibition of the 1850s in the USA. PDF

Zeiss Universal SIM. A structured illumination system based on a Zeiss Universal microscope stand - 'Nidhogg' (Italy) shares his project to build a sophisticated system especially for improved resolution and optical sectioning in fluorescence studies. The design to retrofit high wattage LEDs into a Zeiss lamphouse may also be of interest to those seeking to convert their own lamphouse for wider studies. PDF

Invasive alien shrimps! - Graham Matthews (UK) describes the common invasive freshwater shrimp that can be found in the UK and shows how it differs from Gammarus. PDF

My 92 year old travel microscope - Howard Lazerson (USA) shows how a venerable Bausch and Lomb microscope when modified still proves valuable e.g. for field studies.

Fungi. Part 1 - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) begins a series illustrating the ready availability of fungi that can be grown from discarded fruit, bread etc for study. PDF

Plankton themed stamps - a selection - David Walker (UK) shares a gallery of stamps depicting marine plankton and on the associated themes of plankton sampling and oceanographic surveys.

    In Focus:
    New contributors
    - Mol, the website co-founder, and I are delighted to have welcomed four new contributors since the November issue and two further new contributors are preparing material for future months. Thank you for the response to Mol and I's request in recent months. David Walker, Micscape editor.

    "Butterfly Origins Pushed Back in Time" BBC News website article by Helen Briggs dated 11th January 2018. Butterflies and moths are ca. 70 million years older than thought after extracting 'perfectly preserved' scales from rocks with acid treatment. The article includes an optical photomicrograph showing the scale fine structure clearly preserved.

    We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it!


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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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