MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 268 : July 2018 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue August 13th 2018.

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Insufficient material has been received this month to share a new issue.
A complete archive issue from August 2008 ten years ago is republished below.

Coins and microscopes - Robert Pavlis (USA) describes how microscopy can be used to admire and study the features of coins, using a Roman and a 20th century Icelandic coin as examples.

Renovating an Olympus SWHK Ocular - Greg McHone (Canada) shares an illustrated procedure for servicing this stiff focussing eyepiece with applicability to other makers' designs.

A close-up view of the silverberry tree - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the features of this attractive plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

Photomicrography With Cheap Contemporary Digicams - Paul James (UK) shares 'a very brief peep at a sub £50 digicam' - the Nikon Coolpix L11.

Nineteenth century British microscopy and natural history: Part 8 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series on fascinating aspects of old journals.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'bittersweet nightshade' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this wild flower.

A crystalline herbal and bestiary: A journey to an alien world Part 7 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his illustrated fantasy where the author visits an alien planet with a local host describing its exotic fauna and flora. The story concludes next month.

Fun with filters: Assessing a 400 nm interference filter on a tungsten lamp - David Walker (UK) tries a narrow band filter on a normal microscope lamp as an alternative to an LED to improve resolution.

The Micscape World*. Micscape readers sharing aspects of where they live. Further contributions welcomed.

Jagger Green near Huddersfield - photographic wanderings amongst the trees and valleys - Ian Walker (UK) shares aspects of the landscape and natural history of his local area.

Enjoying Field Studies Council Courses (UK) Part 2: 'Natural history in the highlands' course, Kindrogan, Scotland - David Walker (UK) shares aspects of the beautiful scenery and nature of the Scottish highlands.

* Title and series idea by Dan Holloway.


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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 microscopy enthusiast website, forum and 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 mainly in Italian. Now at www.funsci.it Earlier English articles on the Wayback Machine site mirror of www.funsci.com.
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
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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