MICSCAPE
(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 104: June 2004.
Next update July 13th.

A Leica 40/0.65 objective front element with scratches and deep pits. Paul James compares its performance with a mint equivalent.

 


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Digital photography for the field mycologist - evaluation of the Nikon Coolpix 5000 - Paul Hamlyn (UK) summarises features of a digicam of use to the field mycologist and provides advice on beginning the study of the fungi.

So a scratch ruins an objective?? A surprising revelation gleaned from a chance meeting with an abused optic - Paul James (UK) compares a badly damaged Leitz objective with a mint equivalent to assess how much front element damage does deteriorate image quality.

Alternative mounting media revisited - Walter Dioni (Mexico) reviews and illustrates the effectiveness of the mounting media he's suggested in a recent series. Slides prepared over 20 months ago with alternative mountants are used to assess which are the best.

Review of the 'Fabulous beasts' exhibition, Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum - Christina Brodie (UK) presents an illustrated review of this current exhibition in London which includes artworks of greatly magnified natural subjects. The review includes interviews with the two artists whose work is featured.

Marine planktonic larvae - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) presents a selection of marine planktonic larvae to show that the larvae can often be more attractive than the adult. Includes delightful animations.

Close-up view of two thistles: "Bull" and "Nodding" - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series exploring the attractive macro and microscopic features of wildflowers.

A protozoan from Scotland - Bill Ells (UK) seeks readers' help on the identification of a protozoan which he is not familiar with.

Other articles: We're pleased to share articles not necessarily associated with the 'miniature world'. For example, on aspects of the landscape and local natural history in your local area that inspire your interests. To encourage others to contribute in this vein, two photo essays are below.

A tale of three digicams - Ian Walker (UK) reflects on the pros and cons of three digicams he's owned over the past few years ... from compact to diggie SLR, and finds that the most sophisticated digicam is not necessarily his preferred choice. Illustrated with a selection of landscape images.

Stone water troughs in the south Pennines landscape. Reflections on an attractive freshwater habitat - David Walker (UK) shares his enthusiasm for a distinctive landscape feature in the north of England where he lives, illustrated with typical examples.

  

In focus:
'Nikon International Small World Competition' 2004.
The closing date for entries is June 30th so there's still time to enter. Hobbyists have been well represented in the list of past winners and honorable mentions. Winning images from past competitions can be enjoyed in Nikon's Small World Galleries.

'Life found inside a glacier' (Genome News Network article). New microbe species including untypically small examples found in ice cores from two miles deep in a Greenland glacier. (Thanks to David Goldstein for spotting this article).

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! Have a chat with us, to see how we can help share your interests.

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'microcosmo' for Italian speaking enthusiasts

Mikroskopie-Treff.de
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Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine

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
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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.amateurmicrography.net  forums, articles and other resources

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