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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 116: June 2005.
Next update July 13th.


Image by Erin Thomas:
A band-winged short-horned grasshopper.


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Macro on the move - Erin Thomas (USA) shares his photos and fascinating observations of the smaller fauna and flora encountered on a car journey across the western United States.

Height measurements under the compound microscope - Gregor Overney (USA) presents a valuable look of the theory and application of height measurements.

Rhapsody in C: Vitamin C. Part I - Richard Howey (USA) shares a striking selection of images of this chemical as part of an essay on common household chemicals.

Strange new worlds. Volume II - Ian Walker (UK) shares a second image gallery where he seeks out the stranger shapes and forms, often not part of the subject, seen in prepared slides.

van Leeuwenhoek's secret revealed - Wim van Egmond, a fellow native of the Netherlands playfully suggests an aspect that historians have overlooked as to why Leeuwenhoek was able to study microscopic organisms.

Spike's gallery II - A second selection of stunning images by Spike Walker (UK); this month's theme is images taken using crossed polarisation filters and/or Rheinberg illumination.

A close-up view of two forget-me-nots: "Field" and "True" - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series which shows how common wild flowers can be fascinating to study at the macro and microscopic level. The tiny flowers are a particular challenge to photograph.

Microscopy on the move: a look at the Trekker field microscope - David Walker (UK) takes this affordable and elegantly designed field microscope with 35x magnification for a 'test hike'.

Macro in the garden - Ian Walker (UK) uses a Canon 350D digital SLR with close-up lenses and using small depth of field for creativity.

Microscopic fauna - some lifestyles. Part I - Walter Dioni (Mexico) in the first of a series of illustrated articles, looks at examples of microscopic organisms that are not free living, e.g. those that are epiphytic, epizoic, parasitic, commensal, symbionts etc.

Notes on using a very low power objective, the Zeiss plan 1x, on a LOMO microscope - David Walker (UK) assesses the useability of this impressive looking objective on a non-Zeiss stand and the versatility of a very low power.

Making a phase telescope - Paul James (UK) shares ingenious ways of making a phase telescope from old eyepieces.



In focus:

Christina Brodie, a Micscape contributor, will be demonstrating her drawing skills and exhibiting her scaperboard diatom drawings at the 'BBC Gardeners World Live' at the NEC Birmingham June 15th-19th. See Mic-UK front page for details.

www.viewsfromscience.com - Ely Silk's well presented website has some fascinating and instructive articles where he shares his studies of interest to the amateur scientist. He uses some ingenious but affordable experimental set-ups to accomplish many of these studies. Of particular interest to the microscopy enthusiast is his 'Micro Worlds' article where a chilled stage is used to study crystal formation and 'LED Fluorescence' where an LED UV source is used to enable some fluorescence microscopy studies for the enthusiast.

'Nikon's Small World Competition' 2005 - Entries are accepted up until the end of June 30th for this competition. Microscopy enthusiasts have been well represented in the award winners and honorable mentions of past competitions.



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Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
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Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
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Modern Microscopy
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