Andrew Entwistle's compact, portable LED cold light
in use, made from USB laptop lamps.

MICSCAPE
(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 128: June 2006.
Next update July 13th. 

 


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    Common British butterflies at a glance - Colin Duke (UK) and Steven Shroud (UK) have a compiled a most impressive illustrated guide to the many species which they have been able to photograph over the years; the photo-guide includes a valuable overview of all aspects of a butterfly's life cycle.

    An inexpensive LED cold light - Andrew Entwistle (UK) shares an effective lamp design for low power top light studies based on the USB goose neck lamps for laptops that are widely available at little cost. For many roles, the battery powered compact unit can replace the cumbersome mains driven and cooled light guides.

    A close-up view of the wildflower 'red clover' - the red clover must be one of the most overlooked and taken for granted of all wild flowers; yet as Brian Johnston (Canada) shows with these gorgeous images, it is a beautiful complex flower with many features revealed by careful macro and microscopy studies.

    Using high power LEDS in epi-illuminator systems - Robert Pavlis (USA) describes and illustrates a design for 'LED epi' using the Olympus BHM metallurgical microscope as a example. 

    A vicarious trip to Florida - Richard Howey (USA) shares an illustrated essay on the wonderful variety of subjects to study in samples of Florida beach sand.

 

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www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles

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sci.techniques.microscopy

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
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'Wild M20 microscope'
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'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de
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Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

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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