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The papered slides of C M Topping - Brian Davidson (UK) and Howard Lynk (US) present a copiously illustrated paper on this famous mounter's slides. First published in the Quekett Journal of Microscopy, 2010, vol. 41 and republished on Micscape with kind permission. PDF
Measuring with a laser beam - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) shares an ingenious method using a laser beam pointer. PDF
Microscopy for younger people (and beginners?) with access to Pippa's Progress - an extensive new section being compiled by Mol Smith (UK) which will be regularly added to.
Review of: Universal cell phone adapter mount for binocular, monocular, spotting scope, telescope, and microscope - Mol Smith (UK) reviews a good value example of one of these adapters.
Book review: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. Master of the Miniscule by L Robertson, J Backer, C Biemans, J van Doorn, K Krab, W Reijnders, H Smit, and P. Willemsen - David Walker (UK) reviews the English edition of this attractive and copiously illustrated biography published in May 2016.
Topical Tip: Using a stereo LED ringlight as a darkfield 'condenser' on a stereo microscope - David Walker (UK) tries a suggested alternative role for a typical ringlight model and finds that it works extremely well.
|From the archives: A selection of articles from issues published 10 years ago in 2006.
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. (June 2006)
Don't forget high ISO on your digital SLR - Ian Walker (UK) shares a selection of macro images taken on a Nikon D50 and Minolta 7D at ISO 1600 to show that the extra speed is useful on dull winter days and the 'digital grain' can form part of the picture. (January 2006). Ed's note the ISOs have increased considerably in recent models.
Improving the performance of the single lens microscope - Alvaro Amaro de Azevedo (Brazil) shares recent progress with his single lens microscope project by trying home made ground and polished doublets to improve performance - with impressive results. (July 2006)
How to milk a weed: looking at crystals in plant juices: part 1 - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay showing the attractive crystals that can be found in plant juices. (July 2006)
The best 'affordable' petrographic microscopes of the 1970s to 1980s - Gregory McHone (USA) discusses and illustrates six of his favourite polarising microscopes based on his extensive background in working with such scopes. (October 2006)
Making your own squash slides @ home - Yvan Lindekens (Belgium) presents practical methods of preparing slides of cell division in plant roots using techniques and materials available to the enthusiast. (December 2006)
largefield research microscope - Mike Andre (USA) shares an extensively illustrated 'brief illustrated history' of this classic microscope. Also offered as a downloadable pdf for printing. (May 2006)
Ted Clarke R.I.P. My colleague Maurice and I were very sad to hear of the passing away of Ted on November 4th 2015 aged 72. Ted emailed us last October about his terminal illness and we compiled a summary page of all the splendid material he had shared. Ted shared his skills and passion for microscopy and microscopic life over 15 years on Micscape and his articles will remain a legacy online reflecting just one of his pursuits. We shared many emails over the years exploring our interest in the versatile but affordable LOMO Biolam microscope which we both owned. Thank you to his daughter Susie for letting us know. Micscape Ed. David Walker.
Frithjof Sterrenburg R.I.P. My colleague Maurice and I were also very sad to hear of the passing away of Frithjof on March 11th 2016. Frithjof generously offered his splendid 'Microscopy
Primer' to Micscape in 2002 and which is now a key resource on our site. He also
shared a number of articles and was always happy to offer his help and expertise
to hobbyists like ourselves, especially in one of his noted specialties,
diatoms. A great character and intellect sadly lost but his legacy will live on
through his published work and the memories through his friends, family and
professional colleagues. Micscape Ed. David Walker. Thank you to José Sterrenburg for posting the information on the diatom-l listerver.
NERC Open Research Archive The UK's Natural Environment Research Council offers free access to a vast array of their publications as pdf downloads. A number of these are of great value to the microscopist. These include A Beginner's Guide to Freshwater Algae, An Illustrated Guide to River Phytoplankton and Handbook of European Sphagna (263pp with distribution maps).
With thanks to Neil Tucker's splendid webpages on microscopy, where a link to the first guide above alerted me to the large archive. Neil's resources include an interactive virtual garden and an eloquent essay 'What happened to Microscopy as a hobby?'.
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Updated June 2016. Below are some of
our favourites, which includes sites with
extensive links and/or resources for the
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Diatom Forum P
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)
Algae-L '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.)
sites (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
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CD and now free on Micscape.
Ireland - resource site by
hunter a free monthly
microscopy enthusiast magazine
edited by Oliver Kim
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.
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.
projects by Ely Silk
Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
makers of microscopes and microscope
Stevenson's extensive resource
Victorian slide makers
rocking microtome resources including
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
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.