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In Focus: Thank you to
Ahron Wayne who contacted us about his ingenious
and fascinating projects on 3D microscopy. He has
developed and built his own cost effective rigs to
spin subjects such as insects on multiple axes
while taking macro images. These images are then
processed to create 3D movies. Ahron writes:
My name is Ahron
Wayne. I'm a student at Lawrence Tech in
Southfield, Michigan finishing up a Master's in
biomedical engineering. Most of what I do is
work on new techniques for motorized microscopy,
largely on the cheap. .... My first major
project that has been wrapped up was a 3D scanner for very small things,
made almost entirely out of Blu-Ray players. It
works by performing 3D scanning on top of 2D
scanning, so you can get surprisingly big/good
images of small objects from all sides using one
of those really cheap USB microscope as
your optical system.
Lately I've been trying to improve
upon this system with better mechanics and
optics, using for instance a 3D printer with up to
5 axes of motion
control and a decent USB microscope. I've
started stacking and stitching large 2D scans of
thousands of images, and am trying to
incorporate machine vision for things like PCB inspection and automatic insect
Update June 3rd. Ahron's
project is now seeking funding via Kickstarer,
follow the link to learn more.
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| External links. Updated April 2020. 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.
www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries,
articles on macroscopy and
(formerly Yahoo groups):
Microscopy as a hobby or
Amateur Microscopy (>6000
members, very active). Also specialist
groups e.g. for users of given maker's
microscopes (e.g. Zeiss, Olympus, Wild,
Vickers). Also try a Facebook Group search
with keywords like microscope or
microscopy to find these.
Microbe hunter the website ably
run by Oliver Kim has built up a popular
and valuable forum with help for both the
beginner and more advanced user.
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to an outdated Indiana Univ.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
Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy
forum; some English categories.)
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
Other sites (also see Societies
and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus'
and other resources for members and the
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin
and meetings for members.
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
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
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
Micrographia articles, projects
for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today journal with
Modern Microscopy online journal by
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles
on optics in English and Italian.
Independent Generation of
Research (IGoR) - Wiki style
resource for citizen scientists to share
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
Historical makers of
microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's
extensive resource .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources
enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
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, forams and scales.
www.testslides.com website devoted
to Stefano Barone's Diatom Lab test
a UK company for 'biological education'
supplies. Including live cultures of
protozoa and algae.
Microscopie van de
Natuur Dutch microscopy
resource site by Rolf Vossen.