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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 89: March 2003.
Next update April 13th.

The image above shows the leaf base cells of the common moss Tortula muralis between crossed polars. 
Image by Derek Christie.

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Tortula muralis - My first moss - Derek Christie (Scotland) shows how a common moss species has many fascinating macro and microscopic features. He also describes how his moss study has been sponsored by the Millennium Project.

Aligning binocular heads for easy viewing - Raymond Sloss (UK) shows how selected designs of badly aligned binocular heads may with great care be improved.

The Watson 'Mint' Metallurgical microscope. A personal look at a distinguished old member of the microscope family - In this beautifully illustrated article, Brian Johnston (Canada) shares his enthusiasm for a fine example of this old but very useable microscope.

Gonium pectorale. A Chlorophyte - Steve Durr (UK) presents an illustrated overview of this attractive algae.

A Projectina microscope circa. 1960's - David Bull (UK) shares an illustrated summary of his renovation project. He would welcome info' on this model and on sourcing spares.

You want to bring THOSE into the house??? - Richard Howey (USA) describes the intriguing microscopic protozoa that can be found in termites and some other arthropods; illustrated with stunning images.

Suctoria - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) takes a closer look at some marine examples of this fascinating protozoan. The article includes some delightful animations which may take some time to download but it's well worth the wait! 

Safe microscopic techniques for amateurs. Mounting microscopic subjects. Part 3 - Mixed mounting media - In part A of this four part article, Walter Dioni (Mexico) assesses fructoglycerol and modified Brun's medium as mountants that can be safely prepared and used by the amateur. 

More notes on photography of snow crystals or snowflakes - Ted Kinsman (USA) shares some terrific images of this appealing subject which he has taken during this cold winter, together with some new tips on how to take such images. 

Nature center microscope with darkfield capability - Ted Clarke (USA) describes a neat design of patch stops for low power darkfield on a Russian Biolam microscope used at a nature center, with comparison images of the typical results it can produce.

High eyepoint oculars and the digicam - Paul James (UK) describes and illustrates how high eyepoint eyepieces can be one route for successful photomicrography using a consumer digicam.
New search feature: Thank you to the readers who have suggested that a useful feature for the Micscape archive search page would be the facility to find all articles published in a given past issue.
The database of the Micscape Library Search page has been updated and can now accept back issue searches. This is potentially useful both for readers who wish to view articles in a recent missed issue, or to see what articles were published in any past issue ... from the first edition published in Nov.95 to the present.


Meeting notice (UK): A combined Spring Meeting of microscopists of the PMS and QMC will be held at the Village Hall (opposite the Parish Church) Langton Matravers Near Swanage Dorset on Saturday the 10th of May from 10 am until 4 pm. The meeting is open to all and several local naturalists also attend including children. Lunch can be enjoyed at a choice of several establishments in the village.
Previous meetings may be viewed on the QMC website
Exhibitors are charged £3.50 which includes tea, bookable asap from Derek Stevens at derek@dcstevens.feeeserve.co.uk.  Casual visitors are admitted free of charge. Questions to: Brian Darnton. brian@darnton.freeserve.co.uk
(Editor's note: Information kindly suplied by Brian Darnton)

Enthusiasts' web sites in focus: Two microscopy enthusiasts have kindly let us know of updates to their own web sites.

Loes Modderman has a splendid web site http://www.ScienceArt.nl with striking images that cross the science-art interface. New updates include images of plastics taken between crossed polars and bubbles. 

Steve Durr has transferred his web site to http://www.btinternet.com/~stephen.durr/index.html which includes plenty of valuable info' on photomicrography and illustrated with his own stunning images.

Editor's note: Micscape would be pleased to hear of readers' own web sites which have microscopy / macroscopy content of interest to the enthusiast. 

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Microscopy meeting announcements (UK):
The Frank Rowntree meeting held by the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 7th June 2003 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. The venue is the same as for the last few years. Interested persons should send a sae to Mike Smith below or contact him by e-mail. His postal address is 10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6SH.
Email: mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo.co.uk
(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

The Reading Convention 2003 which is an 'open meeting for all microscopists', and organised by the Reading Microscopical Society, will be held on March 15th 2003. Meeting details and booking form are here
(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.)

Diatom Database on CD-ROM. Klaus Kemp, well known for his superb prepared microscope slides of diatoms and butterfly scales, has completed after four years work an impressive and very extensive diatom database. Visit his web site www.diatoms.co.uk (follow the 'New' logo) to learn more about this very significant new resource for diatom identification.

'Mac OS' software for the Intel Play QX3® computer microscope. The popular QX3 digital microscope can be used on the Mac using the third party software 'MiXscope 1.2' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit his home page to learn more and download the free software.

'A catalogue of portable microscopes' on CD-ROM compiled by Mike Dingley is now available from the author. Click here for details and how to order. Mike has a special interest in portable microscopes and has created this CD as a valuable resource.

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