Exploring the miniature world
Issue 149: March 2008.
left: A fine line-up of four Leitz microscopes with
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Review of a Celestron LED microscope - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) tries out this new model.
The excellent Leitz microscopes with black enamel finish - Gregor and Normand Overney (USA) present an illustrated introduction to the Ortholux, Dialux, Laborlux, Labolux and SM models. April 17th, revised and extended 4th edition online.
Simple pond sampling equipment - Hugo and Anna Baillie-Johnson (UK) share some practical DIY projects for aquatic sampling.
Hybrid polarizing microscopes - Michael Much (USA) discusses and illustrates how to adapt both compound biological microscopes and stereo microscopes for qualitative polarising studies.
Fossil freshwater diatoms from Cherryfield, Maine - Richard Carter (China) presents an illustrated article on the typical species that have been collected from this popular site.
A close-up view of the wildflower 'wild blue flax' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this plant on the macro and microscopic scale.
A diatomist's library - David Richman (USA) presents an extensive list of books old and new he has acquired with some comments on their value to the hobbyist.
Diffuse sourced lamphouse modification - Paul James (UK) describes a method for improving the evenness of light emitted from lamps with less than ideal condensers.
Nineteenth century British microscopy and natural history: Part 4 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his affectionate look at aspects of microscopy and microscopical studies published in this era.
Sulphur - Robert Pavlis (USA) presents an illustrated look at how to prepare slides of this element and describes the forms it can take.
A close-up view of the 'Icelandic (Arctic) poppy' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this plant on the macro and microscopic scale.
A crystalline herbal and bestiary: A journey to an alien world Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his illustrated fantasy where the author visits an alien planet with a local host describing its exotic fauna and flora.
Notes on some SLR/DSLR photomicrography options for the LOMO Biolam Microscope - David Walker (UK) assesses three of the photographic accessories available for this popular microscope.