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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 163: May 2009.
Next update June 13th. 


Image right: Dendritic silver deposited from silver nitrate and copper. Image by Richard Howey using a stereo microscope.




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    A close-up view of the flowering kale - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

    Forays into fluorescence 2: A selection of prepared unstained slides studied in visible light fluorescence - David Walker (UK) shares notes on and images of a selection of slides that responded to this type of lighting.


    In Focus:
    China Scientific Book Services Offers a wide range of specialist books on local fauna and flora, including on groups of interest to the microscopist, such as diatoms and other algae. Some are in English and seem quite good value for specialist publications. With thanks to a Chinese correspondent for the link.

    Ancient diatoms lead to new technology for solar energy An interesting Oregon State University press release. With thanks to Richard Howey for the link.

    Cutting small accurate circles These are often required in ca. 2 - 20 mm size for homebrew darkfield, phase, Rheinberg and COL filters. The growth in homecrafts offers a number of good value tools. The Ed recently tried a set of 'hollow punches' widely available on eBay in 1 mm steps for less than £7 and give excellent results and well made, compared with e.g some modern cork borers sets which can be expensive, blunt and give poor circles. For larger circles above 12 mm or so 'compass cutters' for a few pounds are very good and also very cheap on eBay and craft shops.

    We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it! Have a chat with us , to see how we can help share your interests. Submission guidelines .

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News - special notices - misc.   
The popular Annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will be held at Morley, nr Leeds, UK on Sat 6th June 2009.
Interested parties should contact Mike Smith, by 
email or phone/fax
0113 2935991 or write to him at 10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Leeds LS17 6SH. With thanks to Mike for this information.
External links. 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.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November 2008)
' Microscope ' P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo '   ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V.  W ide 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 contributors.

Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (Hosted by Savona Books).
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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
A Cabinet of Curiosities attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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