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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 85: November 2002.
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Above: Autumn offers plenty of macro photography opportunities. Image by Ian Walker taken using a Coolpix 4500.
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Trehalose and suspended animation - Hugo Baillie-Johnson (UK) shares a simple project to study the amazing recovery of rotifers from their dried cysts which are common in birdbaths.

Small Adventures - Bill Amos (USA) describes the wonders of the smaller critters' activities in the garden that can be observed and enjoyed with modern close focusing binoculars.

DIY DIC - Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands) shows how to create Nomarski like effects with simple filter techniques.

Rain Forest - David Richman (USA) presents an illustrated essay on his fascinating experiences of rain forests visited when collecting smaller arthropods.

Some notes on the collection, cleaning and mounting of the foraminifera - Brian Darnton (UK) gives a wide ranging and valuable overview of these fascinating microorganisms.

Post photographic improvements. Part 2 - In this series for beginners Paul James (UK) offers some practical tips when storing images and the use of parameters like white balance, sharpening and resizing.

Culturing and collecting micro-organisms safely - Richard Howey (USA) provides plenty of valuable practical advice for the microscopy enthusiast in this two part essay.

Walks in the woods: Photographic wanderings in an English autumn - Ian Walker (UK) presents some attractive macro photographs taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500.

Drawing your microscopic subjects. Part 2 - Walter Dioni (Mexico) offers for download some sheets of high quality scales and grids which will be very useful for the microscope when drawing or taking measurements.

Topical tips 13: Calibrating a condenser iris - Ian Walker (UK) shares a tip to label the preferred condenser iris settings for each objective when undertaking photomicrography.


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 'Microscope 1.0' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit his home page to learn more and download the free software.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Klaus Kemp and Eric Hangstefer for permission to highlight these new resources and to link to their web sites.

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