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MICSCAPE
(ISSN 1365 - 070x)
Exploring the miniature world

Issue 49: November 1999. Next update December 13th.

 

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Image right: diatom taken with a 40X phase objective, using an Olympus 830L consumer 'digicam'
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Image by and Paul James, UK.

 

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Welcome to the wonderfully weird world of rotifers - Richard Howey, US gives an insight into the wonderful variety of the forms and habits of rotifers. Rotifer image gallery - stunning images of rotifers and notes by Wim van Egmond, Netherlands. Linked to and complements Richard Howey's article.
Forays into 'consumercam' photomicroscopy - consumer digital stills cameras can give excellent results with a microscope. Paul James, UK shows how with the Olympus 830L and gives tips for other models. Freshwater jellyfish - a fascinating look at one of the few freshwater species and its life cycle. By Gen-yu Sasaki, Japan.
Test diatoms - what you can expect to see even with modest optics - Martin Mach, Germany takes up the challenge and gives tips on how to get the best out of a modest microscope when pushed to the limit no matter what the subject. Let there be light - a look at the main microscopy lighting techniques and how to achieve them with simple equipment. A guide for beginners in Larry Legg's unique down to earth style.
Producing numbered grids for display and identification on arranged microscope slides - how to create attractive grids or lettering for arranged slides of e.g. 'forams'. Brian Darnton, UK shows how just using simple photographic techniques and imaging software. Landshell image gallery - the final gallery in the series showing some of the fascinating species of smaller shells that can be found. By Helmut Nisters, Austria.
Palynology - a microscopic view of the past - pollen, spores and plant fragments buried in sediments can reveal an insight into the climate and plant life millions of years ago. By Keith Abineri, UK. Shadows of the evening - an essay on the importance of the daily cycle of night and day for plants and animals - as well as for mankind despite our modern '24 hour lifestyles'. A reflective piece on a wider aspect of nature. By Bill Amos, US.
Digital macroscopy in autumn with a flatbed scanner - scanners are very versatile macroscopes for some subjects. Autumn provides a wealth of suitable subjects like leaves, fungi and ferns. By Dave Walker, UK. We are delighted to receive contributions small or large, from novice to 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 work.

 

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