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Exploring the miniature world
Issue 59: September 2000. Next update October 13th.

(Image right by James Benko. It shows an hourglass inclusion in a crystal. James describes how to create crystals with this unusual feature; see article below.)


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Digital Microscopy Workshop, Oxford University, October 6th.

Quekett Microscopical Club Millennium Exhibition, London, October 7th.


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Growing crystals with hourglass inclusions under the microscope - James Benko, USA provides a technique for creating and observing these unusual growth forms, illustrated with stunning images.

The short, happy life of ... the protozoa Colpoda. Rosemarie Arbur, USA describes and illustrates a fascinating sequence she observed as individuals of this protozoa escaped from a resting cyst.

Further observations of a tardigrade from Scotland - Bill Ells, UK shares his observations and images of a tardigrade moulting and also giving birth to young.

Speaking of cells - M. Halit Umar, the Netherlands gives a wide ranging overview of the wonderful range of cell types that occur in nature, illustrated with a wealth of examples.

Simple modifications to the McArthur Open University microscope - Jim Harper, USA shares his tips for improving the internal lighting of this cheap but effective portable microscope, and also provides a design for adding top lighting.

Diatoms in a different light - Roland Mortimer, Brazil shares a marvellous selection of diatom images captured with during trials of a new digital capture set-up for his microscope.

A monocular microscope - Jim Disbrow, USA shows how a simple but effective monocular low power microscope can be assembled from a junk pair of binoculars.

Improving picture quality. Part 1; lighting corrections - image editing software offers a powerful way of correcting faults in digital images captured through the microscope. Jean-Marie Cavanihac, France describes software features to correct uneven lighting faults.

Stereo macro images on screen - Paul James, UK illustrates how to create stereo images of macroscopic subjects on the monitor screen using a consumer digital stills camera.

Equipping a laboratory. Part 2 glassware and related accessories - Richard Howey, USA continues his informative series with valuable advice for the microscopy enthusiast setting up their own laboratory.

Rheinberg illumination: add color to your viewing - Chuck Huck, USA describes this technique, where coloured discs in the condenser filter tray can create dramatic effects.

Micscape gallery: time-lapse studies - Edward Kinsman, USA shares his dramatic sequence of an adult cicada hatching and Jean-Marie Cavanihac, France shows how a simple subject like salt crystallising can create effective time-lapse sequences.


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News - special notices - misc.

The Quekett Microscopical Club's annual exhibition is one of the highlights of the microscopist's year. This year the exhibition celebrates 'the Millennium and the history of the Club over its 135-year life. The displays will feature important events and changes in light microscopy during this period.' Click here for details. (Thank you to Tony Jarratt for providing this information).

A Digital Microscopy Workshop is being held at Oxford University, UK on Friday, October 6 which will feature seminars and practical sessions in digital microscopy. There will be a range of Nikon microscopes and digital imaging devices and the opportunity to compare different quality optics. Epson will also provide a range of photorealistic printers. The course is designed for the microscopist interested in exploring digital microscopy. There will be sessions on the basics of digital imaging, image editing with Adobe Photoshop and telemicroscopy. Talks will be presented by members of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department.
Further details are available either by e-mailing Dr Joel Leong at
drjoel@cryogen.com or visiting the website http://www.ndp.ox.ac.uk/ndcls/news.htm .
(Thank you to Dr Leong for providing this information).

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