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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 83: September 2002.
Next update October 13th.

Image above by Mike Dingley. The McArthur field microscope with fittings as made by Cooke, Troughton and Simms. 
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Two major new resources are offered this month:

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The Micropolitan Museum of microscopic art forms, curator Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands).
Wim has used his own stunning photomicrographs to create this extensive virtual museum to celebrate the wonderful microorganisms around us. 
Each room is devoted to a major biological group. Why not pop back regularly and use the 'floorplan'  to explore each room in turn? There's plenty to see in the 'Desmid Dome', 'Bacteria Basement', 'Radiolaria Room' ...

Microscopy Primer by Frithjof Sterrenburg (The Netherlands). 
The author has generously offered his eight chapter illustrated book as a valuable online resource. It covers both practical and theoretical aspects of the compound microscope with plenty of practical tips, with particular reference to diatom observation.
It can be viewed online, or downloaded as a 1.3 MByte zip file for offline browsing / printing.


Accessories for the McArthur microscope Mike Dingley (Australia) illustrates and discusses some of the impressive accessories that were available for the famous field microscope which Cooke, Troughton and Simms made to the McArthur design.

Field videomicrography An Open University McArthur microscope + battery powered webcam = video microscopy in the field with a laptop! John Walsh (Australia) describes this ingenious setup which gives surprisingly good stills and video clips.

Tintinninae No, not a further adventure of the cartoon character 'Tin Tin', but a delightful illustrated look at a less well known group of protozoa with bell-like shells. By Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France).

Drawing your microscopic subjects. Part 1- Drawing from the screen of your computer  In this article,  Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes a drawing technique using image captures as a basis for drawing. His own and published drawings of the protozoan Euplotes euristomum are used as an example.

Biodiversity David Richman's (USA) studies of the amazing diversity of spiders in certain habitats prompted this thought provoking essay on biodiversity from his own perspective.

The beginner's microscope? Paul James (UK) looks at the old toy microscope of a good design which inspired his interest in microscopy, with his thoughts on the toy microscopes then and now.

The mucus belts of the Oscillatoria Wan Yu (China) describes and illustrates a simple but effective way of staining and observing the mucus trails left by these microorganisms.

Image gallery: Living protozoa portfolio Jim Evarts (USA) shares some impressive images of living protozoa which he has photographed with electronic flash.

Topical tips 11: Adding a lamp diaphragm (or field stops) to a modern microscope without one Some modern microscopes in the budget to medium price class do not have a lamp diaphragm. Ian Walker (UK) describes simple methods to control the light field and hence improve such a microscope's performance.

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Beyond Magazine June 2002 This sister magazine uses cutting edge Web technology to present science and nature, including microscopy, in both a fun and educational way.
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