An oxyurid, a parasitic nematode.
Image by Walter Dioni.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 119: September 2005.
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My Olympus BHA microscope from eBay - Robert Pavlis (USA) describes aspects of the repair and usage of an example of this versatile microscope.

Ammonites in 3D – Anaglyphs for the stereographic analysis of Mesozoic ammonites - Robert Sturm (Austria) presents an illustrated article on the attractive variety of forms of these fossils.

Rodophytae - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) illustrates aspects of the complex but fascinating reproductive cycle of two marine red algae.

White on black: reverse ink drawings - Richard Howey (USA) presents an essay showing examples of the attractive plates from two volumes of The American Naturalist: A Popular Illustrated Magazine of Natural History.

A gallery of maleic acid photomicrographs (using a variety of illumination techniques) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing the striking images that can be achieved with different chemicals.

Microscopic fauna. Some lifestyles, part 4 - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on the intestinal parasites of an American cockroach by describing the oxyurid nematodes.

LOMO Biolam microscopes. Notes on refurbishing seized rotating stages - Ian Walker (UK) offers some practical advice for a popular microscope.

Slipping and sliding. Bacillaria paxillifer - Ron Neumeyer (Canada) presents an illustrated artice on this distinctive and attractive diatom; includes video footage.

'Colour Magic' - magic colour - Ian Walker (UK) illustrates how LEE Filter's pack of 'Colour Magic' acetate filters are excellent for microscopy lighting techniques such as Rheinberg.

Photomicrography trials using a Nikon D50 on a LOMO Biolam microscope with electronic flash - David Walker (UK) assesses how Nikon's entry level DSLR model performs with a simple photomicroscopy setup.


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