MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 281 : August 2019 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue September 13th 2019.

Heating plate by David Stephens.

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A heating plate idea - David Stephens (UK) presents a simple but effective design for a portable slide heater using high wattage resistors rather than tungsten bulbs which are being phased out. PDF

Experiences with the inclusion of botanical material in PEG. Part II. - Jaime Padilla García (Spain) shares further practical advice on using this mountant.  PDF

Diatom arrangements by Johann Diedrich Möller (1844 - 1907). A selection of diatom slides kept at the Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium - Jef Schoors (Belgium) has privileged access to these rare slides and shares striking imagery.

Album of crystals in polarized light. Part 1 - Richard L. Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay on the attractive images that can be created studying various materials, some often found around the home.

Keep it organized - Christian Autotte (Canada) provides practical advice on the storage, documentation and studies of slides in a collection. PDF

This month I will talk about Placocista spinosa - in the third of his articles on the testate amoebae, Hans Rothauscher (Germany) discusses and illustrates this species. PDF

My "Three Guinea Microscope" copy - Fritz Schulze (Canada) describes a popular affordable model from the 19th century and illustrates how it performs. PDF

Microscopy, meet astronomy - Tom Harnish (USA) discusses the opportunities for finding and studying micrometeorites using the splendid books published by Jon Larsen to ensure that a candidate is not mistaken for the many natural and manmade 'imposters'. PDF

Music and microscopy - Richard L. Howey (USA) suggests suitable music to accompany studies of appropriate subjects.

Micscape Review: The ExoLens PRO Zeiss system for the smartphone. Assessment of the Zeiss Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* Macro-Zoom lens - this now discontinued system is heavily discounted used, David Walker (UK) explores its potential.

     

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External links. Updated April 2019. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

External Microscopy forums: Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.
www.photomacrography.net
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
Amateur Microscopy P (started November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>6000 members, very active). Also specialist groups e.g. for users of given maker's microscopes (e.g. Zeiss, Olympus, Wild, Vickers). Try a Facebook Group Search with keywords like microscope or microscopy to find these. 

Other:
Microbe hunter the website ably run by Oliver Kim has built up a popular and valuable forum with help for both the beginner and more advanced user.

Listservers:
Algae-L
'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. Wide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .
Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen
Microbe hunter microscopy enthusiast website, forum and magazine edited by Oliver Kim
Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics in English and Italian.  
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria, forams and scales.
www.testslides.com website devoted to Stefano Barone's Diatom Lab test slides.

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