MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 337: April 2024 (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Monthly, next issue May 13th 2024.


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Some Mediterranean diatoms - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) illustrates the benefits of studying live specimens. PDF

Roatan 9. Further adventures - G. Joseph Wilhelm (Honduras) shares further progress on making a lab at his home on an island off Honduras. PDF

Microscopical exploration thirty one. Home-made sticky tape optical retarders (how they are made and what they do) - James Stewart (UK) illustrates the use of retarders for crystal studies.  PDF

Parasites, part 5, some parasites that are flatworms - Ed Ward (USA) continues his extensive illustrated survey of these organisms. 56 page PDF

Advancements in forensic science: The contributions of Henri Louis Bayard, John Goodsir, and Harry Goodsir as presented to the University of Edinburgh and the Anatomical Museum - Michael Tracy (USA) presents an essay summarising the pioneering work of his ancestors, the Goodsirs. PDF

Micscape Lite - contributors sharing their other interests

Vision our sense of sight - Fritz Schulze (Canada) shares an essay reflecting on this amazing sense. PDF

From the Archives. An issue five years ago in April 2019.

A stacking microscope by  Christian Autotte, Montréal, Canada - Repairing, renewing, and maintaining a focus-stacking microscope. PDF

Bizarre protozoan (Stentor) disintegration by Chew Yen Fook, New Zealand - Sharing his observation of a stentor ciliate disintegrating right before his eyes.

A compilation of useful diatom resources on the Web by Phil Sydor, UK - a comprehensive, up-to-date list of resources for the diatomist.

A bouquet of images: A tribute to my lovely wife, Adri, on her 80th birthday by [the now sadly late] Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA -  twenty-seven images as a little bouquet of tribute and an expression of a 'cranky' microscopist's love.

Toothpaste, sun screen, tuna, plastics, alcohol, and prescriptions by [the now sadly late] Richard L. Howey, Wyoming, USA - a philosophical look at some everyday remedies, cures, and fixes and their effectiveness.

Topical Tip: The value of a numerical aperture v field of view graph for macro / micro setups owned - how this plot can aid the choice of setup for a given subject by David Walker, UK.

From Previous Issues:
Focus Stacking Technique Explained by Mol Smith, UK - What is focus stacking? Why is it an important tool? Slow motion for Microscopists.

Spring is here. What about the Bees?
Bombus impatiens (Bumble Bee Worker) by Julie Ducharme - The humble bumble bee. (November 2010)

Interactive honeybee Apis worker, explore the parts by David Walker. (July 2005).

Varroa, The Killer Of Bees by Manuel del Cerro, Pittsford, NY - The deadly parasite and killer of bees.

Bee Apis Mouthparts In Our 3D Microscope

In Focus: April 13th 2024. Today the date of this issue's publication is World Microscope Day celebrating the first time the word was used on April 13th 1625*. A series of online events have been planned over the three days, 12th - 13th. See the page on the website of the Quekett Microscopical Club who host the venture; the concept was devised by Robert Radford in 2021.
* Quote from the Wikipedia entry for Giovanni Faber (reference 10):
"Letter from Giovanni Faber to Prince Frederico Cesi dated April 13, 1625. An English translation of Faber's letter is available in: William B. Carpenter with W. H. Dallinger, ed., The Microscope and Its Revelations, 8th ed. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1901)."
The translation of the letter from the above reference is below, source archive.org



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External links. Updated April 2020. 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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

groups.io (formerly Yahoo groups):
Amateur Microscopy
Diatom Forum
Microscopy as a hobby or profession
Wild Microscopes

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>21000 members, very active). Also specialist groups e.g. for users of given maker's microscopes (e.g. Zeiss, Olympus, Wild, Vickers). Also try a Facebook Group search with keywords like microscope or microscopy to find these.

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.

'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.

The Amateur Diatomist archive This magazine resource ably created and administered by Steve Gill has now been ported to the Microscopy-UK site with Steve's permission as the former host server is now not available.
As well as all the issues in pdf format there are a wealth of other resources in the Downloads section including by noted workers such as Barber and the complete 532 page book 'An Introduction to the Microscopical Study of Diatoms' by Robert B. McLaughlin.

Diatoms of the Arid South West Originally hosted on the website of New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Services. Archived with permission from Dave Richman, resource editor, and C. Scott Bundy of the NMSU.

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
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. Link to March 2020 mirror on the Internet Archive site. 
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
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers.
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.
Darwin Biological a UK company for 'biological education' supplies. Including live cultures of protozoa and algae.
Microscopie van de Natuur Dutch microscopy resource site by Rolf Vossen.

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