MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 283 : October 2019 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue November 13th 2019.

A testate amoeba found in sphagnum moss. Image by Hans Rothauscher.

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Sphagnum dwelling amoebae - in the fifth article on his series describing the testate amoebae, Hans Rothauscher (Germany) discusses and illustrates the typical species found in this habitat. PDF

Investigating a cloudy issue - Christian Autotte (Canada) describes and illustrates what was responsible for the cloudiness seen in a local freshwater habitat. PDF

A simple and brief household experiment - Richard L. Howey (USA) shows how mixing safe chemicals or remedies found around the home can produce interesting crystal formations to study using crossed polars.

Using a Canon EOS M50 as a dedicated, afocal, microscope camera - revisited - Steve Neeley (USA) share his further experiences of this system illustrated with examples of its use and imagery. The potential to use the camera's 4K feature is explored. PDF

Powering lights for microscopy - Les May (UK) describes a suitable power supply sourced from old equipment suitable for when using LEDs for microscopy. PDF

Random reflections by Mrs. Malaprop gathered over the years: A lecture–Mrs. Malaprop with the reluctant assistance of Rheinold Harvey who writes under the pseudonym - Richard L. Howey (USA) shares an essay from this regular correspondent.

Micscape Topical Tip: Improving the action of some basic rotating stages. Using the Nikon Eclipse 600 model as an example - David Walker (UK) explores simple approaches for a model without a true stage bearing.

     

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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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