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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 90: April 2003.
Next update May 13th.

The image above shows a crystallised 'liquid toothache' medication between 'crossed polars'. 
Image by Richard Howey.

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Safe microscopic techniques for amateurs. Mounting microscopic subjects. Part 3b - Mixed mounting media - In part B of this four part article, Walter Dioni (Mexico) assesses PVA-lactic acid and PVA-glycerol based mountants that can be safely prepared and used by the amateur. 

Metallographic imaging with homebuilt instruments - Ted Clarke (USA) shares his ingenious and elegant designs for metallurgy studies; illustrated with examples comparing epi objectives with standard objectives.

Micro-Art gallery #1 - crystals - Richard Howey (USA) shares a stunning selection of images that can be obtained with chemicals available in the home when viewed between crossed polarisation filters.

Exploration of the human spinal cord - Gregor Overney (USA) presents a fascinating exploration of what can be seen and learnt of the spinal chord structure when studying prepared slides with different staining protocols.

Phase contrast illumination of crystals - 'Crossed polars' is probably the first choice of illumination chosen for crystals, but in this article, Brian Johnston (Canada) shows that under phase contrast certain crystals and slides can give some superb results.

Image gallery: Diatoms from my slide collection. Part 2 - Ian Walker (UK) shares a second selection of attractive images from prepared slides he has acquired. Images are taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500.

When the light goes out - Paul James (UK) shares some simple but functional designs for temporary or permanent light sources/mounts when a specialist microscope bulb fails, using the Wild M20 stand as an example. He shows that simple torch bulbs can be quite sufficient for much visual work.

Image gallery: Spring time colours in England - Ian Walker (UK) shares a selection of macro images taken on a Nikon Coolpix 4500 which reflect springtime in the north of England where he lives.

Enjoying old slides II - Dave Walker (UK) shares a second selection of old slides he has enjoyed viewing. He tries the popular software program CombineZ to image some difficult to photograph thick specimens.

Enthusiasts' web sites in focus

Peter Wolff has an informative illustrated article on his experiences of flatbed scanner macroscopy on his web site www.photographical.net. The site includes plenty of tips and other examples of the author's excellent photography.

David Young, a regular contributor to Micscape, is building up his own web site with a special emphasis on his interest in amateur myrmecology (studying ants).

Editor's note: Micscape would be pleased to hear of readers' own web sites which have microscopy / macroscopy content of interest to the enthusiast. 

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Microscopy meeting announcements (UK):
A combined Spring Meeting of microscopists of the PMS and QMC will be held at the Village Hall (opposite the Parish Church) Langton Matravers Near Swanage Dorset on Saturday the 10th of May from 10 am until 4 pm. The meeting is open to all and several local naturalists also attend including children. Lunch can be enjoyed at a choice of several establishments in the village.
Previous meetings may be viewed on the QMC website
Exhibitors are charged £3.50 which includes tea, bookable asap from Derek Stevens at derek@dcstevens.feeeserve.co.uk.  Casual visitors are admitted free of charge. Questions to: Brian Darnton. brian@darnton.freeserve.co.uk
(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Brian Darnton)

The Frank Rowntree meeting held by the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 7th June 2003 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. The venue is the same as for the last few years. Interested persons should send a sae to Mike Smith below or contact him by e-mail. His postal address is 10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6SH.
Email: mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo.co.uk
(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

Diatom Database on CD-ROM. Klaus Kemp, well known for his superb prepared microscope slides of diatoms and butterfly scales, has completed after four years work an impressive and very extensive diatom database. Visit his web site www.diatoms.co.uk (follow the 'New' logo) to learn more about this very significant new resource for diatom identification.

'Mac OS' software for the Intel Play QX3® computer microscope. The popular QX3 digital microscope can be used on the Mac using the third party software 'MiXscope 1.2' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit his home page to learn more and download the free software.

'A catalogue of portable microscopes' on CD-ROM compiled by Mike Dingley is now available from the author. Click here for details and how to order. Mike has a special interest in portable microscopes and has created this CD as a valuable resource.

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