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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 114: April 2005.
Next update May 13th.


Image of Penicillium mold cultured from airborne spores, by Bill Dembowski.


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A backyard mini-project: Airborne fungi - Bill Dembowski (USA) shares results of a fascinating project collecting, culturing and studying this type of fungi.

Photomicrography trials with a Meade LPI (Lunar Planetary Imager) digital camera - Bill Resch (USA) shares his interesting results and experiences of using this type of camera.

A selection of Victorian papered microscope slides - Barry Miller (USA) presents an attractive selection of slides made by some of the famous mounters.

A home-made, light-weight field microscope - Chuck Huck (USA) describes an ingenious design using cheap items that can be found in junk shops.

Advanced notes on water immersion lenses. Part 1: Introduction - René van Wezel (UK) shares a fascinating overview of this type of objective with a look at current and older designs and their performance. Includes images by Mervyn Hobden and a compilation of a valuable historical notes/discussion offered to the Yahoo Microscope group by James Solliday, Mervyn Hobden and Aubrey Scoon.

Copper salts, ciliates, and a taxonomic puzzle - Richard Howey (UK) shares his valuable experiences with relaxants for studying protists and attempts to identify a Spirostomum species.

A personal review of a Smith & Beck microscope ca. 1856 - Ian Walker (UK) presents a review of this microscope in use which was a model favoured by Carpenter.

Microscopy puzzle in an English church - David Walker (UK) is intrigued by the microscope depicted in a stained glass window dedicated to the Rev. Benjamin John Corder.

A close-up view of the bird's-nest weed Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing that common wild plants offer plenty of interest when studied on the macro and microscopic level.

A case for thin coverslips - Paul James (UK) illustrates how to measure coverslip thickness and discusses why it is an important criteria when using higher NA objectives.

Notes on the trial repair of a microscope objective ca. 1860's - David Walker (UK) shares his cautious attempts to repair an unusable old objective.


In focus: 'Biologists discover carnivorous fairy shrimp' article on 'NPR' website. Great to see that even new species of macro invertebrates remain to be discovered in the USA, in this case in the Idaho desert. Thanks to David Goldstein (USA) for spotting this link.

Image stacking: The good folk over on www.amateurmicrography.net are discussing and sharing impressive results using the image stacking software 'Helicon Focus' to improve depth of field. Thanks to the website's administrator Tom Webster for highlighting these findings on the 'Yahoo Microscope' forum.

Frank Rowntree meeting, 4th June, 2005, UK  - details of this popular and very successful annual meeting are in the 'News' section below. Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.


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    Send us your news and meeting notices of interest to optical microscopy enthusiasts and we will be pleased to share them.

    The Frank Rowntree meeting held by the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 4th June 2005 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.)

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

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www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles 
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Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
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Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
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Modern Microscopy
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Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
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