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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 186: April 2011.
Next update May 13th.


Image left: A simple dissection microscope made
by Andy Chick



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The simple dissection microscope: A quick and easy substitute - Andy Chick (UK) illustrates an older example before describing his own effective homemade design (in Acrobat® pdf format).

Forged “antique” microscope slides - A lesson for collectors - Brian Stevenson (USA) illustrates examples of modern forgeries of 'Wheeler' slides that are appearing on eBay.

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Easy and not so easy methods to work with - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 5 - Finally, some loose ends - Paul James (UK) describes the use of variable magnification adaptors for SLR lenses on the macroscope.

A close-up view of the Japanese painted fern - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

Nineteenth century British slide sizes - Peter Paisley (Australia) describes and illustrates the wide variety of microscope slide sizes before and after the adoption of the standard size.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'corn speedwell' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this often attractive wild plant.

Notes on an 'R & J Beck Ltd' replica Rowland diffraction grating - David Walker (UK) studies an example of this antique curio associated with a famous American physicist and presents aspects of its history; replica possibly made by Thomas Thorp. Comparison with examples of modern film gratings included.


In Focus: Yahoo Diatom Forum - a new forum for enthusiasts "intended for those with a serious interest in the study of diatoms".


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The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 4th June 2011 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. Details and contacts are in this text file. (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.

External Microscopy forums:
Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby' P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy' P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo ' ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. W ide 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
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (Hosted by Savona Books).
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 a free monthly microscopy enthusiast magazine edited by Oliver Kim
Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
'A Cabinet of Curiosities' Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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