The tropical sea urchin Heterocentrotus mammilatus. Image by Richard Howey.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 118: August 2005.
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The Canon 350D digital SLR: suitability for photomicrography with the Zeiss Axiostar - Ian Walker (UK) puts Canon's latest budget DSLR through its paces on a modern microscope—with mixed results.

Fitting an AO (American Optical) substage with a Leitz Heine condenser - Steve Neeley (USA) shows how a versatile condenser from Leitz can be neatly adapted to his AO microscope.

Late summer wanderings - Howard Webb (USA) shares some of the microscopic fauna and flora found on a recent pond dip in a local Missouri park.

Macro on the move II - Erin Thomas (USA) shares a second series of macro images and observations on a tour around two western states of the US.

Seeking help identifying a possible flagellate - Hugh Grenfell (New Zealand) would welcome help to identify this possible flagellate cyst found by his master's student.

Calcareous flowers: Tests and cross-sections of sea urchin spines - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay on the intricate beauty of these fascinating structures.

A close-up view of four beggar-ticks: "Devil's", "Tall", "Three-Parted" and "Nodding" - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing striking macro and microscopic images of common wild flowers.

Topical tips 15. Cheap 'n cheerful flash / tungsten lighting combo for a LOMO or similar microscope with a mirror - David Walker (UK) tries a simple but effective set-up which requires no DIY.

The Beck Diamax microscope. A brief look at one of the last stands made in the UK - Paul James (UK) shares his enthusiasm for a solidly made microscope from one of the last UK manufacturers.

Microscopic fauna some lifestyles: Part 3. Endocommensals of the cockroach Periplaneta americana - Walter Dioni (Mexico) in the third part of his series describes how to dissect a cockroach and shows examples of the microfauna found in the digestive system of two specimens.

Macro in the hedgerows. A light hearted essay on two recent photographic trips - Ian Walker (UK) shows how simple close up lenses on a standard 50mm lens can offer plenty of creative photo opportunities with a DSLR on a country walk.

A tour around the 'Micro-Microscope' Model MM02 - David Walker (UK) tries this cleverly designed field / compact model  with medium to high magnification, originally designed for Indian students without access to compound microscopes.




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