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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 202: August 2012.
Next update September 13th.

Image right: White-spotted leaf beetle ventral view with post mortem changes by R. Jordan Kreindler.



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Issue 202 - August 2012 : Articles this month

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David Walker
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Maurice Smith

The stereo microscope. Part 2b - Greenough microscopes - R. Jordan Kreindler (USA) continues his series on this important instrument. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Sections showing development of the tadpole - Mike Morgan (UK) illustrates images of sections he has prepared showing this organism.

Skulduggery amongst the microscopists - Peter Paisley (Australia) unearths a controversy amongst some slide preparers. (In doc format.)

A close up view of the dotted hawthorn - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores this attractive tree on the macro and microscopic scale.

Victorian rambles - part III. A selection of prepared slides of crystals - David Walker (UK) shares a selection of older slides showing subjects 'For the Polariscope' with notes on historical aspects of the chemicals' use.

From the archives: A quiet midsummer issue, so a few articles from past issues are offered below. All past issues can be accessed from link at base of index, and are categorised by topic in the Library.
The excellent Leitz microscopes with black enamel finish - by Gregor and Normand Overney (USA). Now in its seventh edition, this is an extensive 23 page and heavily illustrated survey of these important and widely used microscopes. With attractive 'key' to help identify a model. In Acrobat pdf format for download.
Circular oblique lighting, part I - by Paul James, UK. The first of this multipart series, with links to later parts, where the author highlights the value of this, to some extent until recently, less well used form of lighting.
Natural asphyxia - Richard Howey (USA) discusses gentle methods of relaxing delicate aquatic organisms.

Safe microscopic techniques for amateurs. I - Mounting microscopic objects, part 1 - Introduction - liquid media - Walter Dioni (Mexico) in his multipart series, reviews microtechniques involved in slide preparation and assesses readily available alternatives and their efficacy.

A compilation of LOMO microscope resources on Micscape - links to the variety of articles submitted by contributors which discuss servicing and using this popular microscope.

The strange and the beautiful - Ian Walker (UK) explores the oddities that can be found on a slide such as bubbles, edge of slide artifacts and also some classic subjects for the microscope.

In Focus:
The freeware E.L.M.I
, a sophisticated image database and capture program, is now available in a new release; new features include improved support for remote capture with Canon DSLRs. Thank you to the software author Prof. Gerhard Kauer for the information. 

2013 LifeSciences Calendar showing striking SEM images is now available. Thank you to Dieter for the information.

We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it! Have a chat with us , to see how we can help share your interests. Submission guidelines .
Look for that elusive article on our site:
Micscape Magazine past issues online
(read articles online using the original illustrated index for each month).
Article Library (browse articles by category)
Automated Search (a search engine for keyword searches in all articles)
Contributor index (a list of all Micscape contributors to date)
News - special notices - misc.


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.photomacrography.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. (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
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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

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