MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 257 : August 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue September 13th 2017.

Above. The Olympus E-P2 digital camera body. Image by Forbes Pettigrew.

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A camera and a microscope—a journey - Forbes Pettigrew (Venezuela) shares his experiences of photomicroscopy using the Olympus E-P2, both body only and in afocal mode. PDF

An assortment of marine invertebrates from the Philippines Part 2: Other echinoderms - Richard Howey (USA) presents part 2 in a series on a fascinating group of marine organisms.

An assortment of marine invertebrates from the Philippines Part 3: Miscellaneous groups - Richard Howey (USA) presents part 3 in a series on fascinating groups of marine organisms.

Epi-polarization part 3: Macro observations, producing epi-polarized light with a lamp and a filter - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes how to introduce birefringent colour effects on opaque objects. PDF

Coins depicting microscopes - David Walker (UK) illustrates a handful of examples which he has come across and wonders if there are more.

From the archives: A quiet summer issue, so the contents of the September 2012 edition are presented below.
David vs Goliath - a tiny parasitoid wasp and its caterpillar host explored by Tony Thomas (Canada). (Acrobat pdf format.)

Playing with the LOMO microscope using different condensers - Bill Resch (USA) illustrates brightfield and darkfield condenser use with diatoms.

Some notes on Watson's early mounters - Peter Paisley (Australia) discusses and illustrates potential early suppliers of prepared slides to the Watson firm. (In doc format.)

A close up view of a foliose lichen - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores a lichen on the macro and microscopic scale.

The stereo microscope. Part 3 - Common main objective stereo microscopes - R. Jordan Kreindler (USA) continues his series on this important instrument. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Resolving Amphipleura pellucida using LED flashlight illuminators - Ted Clarke (USA) illustrates the use of this lighting to resolve this classic test object.

Three illustrated articles on makers of prepared microscope slides by Brian Stevenson (USA). (In Acrobat pdf format.)
Arthur John Doherty 1860 - 1906 - a professional slide maker offering a wide variety of subjects.
Hubert John Gray 1882 - 1963 - a slide maker offering a variety of subjects of variable quality.
Joseph Wellington ca. 1800 - 1864 - a maker who made attractive papered slides of distinctive design.

Pickled Plankton, Polychaetes, Platyhelminths, Phoronids, Pisaster, Porifera, Placozoa, Protozoa, and Pyrosoma - Richard Howey (USA) discusses and illustrates the range of fascinating organisms that can be found in preserved marine samples.

Focus stacking in light microscopy - Michael Much (USA) illustrates the value of stacking for histology subjects.

The Reichert Zetopan and Neozet microscopes - notes and comparisons - Ian Walker (UK) compares the features of the very well documented Zetopan with the rarer but contemporary Neozet.

Exploring the cultivated silk moth Bombyx mori. Part II:  Further microscopical studies of aspects of the life cycle with notes on Leeuwenhoek's observations - David Walker continues an exploration of an insect intensely studied by the early workers. SEM imagery courtesy of Oliver Meckes, 'Eyes of Science'.

Other articles: Reprint from the 'Beyond Magazine', a science e-zine for the young and young at heart edited by the late Marly Cain-Fryman:

On lunar landings ... and scrapbooks - David Walker (UK) reflects on a scrapbook kept when aged 13 and the potential value of modern equivalents.

    In Focus, new book: In Search of Stardust: Amazing Micrometeorites and Their Terrestrial Imposters by Jon Larsen, Voyageur Press, August 2017. Typically £12-53 in hardback (Amazon UK Marketplace sellers currently have it in stock but not Amazon).

    I have just received a copy of this new book and it's a valuable resource for anyone interested in micrometeorites and how to distinguish them from the large number of 'imposters'. It is sumptuously illustrated in colour and B/W (using both an optical microscope and SEM) showing the micrometeorites which he has found and many examples, both natural and manmade, of the likely 'imposters' categorised by their type.

    The author is a citizen scientist with no training in the topic but after some years of careful studies has become an authority in sampling and categorising dust in urban areas. Despite the scepticism shown by some scientists that they could be reliably isolated from urban samples (rather than from the pristine sources usually sampled) he has successfully found micrometeorites with the aid of scientists undertaking corroborating analyses. 

    To the amateur microscopist the 'imposters' could well be as interesting as the much rarer chance of finding a micrometeorite (in urban areas) and the book is effectively a valuable dust atlas. It has inspired me to search the gutter outflows of my own house.

    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!


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External links. Updated June 2016. 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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
Amateur Microscopy P (started November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. Wide 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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
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
journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.

Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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