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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 122: December 2005.
Next update Jan. 13th.


A Christmas 'micro-ornament' digitally derived from a photomicrograph of crystals under crossed polars.
Image by Richard Howey.


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The Wild M20-EB microscope, an overview of a well regarded marque - Ian Walker (UK) describes and illustrates this microscope and how it differs to the standard Wild M20. Includes a selection of homemade filter projects.

A close-up view of the pincushion Protea - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series illustrating the macroscopy and microscopy opportunities of wild flowers, with this attractive flower native to South Africa.

A monastery pond - Howard Webb (USA) shares his pond dipping finds from this pond at an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Michigan.

About magnification and resolution - M Halit Umar (Netherlands) reflects on these two important concepts in microscopy and in a wider context.

A holiday essay: Micro-ornaments: A do-it-yourself kit - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated gallery of festive ornaments made by photo-manipulating images of microscopic subjects.

Cover glass dispenser - Ron Neumeyer (Canada) describes how this ingenious dispenser he purchased works as it provides a possible basis for DIY versions.

The click beetle dismantled - Wim van Egmond (Netherlands) takes a look on the microscopic scale as to what enables the beetle to right itself.

Getting started with a low power microscope - with Christmas presents in mind, David Walker (UK) offers tips on how to use the 20x monocular microscope frequently recommended as a first microscope for youngsters.


In Focus: The results of the 2005 Olympus Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition are online. Congratulations to the winners and hon. mentions.


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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 
www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Microscope' P (>1500 members, very active)
'Microscopes' (almost inactive)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
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'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.


Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers.

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

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

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