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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 182: December 2010.
Next update January 13th.


Image left: A festive image by Richard Howey. A mixture of 'Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Borax, and the stain Orange G' between crossed polars.


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Issue 182 - December 2010 : Articles this month

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A holiday gallery
- Richard Howey (USA) shares an attractive selection of images appropriate for the holiday season.

Diatoms from an unusual site in Cuba - Robert McLaughlin (USA) and David Richman (USA) share an article with species list and selected illustrations of the extensive diatoms from this varied habitat.

A close-up view of an Azalea - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive and popular plant.

A different stereo viewer for your prints - Raymond Sloss (UK) shares a simple and practical design.

Life in an old woodworm hole. Further trials with the DIY photomacroscope - Paul James (UK) finds an intriguing fungi and predator in some old wood and uses the photomacroscope to image them.

Laurence Hardman 1808 - 1896 - Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates examples of the work of this amateur and prolific preparer of arranged diatom slides.

Calibrating photo eyepieces on microscopes - Michael Reese Much (USA) shares an illustrated practical guide.

A close-up view of a Bougainvillea hybrid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

In Focus:

Diatoms of the Arid Southwest hosted by New Mexico State University - Rebecca Bixby, Richard Carter, Robert McLaughlin and David Richman are compiling a valuable and attractive resource on the diatoms of 'Arizona, New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas'.

'More than Meets the Eye' Photo Exhibition - Michael Reese Much, one of Micscape's contributors, is presenting a striking print selection of macro images of insects created using stacking techniques at the Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown, PA, US. He used a homemade macrophotography outfit. Follow website link for details.

Dispersion Staining Using a 1.2 - 1.3 NA Cardioid Darkfield Condenser - Ted Clarke has kindly provided a link to his article on this technique presented in the McCrone Research Institute's 'The Microscope Journal'.

New 'Microbe Hunter' magazine for microscopy enthusiasts in Acrobat® pdf format, first issue available.
Oliver Kim on the '
Microbe Hunter' website has started a splendid new venture to produce a standalone, downloadable magazine by and for microscopy enthusiasts. The first 36 page issue is now available and is superbly presented with a lively, interesting variety of articles. Please give this new venture the full support it deserves and which is inviting contributions.


    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 .

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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.

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.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November2008)
' 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 an attractive microscopy enthusiast resource 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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