MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 218 - December 2013 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Organised by course instructor Ted Kinsman.

    The site webmasters Maurice Smith and David Walker wish our readers and contributors a very happy Christmas and New Year.
    Thank you for your support this past year.


A Newton Nm1 field microscope with mechanical stage fitted. Image by R. Jordan Kreindler.

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The Nm1 (Newton Microscopes): Part 2 of 2. An in-depth examination and comparison to other folded-optics designs - by R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)  PDF

Microscopy Tutorial - How to sketch the hind leg of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) - Cath Hodsman (UK) DOC

A close up view of the Persian violet - Brian Johnston (Canada)

The weirdest of the weird. (Excluding human beings.) - Richard Howey (USA)

Invasion of the body snatchers - Mol Smith (UK)

Some typical slide rules under the low power microscope - David Walker (UK)  PDF

Meeting notice, Cotswolds (UK) with tutor Cath Hodsman:
A Microscopy Taster Session....A unique opportunity to see into the secret and fascinating world of Lepidoptera and other invertebrates. 7th February 2014. Web page, or download PDF to print.

In Focus:
Cath Hodsman, British Wildlife and Natural History Artist’. Cath is a highly accomplished artist with a particular interest in sharing her enthusiasm and passion for the macro and microscopic world around us. She also offers a variety of art courses—details and dates are on her website together with examples of her stunning artwork, (see her tutorial and meeting link above). In 2014 Cath is especially keen in her 'Year of the Microscope' to promote the wonders of the macro / microscopic life around us via her art, courses and other events.

'Pippa's Progress' is a new series of monthly video tutorials produced by my colleague Mol Smith. Pippa is a 12 year old enthusiast who presents her interest in microscopy in an engaging way. The Introduction and the second video is available now. We hope the series encourages youngsters to explore the microscopic world around them. Use of both the stereo and compound microscope are described, with simple slide preparation procedures, outdoor visits to collect freshwater samples etc. Mol has produced cinema length films and each is professionally shot with an HD option available.

December 2013 articles written by students for
the 'Principles and Applications of Photomacrography' course
offered in the
Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program 2013
at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY State, USA.

Micscape Acknowledgements: Many thanks to all the students over the years for sharing their enthusiasm and skills on such a wonderful variety of topics. Writing an article for Micscape initially formed part of their course as an assignment, which was a neat idea originally proposed by Ted Kinsman the course instructor in 2004 and repeated in most following years. Thanks to Ted for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen. Also thanks to Michael Peres, the dept. head (and course instructor 2009) for his introduction and for maintaining the department's generous collaboration over the years. 

BPC Program Overview by Professor Michael Peres, department head. Visit Professor Peres' website

Course tutor 2013 Ted Kinsman

All articles are in Acrobat pdf format (in order of author name). For readers with slower connections, the file sizes are given in Mbytes.

Right mouse button clicking of an article link and using 'Save As' to local PC can often be a faster download and more reliable than allowing to open in browser.

If you an enjoy an article, email feedback to an author via address in each article would be very welcome.

Animal vision system. Basic facts about animal eyesight. Sarah Alhardi (3.5 Mb)


Succulents. Structure and function. Jace Artichoker (2 Mb)

The chemical composition of minerals. Ashley Atwater (11.5 Mb)


Pieces of time. Jordan Briscoe (12 Mb)

Blood splatter. Angela Childress (2 Mb)


Vivaria. Evan Darling (6.5 Mb)

Stuck in time. A basic knowledge of sea sponges. Nancy Deters (1 Mb)


What's in your grass? Lia Rose DiRico (2 Mb)


The features of the domestic American short hair cat Sam Falgiani (12 Mb) Also in Italian and German.


Beetles. What makes them shine? Casi Fleischman (5 Mb)

The germination of a bean. Lily C Gerhardt (2 Mb)


What you may not know about moths. Lilena LaFranca (7 Mb)

Meeting your aquatic neighbours. Using a field studio to document backyard pond life. Zach Pezzillo (13 Mb)


Virtual imaging. A new way of presenting high resolution images online for educational and scientific purposes. Steven Wilbert (1.3 Mb)

Ferrofluid : A brief overview. Caitlin Williams




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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.
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 November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
P (started Apr 2005)
Wild M20 microscope
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. 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
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
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
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects by Ely Silk 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

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