MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 237 : December 2015 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue January 13th 2016.

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.


Detail of a diatom frustule using a LOMO 20X apo objective. Image by Bill Resch.

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Taking pictures of the same subject using different microscopes - Bill Resch (USA) compares the results under a range of microscopes, from a toy to professional models. PDF

Household microscopy Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series where he explores potential subjects in the home. This month, further chemicals found from around the house are explored.

DIY laser microscope -  Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) shows how a laser pointer can be used as a simple projection microscope. PDF

A non-Rorschach holiday disassociation test - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun video for the holiday season.

Oblique illumination - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) illustrates how this simple but effective technique can be createdPDF

From the archives: Theme this month, reviews of classic or recent microscopes. For a full alphabetical list by maker see the Library Microscopes section.

The Cycloptic® AO (American optical) CMO stereo microscope by R Jordan Kreindler (USA) April 2013 PDF

The impressive Bausch and Lomb research microscope DDE by Manuel del Cerro (USA) March 2007

The Zeiss Photomicroscope I by Paul James (UK) July 2001 and Photomicroscope III by David Walker (UK) November 2007

The Vickers M75 microscope by David Harries July 2010

Carl Zeiss Axiostar binocular microscope. A personal review by Ian Walker (UK) November 2004

Wild stereomicroscopes by R Jordan Kreindler (USA) November 2014 PDF

The Olympus CH2 CHSP polarizing microscope September 2014 by Greg McHone (Canada)

Nikon S series microscopes by Robert Pavlis (USA) July 2007

The Leitz Dialux 1. The poor man's Ortholux? by Paul James (UK) January 2006

The Leica M420 macroscope by Ron Neumeyer (Canada) July 2005

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!

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)
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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 (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.
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 .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
Stefano Barone's website shares his interests including 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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