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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 88: February 2003.
Next update March 13th.

The image above is of tomato sauce by Guido Ballabio. It was taken with a Canon G1 digicam / reversed
standard SLR lens mounted over a Russian Biolam microscope.

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Macro and photomicrography with the Canon G1 - Guido Ballabio (Italy) shares some striking images taken with this popular digicam, as well as tips for undertaking this type of imaging with a G1 and a reversed SLR standard lens attached.

Image gallery: Stunning SEM images - James Wetzel (USA) presents some stunning images of both familiar and less familiar subjects taken using an SEM, with post image processing to give dramatic effects.

Autocolony formation. Asexual reproduction in Pediastrum - Chitchai Chantangsi (Thailand) describes the intriguing formation of colonies in these algae, illustrated with impressive images. Presented in the wider context as an example of where reproduction and survival are key features of all organisms.

Techniques for drawing botanical subjects under the microscope - Christina Brodie (UK) follows on from her recent image galleries with a valuable introduction to the materials, techniques and tips for this type of drawing.

Image gallery: Diatoms from my slide collection (Part I) - Ian Walker (UK) presents attractive images of diatoms from his collection of slides taken using a Nikon Coolpix 4500.

Desmids, conjugating algae - Bill Ells (UK) describes and illustrates some of the attractive desmid species that conjugate to form zygospores.

Image gallery: Coolpix 995 photomicrographs - Gordon Couger (USA) presents an interesting selection of images mainly taken with the Nikon Coolpix 995, some of them using DIC.

Cicrcular oblique lighting. Part 3. Some final odds and ends - Paul James (UK) concludes this series of articles by describing a neat way of making the annular filter rings and also shares some lasting impressions of subjects he has viewed with this sort of lighting.

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Microscopy meeting announcements (UK):

The Frank Rowntree meeting held by the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 7th June 2003 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. The venue is the same as for the last few years. Interested persons should send a sae to Mike Smith below or contact him by e-mail. His postal address is 
10 Moor Allerton Crescent
LS17 6SH
Email: mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo.co.uk

(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

The Reading Convention 2003 which is an 'open meeting for all microscopists', and organised by the Reading Microscopical Society, will be held on March 15th 2003. Meeting details and booking form are here

(Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.)

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Diatom Database on CD-ROM. Klaus Kemp, well known for his superb prepared microscope slides of diatoms and butterfly scales, has completed after four years work an impressive and very extensive diatom database. Visit his web site www.diatoms.co.uk (follow the 'New' logo) to learn more about this very significant new resource for diatom identification.

'Mac OS' software for the Intel Play QX3® computer microscope. The popular QX3 digital microscope can be used on the Mac using the third party software 'MiXscope 1.2' which Eric Hangstefer has written. Visit his home page to learn more and download the free software.

'A catalogue of portable microscopes' on CD-ROM compiled by Mike Dingley is now available from the author. Click here for details and how to order. Mike has a special interest in portable microscopes and has created this CD as a valuable resource.

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