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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 136: February 2007.
Next update Mar. 13th. 


Image left: Ted Clarke's neat homemade support for using an Olympus
DSLR with a binocular stereo microscope.


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 Feb. 15th. downloadable version now online. See 'Archive' link below.

    In focus:  

    BBC News website 'White beetle dazzles scientists' The striking whiteness of a S. E. Asian beetle in the genus Cyphochilus prompted scientists to study its 'unique' scale structure and their findings may provide ideas for industral applications where achieving whiteness is important. The BBC News item highlights the scientists' work and the original paper 'Brilliant whiteness in ultrathin beetle scales' by P. Vukusic, P. Hallam and J. Noyes in Science Magazine Jan. 19th 2007 (local pdf copy courtesy of P. Vukusic). Images of the beetle and its scales below have been generously supplied by one of the scientists Dr Peter Kuvusic, (images not to be further distributed). Also see Dr Peter Vukusic's research page on the University of Exeter website.

    Click images below to view larger.

    Images of the beetle and one of the scientists involved.

    Images show the scales at increasing mag: two optical images and far right by SEM.

    Microscopy-UK International Image Gallery: Thank you to the early supporters of the free new image gallery, there's a variety of interesting images to enjoy.

    Webcam video / still capture software with calibration function: Marien van Westen, an amateur microscopist, has written a valuable webcam software package, who writes: 'I have written a piece of software to use a webcam with a microscope, capture images to disk and (after calibration) perform measurements on the photos. I want to make the software (with source code!) available to your users.'  It is freeware and available from her website. With thanks to the author for drawing it to our notice.

    Reading (UK) Convention: This popular annual meeting for microscopy enthusiasts will take place on March 10th. Please click links for programme and registration. Details kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.


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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 
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)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Microscopio' for Spanish speakers

'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

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

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