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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 160: February 2009.
Next update April 13th. 


Image right: The mineral Crocoite, taken by Robert Pavlis.




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Issue 160 - February 2009 : Articles this month

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    Stereo microscopes and minerals - Robert Pavlis (USA) shares examples photographed under the LOMO MBS-10 stereo microscope.

    Alfred P. Wire (1839-1914), Victorian/Edwardian microscopist, entrepreneur, photographer and educator - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on 'quite a remarkable person who excelled at a large number of activities'.

    New Year quiz game, answers to last month's quiz - Richard Howey (UK) reveals the answers to the quiz showing close ups of common household objects.

    Tweakings. Part1: Aligning the Wild M20's phase condenser etc. - Paul James (UK) provides practical advice and procedures for aligning this popular microscope.

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

    The learning curve. My approach to phase contrast. - Michael Stubbs-Race (Australia) shares his experiences of adding phase to his microscope using spare parts.

    Of the polarizing effects with a laptop - Aare Baumer (Estonia) shares a practical project for studing large 'polar active' subjects.

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

    Carl Zeiss 'Jenalumar' microscope - Raymond Sloss (UK) describes the features and performance of this infinity corrected transmitted light and epi-fluorescence microscope.

    Notes on digitising video tapes of microscopy footage - David Walker (UK) tries out a typical cheap VHS to DVD conversion service with notes on editing the files for web use with the freeware, VirtualDub. Example video clip is the live birth of a bdelloid rotifer.


    In Focus

    Charles J. "Chuck" Huck Jr. 1936 - 2009. We are very sad to hear of and report that Chuck Huck, Illinois, USA, a regular contributor to and supporter of Micscape since its early days, passed away at his home on January 3rd 2009, aged 72. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Nancy, and family.
    The Micscape Editor doesn't have the pleasure of meeting many of the site's contributors and supporters but greatly values and appreciates the friendships that are built up by correspondence over the years. Chuck without fail popped-by for an email chat after each new Micscape issue went online to say how much he enjoyed the contributors' articles and to share and swap news of family events and local events. He will be very sadly missed. 
    Added Feb. 25th. Note of passing away and information obtained from the obituary on the website of the 'Warrenville Sentinel", a local paper.

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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News - special notices - misc.   
The popular Annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will be held at Morley, nr Leeds, UK on Sat 6th June 2009.
Interested parties should contact Mike Smith, by 
email or phone/fax
0113 2935991 or write to him at 10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Leeds LS17 6SH. With thanks to Mike for this information.
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.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November 2008)
' 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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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 attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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