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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 184: February 2011.
Next update March 13th.


Image left: Calcium oxalate crystals in the 'third skin' (tunic) of a shallot onion. Image by Walter Dioni.



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Issue 184 - February 2011 : Articles this month

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David Walker
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How many onion skins are there? - Walter Dioni (Mexico) starts a new series describing the microscopic studies and microtechniques that can be undertaken using this versatile and readily obtainable subject.

Mysteries surrounding dried stuff, part 2. A battered Chirodota sea cucumber from the Philippines - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series describing and illustrating the interesting microscopic subjects found in rehydrated dried marine specimens.

A close-up view of the Christmas Fern - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates how attractive and informative the macro and microscopic features of a non-flowering plant can be.

Digiscope adapters as camera mounts in photomicrography - Michael Much (USA) describes and illustrates some common designs and their use.

A closer peep at the titanium implant procedure - Paul James (UK) provides a fascinating 'patient's perspective' with macro images taken by the dentist of this dental technique.

The novitiate’s odyssey episode seven: Bumbling and stumbling into phase contrast, a tour of the Laboval 4 and other assorted ramblings - G Joseph Wilhelm (USA) describes and illustrates his experiences of this technique on the Laboval with doubled phase ring Phv system.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'Garlic Mustard' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this often overlooked wild plant.

Exploring classic insect test objects for the microscope: II - Scales of 'Podura' (springtail) - David Walker (UK) explores an example of this much studied test object with notes on aspects of its extensive history.


In Focus: Updated Feb. 16th.

John Wells (Biosil) RIP - It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing away of John Wells, UK. Tony Williams, a relative, kindly informed us and remarks: 'It is with deep regret that after a short illness John Wells past away on Friday 11th Feb 2011'. The Micscape Editor David Walker had never met John, but my brother Ian and I greatly enjoy the slides which he offered at good value to the enthusiast and educational market.

His professional mounting skills were well known and the wide variety of slides he offered. My colleague Maurice Smith, the site co-founder, met him regularly a few years ago and John generously shared his slide mounting skills which Maurice has presented on our site for readers to learn from John's skills.


The attractive and informative February issue of the 'Microbe Hunter' microscopy enthusiast's magazine is now freely available to download as an Acrobat® pdf file. The Editor Oliver Kim now offers a print on demand colour magazine of each issue for a modest fee.

The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 4th June 2011 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. Details and contacts are in this text file. (Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

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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 on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php 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 November2008)
' 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
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microbe hunter an attractive microscopy enthusiast resource by Oliver Kim
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 a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
'A Cabinet of Curiosities' Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

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

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