MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 208 - February 2013 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

The rotifer Floscularia,
by Jean-Marie Cavanihac.

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Collecting plankton in the Fall - Aquatic habitats in built-up areas. Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France). PDF

High resolution photographs with circular oblique lighting - A variety of species of diatoms. Yannis Tsamouris (Greece).

Book review. 'An introduction to the microscopical study of diatoms.' Robert B. McLaughlin - A recently published free eBook. Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands).

Microscopy and spiders - Use of microscope for identification. Anthony Thomas (Canada). PDF

An imaging conundrum with diatoms - Distinguishing Gyrosigma balticum from similar species. Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands).

And things that go bump in the night: Mini-monsters - Some of his favourites. Richard Howey (USA).

Alfred Charles Tipple 1850 - 1877 - An amateur microscopist and slide maker. Brian Stevenson (USA). PDF

D Bryce Scott 1843 - 1914 - Amateur mounter who used distinctive slide labels. Brian Stevenson (USA). PDF

A close up view of the coneflower hybrid 'Pink Double Delight' - Brian Johnston (Canada).

A note on the Watson 'Philatelic Microscope' designed by W Harold S Cheavin - David Walker (UK)

Microscopy themed maximaphily - a note with examples - Thematic postcards with stamp on front. David Walker (UK)

    In Focus: The Scientific Instrument Society (UK) founded in 1983 has a range of benefits to members including a quarterly journal called the Bulletin. The archive of the first 81 back issues to June 2004 and an index have generously been made available free online to any site visitor. There are a wealth of fascinating papers.

    A new issue of the free e-Zine the 'Amateur Diatomist' is now online, volume 5 part II. Past issues are available in the online archive.

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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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
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD. (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 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
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 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 on Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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