MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 220 - February 2014 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

Image of a 'dyed chrysanthemum'
by Brian Johnston.

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A quiet month, so new material is presented in yellow above last month's contents.

A close up view of a 'dyed chrysanthemum' (quilled form) - Brian Johnston (Canada)

Stereomicroscopes: Part 2. Understanding Stereoscopic Vision and the Evolution of Stereoscopic Devices (5th Edition) - by R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)  PDF

My favourite slide - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands)
1843 J W Griffith: “On the Different Modes of Preserving Microscopic Objects” - Brian Stevenson (USA) PDF

Last month's contents

The homemade gem/jewel clamp - Lawrence Hartley (UK) PDF

Digital photography with the low-power microscope - Paul van Beusekom (New Zealand) PDF

The Cary-Gould-Porter optical businesses - Brian Stevenson (USA) PDF

A festive gallery dedicated to dessication. Part 1: Echinoderms - Richard Howey (USA)

A close up view of the stonecrop hybrid 'Iceberg' - Brian Johnston (Canada)

Stereomicroscopes: Part 1. Understanding Stereoscopic Vision and the Evolution of Stereoscopic Devices (5th Edition) - by R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)  PDF ('This new edition features a new organization, further references, additional manufacturers, and new material on previously covered makers.')

Tungsten halogen and white LED lighting compared on a microscope with side by side imagery - David Walker (UK)

'Micscape Lite' - microscopy enthusiasts sharing their other interests:
Collectables with a logarithmic theme - philately, money, trains: Celebrating the 400th anniversary in 2014 of John Napier's logarithms - David Walker (UK)

In Focus:
'Pippa's Progress' Part 4. 'Learning about what we see'. Identifying aquatic microorganisms and studying subjects including prepared slides of paramecia.
(Pippa is a 12 year old enthusiast who presents her interest in microscopy in an engaging way. We hope the series encourages youngsters to explore the microscopic world around them. Use of both the stereo and compound microscope are described, with simple slide preparation procedures, outdoor visits to collect freshwater samples etc. Produced by Mol Smith who has produced cinema length films and each is professionally shot with an HD option available. Sub-titles for the hard of hearing.)

Royal Microscopical Society - 175th Anniversary. The RMS website provides details of the special events that are being planned this year in addition to membership benefits and the range of resources which they offer including 'Outreach' activities.

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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
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
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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