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Exploring the miniature world
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5: March 2001.
Next update April 13th.

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Image right, a microscopic bouquet made of butterfly scales, taken by Brian Darnton using the QX3 microscope and built-in lighting (60x objective). See article below. Slide prepared by Klaus Kemp, a well known slide mounter skilled in the art of micromanipulation.


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Hunting micro-aliens: The second voyage - The reader is invited to revisit Prof. Moriarty's lab. to explore as a micronaut some more fearsome creatures from a freshwater pond. Your guide and safety officer is Richard Howey (USA).

From Lanzarote with love: Lichens on a volcanic island - Halit Umar (the Netherlands) shares his fascination for how life takes hold and exists on barren volcanic islands such as the Canaries; prompted by his recent vacation there.

The QX3 computer microscope in Europe - Brian Darnton (UK) shows how versatile this popular microscope is, illustrated with macro and microscopic images and a splendid time-lapse sequence of crystal growth.

A view of the desmid Euastrum spinulosum - Mike Dingley (Australia) illustrates how important it is to study the three dimensional microscopic features when identifying organisms like desmids.

Getting micro-organisms in focus, using 'mouse-over' images with different optical sections - Wim van Egmond (the Netherlands) and Bill Ells (UK) use a neat web page trick to describe and illustrate features revealed in three algae when changing focus.

Marine protozoa - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) describes marine examples of some protozoa more familiar to the freshwater pond dipper. Illustrated with stills and animated gif images.

Images of Myrmica (red) ants taken with an Olympus D-360L digital camera - David Young (USA) shows the macroscopical capabilities of a popular digital camera with single lens temporarily mounted in front.

Topical tips 5 - Chuck Huck (USA) and Ted Clarke (USA) shares some neat tips and tricks of value to the microscopy hobbyist.

If it looks good it is good: Some thoughts and revelations on the humble eyepiece - Paul James (UK) looks at the role of the microscope eyepiece in image formation, with thoughts on the merits of different eyepiece designs.

An interesting 'micro-engineering' slide? - Dave Walker, UK was intrigued by an old slide mount of what appears to be a tiny ball-bearing, and asks what it was used for.

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The 2001 Syllabus of the Kernow Microscopical Society (Cornwall, England) has been kindly supplied by Mike Morgan and is located here.

Advance notice of a microscopy meeting in the UK: The Frank Rowntree meeting is held by Leeds Microscopical Society. It will be at its usual venue in Morley near Leeds on Sat. 2nd June 2001. For details and registration forms people should send an sae, to Mike Smith, 10 Moor Allerton Crescent, Leeds LS176SH, or e-mail Mike in the UK.

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