Detail of a marine bryozoan photographed by Jean-Marie Cavanihac using a 2 megapixel $60 'Pen Cam'.

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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 111: January 2005.
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A micro-horoscope for the New Year 2005 - Richard Howey (USA) shares a delightful alternative horoscope with star signs based on microscopic critters and their characteristics.

An overview of bacteria - Matt Emery (UK) presents an illustrated introduction to bacteria and suggests a simple but safe way of studying a selection of types.

Strange new worlds - Ian Walker (UK) experiments with combinations and derivatives of lighting techniques with some common slide subjects to give 'out of this world' type images.

Bryozoans in colour - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) shares his enthusiasm for this fascinating marine group with images and striking video.

Electronic flash system for a microscope - Ron Neumeyer (Canada) describes an effective flash system for his microscope illustrated with excellent examples.

A gallery of caffeine photomicrographs (using a variety of illumination techniques) - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares a stunning selection of images of this chemical with notes on how they were taken.

A demonstration of the use of quarter & whole wave plates to alter the colouration of polarized light photomicrographs - Brian Johnston (Canada) explains and illustrates how polarisation filters can be used creatively to take images of crystals.

Being innovative in microscopy - Chuck Huck (USA) shares how he became interested in microscopy and the pleasure of getting the most out of good basic equipment.

The long working distance objective, a useful aid for pondwater investigations - Paul James (UK) demonstrates the versatility of these objectives for aqueous studies.


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