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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 159: January 2009.
Next update February 13th. 


Image right: caterpillar with setae,
image by Ray Dessy.




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Issue 159 - January 2009 : Articles this month

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    A close-up view of two 'freesia' flower hybrids - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this flower on the macro and microscopic scale.

    Enjoying a Möller 80 form diatom type-slide with a microphotograph setting - David Walker (UK) describes and illustrates a slide by this famous mounter.

    The Olympus BHM metallurgical microscope - Robert Pavlis (USA) describes and illustrates aspects of this microscope in use.

    A tour round a Leitz Diaplan microscope - David Walker (UK) discusses aspects of this lesser known model introduced in 1985, and hopes users / readers will come forward to offer access to copies of manuals or brochures. Updated Feb. 8th with a link to a Leitz brochure and article on the Diaplan very kindly shared by Willem Steurbaut.


    In Focus

    Old microscopy books / journals online

    Internet Archive (Texts) and Google Books aim to share out of copyright old books. Keywords can be entered to search for books of potential interest. Two rarer microscopy related books available in a variety of downloadable formats include:

    Rotifera' by C T Hudson and P H Gosse - two volumes plus supplement. A classic work on this group with stunning plates.

    A treatise on the diatomaceae' by Henri van Heurck - English translation 1896 by W E Baxter. (With thanks to Leszek Wolnik, a Yahoo microscopy forum correspondent, for spotting this). Maybe van Heurck's classic work 'The microscope' may follow.

    'Microscopy, the construction, theory and use of the microscope' by E. Spitta., 3rd edition, 1920. Not a rare book but can be expensive to purchase. This is a mine of info, particularly for enthusiasts interested in studying test diatoms. In the Editor's opinion, Spitta's plates of test diatoms including the toughest, are still hard to match with modern equipment.

    Journal of the Quekett Microscopical Club - Vols. 1 - 5 (1868 - 1879) are to date available on www.archive.org. For enthusiasts seeking the full archive, vols. 1 - 38 (1868 - 1992) on four CDs with comprehensive indexing is available from Savona books and is highly recommended.

    Micam v1.2 - a new release version v1.2 of this very versatile freeware video camera software has been prepared by the writer Marien van Westen. With thanks to Marien for letting us know.

    Microscopy enthusiast websites - many enthusiasts share their enthusiasm for, and studies of, the 'microworld' on their own websites and we are pleased to highlight them.

    'Recent British foraminifera of the Channel' - Brian Darnton's valuable and attractively illustrated resource in a 'blog' format. With thanks to Brian for letting us know.

    Nabil Brandl, Denmark shares his digital imagery using a USB camera on his microscope. With thanks to Nabil for letting us know.

    'Dan's microscope site' - Dan Holloway's microscopy site where he shares some excellent imagery, both still and video of the microscopic aquatic life he studies.

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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November 2008)
' 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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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 attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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