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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 183: January 2011.
Next update February 13th.


Image left: Diploneis didyma (Ehrenberg) Cleve, one of the attractive diatoms collected by Michael Stringer and photographed by Frithjof Sterrenburg



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Issue 183 - January 2011 : Articles this month

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Phoenix rising. Eclipse and resurrection of a diatom sanctuary - Michael J. Stringer (UK) and Frithjof A.S. Sterrenburg (The Netherlands) describe and illustrate the varied diatom species found on a small island in the Thames estuary.

Mysteries surrounding dried stuff - Richard Howey (USA) describes and illustrates the interesting microscopic subjects found in rehydrated dried marine specimens.

A close-up view of the Shield Fern - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates how attractive and informative the macro and microscopic features of a non-flowering plant can be.

An Argentinian microscope - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Alberto J. Solari (Argentina) describe and illustrate a microscope from a lesser known maker.

.... you want to build a what? - Michael Stubbs-Race (Australia) discusses the general approach to building up a microscope from spare parts.

Bark's winter garden. A peep at life on rotting tree bark - Paul James (UK) explores and illustrates the intriguing fungal life found on these habitats.

The novitiate’s odyssey episode six: How not to see double. Collimating the older Spencer Model 20 Series stereomicroscopes - G Joseph Wilhelm (USA) describes and illustrates a step-by-step guide for repairing this stereo microscope.

Charles Collins, Junior, microscope slide maker (1861 – after 1901) - Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates aspects of the life and work of this professional slide maker.

Using Live View and a television in photomicroscopy - Michael Reese Much (USA) describes and illustrates this valuable feature which is found on many modern consumer digital cameras.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'Field Pennycress' ('Stinkweed') - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

George Arnott Walker Arnott (1799-1868) - Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates aspects of the life and work of this slide maker.


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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.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php 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 November2008)
' 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
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microbe hunter an attractive microscopy enthusiast resource by Oliver Kim
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 a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
'A Cabinet of Curiosities' Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

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

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