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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 207: January 2013.
Next update February 13th.


Image left: The crab Homola barbata (Fabricius, 1793), resized from the drawing by Michel Salaün.


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Issue 207- January 2013 : Articles this month

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Maurice Smith

The process of drawing marine animals - Michel Salaün (France) shares his drawing techniques with examples of the striking illustrations he was commissioned to prepare. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

How the humble stereomicroscope found its way into modern surgery: The Zeiss operating microscope. Part 2 - Fritz Schulze (Canada), a retired Senior Product Specialist with the Medical Division of Zeiss Canada, shares the second and final part of a detailed and illustrated survey of the history of this key instrument. (In Acrobat pdf format.)
Some chelate arthropods - Anthony Thomas (Canada) describes and illustrates examples of this fascinating group. (In Acrobat pdf format.)
Diatoms and microscope optics. Some thoughts - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) comments on the dated taxonomy that persists for some popular test diatoms and other inaccuracies, with particular reference to a recently published book.
A glass "cup" sponge. Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this fascinating organism.
A case for streamlining lighting nomenclature? A personal view - Paul James (UK) presents a case that annular lighting is a none specific term and could be renamed.

The 'Micro-Photoscope' invented by Robert Galland-Mason - Brian Stevenson (USA) illustrates and describes this curious invention. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

John Thomas Redmayne (1846 - 1880) - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this amateur mounter of diatoms. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Henry West, 1825 - 1899, microphotograph slide maker "H.W" - Brian Stevenson (USA) and Steve Gill (UK) present convincing evidence for the correct identity of this slide maker. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

A close up view of a blooming cactus - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores an example of these attractive plants on the macro and microscopic scale.

Micscape Lite - microscopy enthusiasts sharing lighter hearted articles and their other interests.
Contributions welcomed.

A passion for radio. Part 2 - Ian Walker (UK) shares his enthusiasm for retro valve and older transistor radios, both renovating and their use to enjoy the distinct analogue sound.  

The complete guide to independent film production: Small budget - Big movies. Part 2. - Mol Smith (UK) the site co-founder, has spent the last year making a full length feature film on a very tight budget and also 4 'shorts' using a consumer digital SLR. He shares his hard learnt lessons in this multi-part series. In this part he discusses microphones, lighting, filters and reflectors.

Ramapo Lake, a walk to remember - Mel Pollinger (USA) shares an illustrated essay on the attractive macroscopic life that can be found on this walk.

Notes on moving from a Nikon to Canon digital SLR system but retaining and using the Nikkor AI lenses - David Walker (UK) comments on the pros and cons of Nikon F to Canon EOS lens adapters to avoid changing lenses if moving to another camera body.

Comparing the depth of field of two types of flatbed scanner, a CIS and a CCD model - two common type of scanners are compared by David Walker (UK) to illustrate that the correct choice is important if some depth of field is required.

    In Focus:
    New free eBook:
    'Introduction to the Microscopical Study of Diatoms' by the late Robert B McLaughlin. Steve Gill and John Delly have worked hard to expertly edit the author's script to bring it into the public domain. It is over 500 pages and offered as a downloadable pdf as a subset of Klaus Kemp's website where a variety of diatom slides are offered made by Klaus, including the invaluable 8 form test plate.

    The 'Amateur Diatomist' archives are also now available to download from links on the above site and where the current and future issues will also be offered for free. 

    New book: 'A Guide to 1,000 Foraminifera from South-western Pacific: New Caledonia' by Jean-Pierre Debenay. Available from the end of January; the publisher's colour flyer in pdf format can be downloaded here. Thank you to the author for the information.


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.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' 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. (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
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
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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


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