MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 226 : January - February 2015     (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Future issues monthly, next issue March 13th 2015.

The types of wood section.
Image by Jim Schubert.

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Xylotomy - Jim Schubert (Australia) DOCX (Right click with mouse to save off-line and use office software to view in web format rather than print format. DOCX plug-ins to view in a web browser may not display correctly.)
We welcome a new contributor in this issue. Jim writes: 'I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and have worked as a woodturner for about 30 years and for the last 15 or so, have been experimenting with making slides of different types of wood, initially with the aim of helping with identification of woods, but the process seems to have taken over....... at least for a while. I have made about 1900 slides of about 630 different woods so far. As is obvious from my article, I try to use simple and relatively safe methods with my work.'
Jim also writes that he was encouraged and inspired by the late Walter Dioni and Jim's approaches using a homemade microtome and an easy to obtain water based mountant, presented in this 24 page article, is a fitting tribute to the spirit of Walter's philosophy of amateur microscopy.

How to create interesting microscopy movies - Mol Smith (UK) PDF
Uses a Pippa's Progress video as an example - an extract from the author's book
'Microscopy As A Hobby. A 21st Century Quick Start Guide.'

A brief survey of the Handbook of Protoctista - Richard Howey (USA)
An assessment of a classic book published in 1990 with a discussion of the problems of classifying microorganisms. The second edition will be released at the end of January 2015.
Inspiration and the microverse - Mol Smith (UK)
Reflects on the challenges of encouraging microscopy to all ages in our fast paced modern world. Illustrated with pond life movies submitted by the late Ken Jones, one of our very first Micscape supporters.

An 1830s Cary-Gould style microscope by Carpenter and Westley: Exploring the versatility and optical performance of a popular single lens / compound microscope - David Walker (UK)
Single lens microscopes are very topical with the recent massive publicity on the Foldscope which is currently being assessed by 10 000 beta testers. This article looks at a very popular single lens model from the 19th century.

From the archives: (Reformatted to html from other formats where necessary by Mol Smith)

A novel method for making miniature lenses - Alvaro A de Azevedo (Brazil)

Building a high power pocket simple microscope - Alvaro A de Azevedo (Brazil)

Sting of a wasp - Anthony Thomas (Canada)
A simple low cost conversion of an incandescent-lamp illuminator to power LED - by Dhushan Grujich (Australia)
Two free classic microscopy books for beginners. (Web and pdf format) The US suppliers of science kits of the past often commissioned experienced writers to write excellent illustrated guides. The two below don't really date and are packed full of projects. Courtesy of Andrew Davidhazy II and Martin Scott. PDF versions by Mol Smith.

Site news:
March 5th. Micscape reverting back to monthly from bi-monthly.
A decline in contributions prompted a trial run as a bi-monthly magazine from last March to the present. However, both Mol Smith (parent Microscopy-UK site owner / Micscape co-founder) and myself feel that the magazine works better in the monthly format even for issues where there's relatively few new contributions received.
Over the years we have been online (our twentieth this year), our contributors have provided us with a wealth of topics for enthusiasts with a wide range of skill levels and we often rediscover articles from past issues ourselves in the site library. So in future issues, now monthly, we will share as before all new contributions received since a last issue and will add articles on one or more themes from the Archives.
David Walker, Micscape Editor

February 22nd. Note from site owner Mol Smith:
Our previous server host was creating slow running issues with our site. We have just moved it to a fast dedicated server. This should clear up the frustration we've all had using the site. There is likely to be a few teething problems moving thousands of pages and many more thousands of images. So... if you notice something odd, drop us a line!

Additional notes from Micscape Ed, David Walker.
The new site server is physically in the UK rather than the USA. This means that contributors' occasional implementation of the US 'Fair Use' policy (widely used e.g. by Wikipedia) for third party images is no longer possible.

Moving the site of over 40 000 files and ca. 16 Gbytes was a daunting task for Mol so a public thanks for his very hard work behind the scenes.

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!

Look for that elusive article on our site:
Micscape Magazine past issues online
(read articles online using the original illustrated index for each month).
Article Library (browse articles by category)
Automated Search (a search engine for keyword searches in all articles)
Contributor index (a list of all Micscape contributors to date)
News - special notices - misc.


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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.
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 November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
P (started Apr 2005)
Wild M20 microscope
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. Wide 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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
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
journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects by Ely Silk 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 .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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