MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 238 : January 2016 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue February 13th 2016.

A simple but effective optical design for a substage lamp, both tungsten and LED. Image by Michael Pyshnov.

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A new method of illumination for the microscope - Michael Pyshnov (Canada) shares a simple but effective design for substage lamp optics, both tungsten and LED.

Embracing an old inverted microscope. A saga of refurbishment and thought - Paul James (UK) shares his experiences of refurbishing and using an old inverted Nikon microscope including a replacement design for the failed fine focus.

Darkfield correction - a singular feature of a microscope camera -  Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) shows how this software correction feature can be put to good use. PDF

Rescuing prepared slides - Richard Howey (USA) describes a selection of protocols for various types of slide damage.

Winter is for microscopy III. Some protozoa - Anthony Thomas (Canada) presents some striking illustrations of microorganisms that can be found in winter. PDF

The Spencer 820 microtome - Michael Reese Much (USA) shares his renovation project of an example of this model. PDF

Brightfield illumination. The basics of microscopy. Part 1. - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) presents some fundamentals. PDF

Household microscopy Part 3 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series where he explores potential subjects in the home. This month, further chemicals found from around the house are explored.

    In focus: Notes by David Walker, Micscape Editor.
    Dr Brian Bracegirdle RIP -
    My colleague Mol Smith and I are very sad to learn of the passing away of Dr Bracegirdle aged 82 on Dec. 16th 2015 and offer our sympathies to his wife and family. His contributions to macroscopy, microscopy, related photographic techniques and the history of microscopy were immense and many of his books on these topics have become classics. He will be greatly missed but his invaluable printed legacy will continue for both present and future microscopists to enjoy. I wasn't fortunate to know Dr Bracegirdle, but the personal tribute I can offer, is that of the modern microscopy books in my brother Ian and my extensive collection, Dr Bracegirdle's are by far the most well thumbed. Link to Daily Telegraph Announcements dated Jan. 11th 2016.

    Savona Books (UK) - Many microscopists have long benefited from the professional, efficient and friendly services of Bill Krause at Savona Books who specialised in microscopy and related topics. Bill notes on his website that he was in business for 'nearly forty years'. He has now retired and the bookshop has closed. My colleague Mol Smith and I both offer Bill and family our very best wishes in his retirement.

    Little Imp CDs free online courtesy of Steve Gill - The contents of 66 CDs formerly sold by Savona Books and meticulously compiled by Steve Gill are now free online and hosted here on Microscopy-UK. A wide selection of public domain books and microscope makers' catalogues are offered, many of which are hard to source elsewhere. Many thanks for Steve's generosity.

    Stefano Barone's website - Stefano shares his interests including the sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams. On his regularly updated 'Microworlds' blog he also showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides that he has prepared.

    Nikon Small World in Motion Competition 2015 - first place awarded to Wim van Egmond - Congratulations to our regular contributor Wim who won with his well seen and striking footage of a 'Trachelius ciliate feeding on a Campanella ciliate'.

    The New Yorker article 'Through the Looking Glass. Can a cheap, portable microscope revolutionize global health?' written by Carolyn Kormann, dated Dec. 21st 2015. Describes the single lens paper Foldscope microscope and the work of its project leader Manu Prakash. With thanks to David Goldstein and Richard Howey who both let us know of this article.

    Washington Post 'Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything.' written by Sarah Kaplan dated Jan. 11th 2016. With thanks to David Goldstein who let us know of this article.


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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.
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 collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
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
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
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
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
Stefano Barone's website shares his interests including sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.
Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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