Take an unused CD, a perspex offcut, CAD software and voilà, one useful rotating stage for lower mag use. Ian Walker shares the design.  

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 117: July 2005.
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The Leica M420 macroscope - Ron Neumeyer (Canada) describes the features of his example of this high quality macroscope with examples of images taken with it.

Notes on using a cheap LED torch on a LOMO stereo microscope and a compound microscope - Les May (UK) shows how a cheap LED torch from the local supermarket works well as incident light for his microscope.

A gallery of salicylic acid photomicrographs (using a variety of illumination techniques) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series to show the attractive images that can be obtained from chemicals using polar, phase and other techniques.

Microscopic fauna; some lifestyles. Part 2. The cockroach as a host - Walter Dioni (Mexico) presents an illustrated look at a cockroach and simple dissection techniques as a prelude to studying its internal parasites.

A simple rotating stage attachment for the Zeiss Axiostar and other biological microscopes - Ian Walker (UK) shares an ingenious design for a robust and elegant rotating stage made from a CD, card and other home materials.

The auxiliary microscope / phase telescope. A short note on a useful device no longer in production - Paul James (UK) describes the R&J Beck example of this versatile accessory.

Notes on digitising and rejuvenating slide film photomicrographs - David Walker (UK) uses a film scanner to obtain usable images from the less successful images he has taken in the past on slide film.

Other additions:
Interactive honey bee - (Addition to site's free image resources.) Large images of parts of the honey bee (Apis) worker, presented in the form of an interactive bee. Compiled by David Walker (UK).

Coming soon:
A review of the Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT) digital SLR for photomicrography. The 350D is the update to the popular Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) and now has mirror lock. A comparative review with the Nikon D50 digital SLR is also planned, this has a CCD sensor cf the CMOS sensor of the Canon.


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www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles 
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'microcosmo' for Italian speaking enthusiasts

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.


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Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

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

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