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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 189: July 2011.
Next update August 13th.


Image left: stained example of a myxomycete by Manuel del Cerro and Dietmar R. Krause.



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Issue 189 - July 2011 : Articles this month

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Is it an animal? Is it a plant? Is it a myxomycete?
Manuel del Cerro and Dietmar R. Krause (USA) investigate a chance find in a country park.

Through the looking glass. (With apologies to Lewis Carroll) - Michael Race (Australia) reviews the appeal of using a mirror for microscopy with daylight or artificial lighting.

The great age of the Taschenmikroskop, part 1 - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) presents an illustrated essay on selected designs of pocket microscopes with a modern assessment of their use. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Sony NEX and Panasonic GF2 [G Series] digital cameras. 'Giving life to old and new manual lenses'. With notes on lens adapters and macro close up lenses - the short sensor to lens mount flange distance of these modern cameras allows a wide variety of makers' lenses / mounts to be used; Ian Walker (UK) explores the potential.

A close-up view of a flowering begonia - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

Philosophical instruments in the early Victorian years: The 1840 Edward Palmer Catalogue of Microscopes and other Equipment and Supplies - Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates aspects of Edward Palmer's catalogue which is one of the earliest published that is accessible. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 8 - wrestling with nature's tremblings - Paul James (UK) discusses potential problems with the camera vibration of mirrorless cameras and offers solutions, with particular reference to a Sony NEX camera.

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Fixing with acetic acid - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.

Some ramblings on micro-technique. Part 1: Spring ponds and ditches - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay providing practical advice on this popular aspect of the microscopy hobby.

A close-up view of a hybrid stonecrop - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.

Forays into fluorescence - 6. Trials of studying autofluorescence with a stereo microscope using blue or near UV LED excitation - David Walker (UK) assesses a simple DIY set-up to explore various potential subjects.


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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.

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, 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 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

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

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