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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 201: July 2012.
Next update August 13th.

Image right: Detail of an echinoderm spine in darkfield, prepared by Joseph Hardy, photographed by Brian Stevenson.



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Issue 201 - July 2012 : Articles this month

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David Walker
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Joseph Hawarth Hardy, 1842 – 1917 - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an essay on aspects of the life and work of this slide preparer who specialised in the challenging preparation of echinoderm spine cross sections. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

The Novitiate’s Odyssey episode nine: Accessory addiction, an attempt at rational justification - Joseph G Wilhelm (Florida Keys) continues this series on his microscope and microscopy experiences.

John Thomas Norman junior: his career, his mounts, his times and his family - Peter Paisley (Australia) continues his series on the Norman family of slide mounters. (In doc format.)

The stereo microscope. Part 2a - Greenough microscopes - Jordan Kreindler (USA) continues his series on this important instrument. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Thomas Groves, 1862 - after 1920 - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an essay on aspects of the life and work of this slide preparer who specialised in human tissue mounts. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

A close up view of Edelweiss - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores this attractive plant on the macro and microscopic scale. (Editor's note: Congratulations and thank you to Brian as this is his 150th article in a splendid series.)

A mystery about micro-technique: Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his investigation of why a selection of prepared thin sections are mounted on thin mica.

Product review: A 144 LED ring light for the stereo microscope (typical model YK-B144T) - David Walker (UK) shares his experiences of this type of widely available ring light compared with some simpler LED light sources.

In Focus:
A valuable resource on the popular
Cambridge rocking microtome has been compiled by Jorma Valkama including links to online manuals, its history and usage tips. Thank you to Jorma for the information.

Royal Microscopical Society 'infocus' magazine. The RMS offers a selection of free acess articles from their members' magazine. There's a fascinating variety of articles.

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 .
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.

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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