MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 231 : July 2015   (ISSN 1365 - 070x)     Monthly, next issue August 13th 2015.

Image of the algae Pediastrum
 by Anthony Thomas.

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Winter is for microscopy II. Multicellular algae - Anthony Thomas (Canada) discusses and illustrates some algae that can be commonly found in the colder months. PDF

Review. Amscope metallurgical trinocular microscope - Michael Reese Much (USA) assesses this model which he has owned for three years, supplied by a major importer and distributor of microscopes in the USA. PDF

'The Variety of Life: A survey and a celebration of all of the creatures that have ever lived' by Colin Tudge - Dale Jeffrey (Canada) reviews an accessible and invaluable book first published in 2000.

Two microscopy videos. I - Common methods to prepare subjects for the microscope. II - 'Microbe Hunters' by Paul de Kruif 1926. A look at a classic book. - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) explores the typical video techniques offered in software to present two microscopy themed videos.

Papered, bone and other exotic slides: A bit of history, Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series where he discusses and illustrates slide presentation methods using examples from his own collection.

Oil immersion condensers - Robert Pavlis (USA) summarises some basic theory and provides some hints and tips on their use. PDF

Psolus: A sea cucumber with scales - Richard Howey (USA) explores the fascinating macro and microscopic features of this marine organism.

    In Focus:
    We have added Willem Cramer's website www.willemsmicroscope.com to the links below. Willem is a microscopy enthusiast based in Holland who has compiled an attractively presented website with a range of resources. Thank you to Willem for the information.

    The Quekett Microscopical Club at www.quekett.org have added a number of valuable leaflets and booklets especially suited to the beginner to their free downloads section. Thank you to Alan Wood, the site webmaster for the information via the Yahoo microscope forum.


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!

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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 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
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website

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