MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 256 : July 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue August 13th 2017.

Above. A range of echinoids.
Image by Richard Howey.

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An assortment of marine invertebrates from the Philippines Part 1: Echinoids - Richard Howey (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this fascinating group of marine organisms.

Some microscopical features of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita -Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) shares an illustrated study of this marine organism, in particular, the sense organ called the rhopalia.

A modified Cheshire’s apertometer for measuring the N.A. of oil immersion objectives - Craig Downing (Canada) describes and illustrates how to construct this useful device and assesses some old and new objectives. PDF

Salvaging a wreck - Fritz Schulze (Canada) shares his project to bring a tatty looking student microscope back into a presentable and usable condition. PDF

Transmitted or reflected illumination, part 2: DIY Lieberkühn mirror - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes how to make effective mirrors for studying opaque materials using household materials. PDF

Micscape Book Review. An Introduction to Digital Photomicrography by Brian Matsumoto and Carol Roullard - David Walker (UK) reviews this attractively presented and good value new book.

Micscape Lite - contributors sharing aspects of their other interests

How to stabilise a bee honey extractor - Mol Smith (UK) shares a practical tip gained while learning the art and science of beekeeping.

    In Focus:

    Galaxy Magazine (August 1952) "Surface Tension" a science fiction short story ca. 35 pp by the late James Blish
    Thank you to the author's wife Judith Blish for bringing it to our attention via Micscape and which I enjoyed reading. For others who may also be unfamiliar, it's a delightful tale where humans reseeding another planet are forced to use the best 
    habitat available ... ponds! They miniaturise and live with accurately described typical microorganisms and there's all sorts of aspects of the story that a microscopist in particular may appreciate. Eager to explore beyond their world some generations after first colonisation, they build a water filled vessel to escape the surface tension of the title. (The magazine series is now in the public domain on www.archive.org. It can be read online or there's download options at the page base including Kindle and pdf.)


    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. Updated June 2016. 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.

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)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

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.
'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
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
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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