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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 176: June 2010.
Next update July 13th.

Image left by Richard Howey: Paramecium stained with Nigrosin to show
the "surface sculpturing of the pellicle".

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Imaging protists. Problems and suggestions
- Richard Howey (USA) provides advice for photographing these potentially tricky subjects.

A close-up view of the 'Origami' columbine - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Microscopists, health, and war against narcotics and terrorism - Walter Dioni (Mexico) comments on the increasing difficulties experienced by enthusiasts when obtaining reagents, with suggestions for future approaches.

An overview of human cells for light microscopists. Part III - human eyes and insect eyes - Mol Smith (UK) continues his multi-part series on the value of 3D modelling in microscopy education.

A convenient method of photomicroscopy - Wan Yu (China) shares simple methods of digital photomicrography using a student microscope.

A 10 minute use of a microscope - Bill Resch (USA) finds good reasons on the microscopic scale for being wary of eating some still 'in date' cooked meat.

Spike's Gallery 4. A selection of images of unicellular organisms - Spike Walker (UK) shares a striking selection of images which illustrate the value of different contrast enhancement techniques.

Safe mounting media for microscopy. Ten years after. Part 2. - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his reassessment of the relative merits of the mountants he described in an earlier series, to see which have good archival properties. This month he assesses gum arabic and other resinous media.

Those other Suter slides - Peter Paisley (Australia) presents convincing evidence for identifying some unattributed slides made by Suter.

A close-up view of the wildflower dandelion - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this wild flower.

Topical tip: Notes on simple direct coupling adapters for attaching digital cameras to microscopes - David Walker (UK) shows some of the commercial designs available for attaching consumer digicams or DSLRs to a microscope; with comments on their relative merits.

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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.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November2008)
' 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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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 attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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