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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 188: June2011.
Next update July 13th.


Image left: stained section of earthworm by Michael Morgan.



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Issue 188 - June 2011 : Articles this month

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Preparation of some histological sections of the earthworm - Michael Morgan (UK) shares a simple protocol for preparing sections.

Victorian 'live box' microscope. Capability in 40 mm*- R Jordan Kreindler (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this design of microscope. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A precision solution for digital interfacing a Vivitar 8000 series camera to standard microscope stands and 27.8 / 23.2 oculars made from general gardening implements - David Christmass (UK) shares an ingenious conversion for a consumer camera.

Alexander Hett 1807-1870*- Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates examples by this famous preparer of injected slides. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 7 - Installing a high quality low cost imaging objective - Paul James (UK) describes the use of an Olympus 40 mm f3.4 document copying objective available for a few pounds on eBay.

A close-up view of the Newport plum tree - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this tree.

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

The quest for spicules, part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay describing the sources and preparation of these attractive subjects for the microscope.

John Charles Stovin (“JS” / “JCS”), 1814-1896*- Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates examples by this preparer of microphotograph slides. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

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


In Focus: The Cladocera Interest Group (UK) - this group was formed in January 2011 and founded / administered by Adrian Chalkley and Hannah Robson. See site for its aims. Current resources include identification guide advice and a newsletter. The site hosts a splendid set of free to download posters of Norwegian cladocera in Acrobat format, which cover most UK species.

Micscape hosts a free copy in Acrobat® format of the 1984 graphical French guide 'Crustacés Cladocères' courtesy of the author Claude Amoros and the publisher's Société Linnéenne de Lyon which is useful for British workers. See this page for details.


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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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