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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 200: June 2012.
Next update July 13th.


Image above, '200' with Euglena and Volvox by Wim van Egmond. Images below. Snippets from each contributor's article to the June anniversary issue.

    Early CMO stereo, 1853, Grunow. Jordan Kreindler. Zeiss Stand W with Optovar. Fritz Schulze. William Norman mounter. Peter Paisley. Chinese Pagoda Primrose. Brian Johnston.

    Mrs Malaprop & 200th issue. Richard Howey.

    SHL 18th & 19th C. slide making kit review. Ian Walker.

    Thin sections mounted on mica? Richard Howey.

    Silk moth scale study after Leeuwenhoek. David Walker.




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Issue 200 - June 2012 : Articles this month

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The stereo microscope. Part 1 - Introduction and background - Jordan Kreindler (USA) shares a new expanded 3rd edition of his review of this important instrument.

The Carl Zeiss Optovar - Fritz Schulze (Canada) discusses the design and use of this feature seen on many Zeiss microscopes.

Uncle Will: Another dimension - Peter Paisley (Australia) discusses and illustrates the work of William Joseph Norman, part of the Norman family of slide mounters. (In doc format.)

A close up view of a Chinese Pagoda Primrose - Brian Johnston (USA) explores this striking plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

Mrs. Malaprop congratulates Micscape on its 200th issue - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun essay.

Science Heritage Ltd [SHL] 'Study & Preparation of Antique Microslides' - Ian Walker UK) reviews the slide making kit offered by SHL to purchase which also forms part of their 'lecture/workshop for 17th, 18th, 19th Century Natural Science Micrology'.

A mystery about micro-technique: Part 1 - Richard Howey (USA) investigates why a selection of prepared thin sections are mounted on thin mica.

Exploring the cultivated silk moth (Bombyx mori). Part 1: The forms and fine structure of the adult wing scales, a subject studied by Leeuwenhoek - David Walker (UK) explores an insect that was one of the earliest to be studied in detail. Leeuwenhoek's observations, including micrometric studies of the wing scale fine structure, were very accurate.

Some issues from the archives, click each link to read the issue in its original format.
All back issues are available from the Issue Index.

Issue no. 20, June 1997. This was the first issue since its inception in November 1995 with a discrete index for that month; earlier issues had the same rolling index.

Issue 50, December 1999.

Issue 100, February 2004.

Issue 150, April 2008.

In Focus: Universal coordinate method for locating light-microscope specimens - Frithjof Sterrenburg and his co-workers Paul Hamilton and David Williams have recently published a paper in the latest issue of 'Diatom Research, 2012, vol. 27, issue 2'. It describes a simple but elegant method of locating a specified subject on a microscope slide so that workers with any microscope with a mechanical stage can refind it. Frithjof invited the Micscape Ed. to try the technique and for locating e.g. small diatoms in busy strews when transferring a slide between two different stands, the technique works very well. For non-affiliated readers, please contact Frithjof <email: fass AT wxs DOT nl> regarding a copy of the paper for personal use.

Expert System for Light Microscopy (E.L.M.I) - is a sophisticated free software package and now available to download after over five years of development. It includes image annotation, image analysis, database and integration with image capture and remote camera control of some Canon DSLRs. E.L.M.I overview page, download page and link to video tutorials (German and English). Software written by Gerhard Kauer who kindly supplied the information.

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 .
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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.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

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

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