MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 267 : June 2018 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue July 13th 2018.

Above. Cooke microscopes,
image by Peter Guidotti.

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The Cooke M25 series microscopes - Peter Guidotti (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this model series from a noted British maker. PDF

A padded storage box for microscope condensers - Carl Hunsinger (USA) describes and illustrates how to build this useful container from good value, readily available components. PDF

Benzoic acid crystals - Ruud Herold (Netherlands) shows examples created by direct sublimation with the aid of a Peltier plate. PDF

Cyanobacteria - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) illustrates examples from pond life samples kept for some time. PDF

Micscape Lite: Microscopy enthusiasts sharing their other interests.

Near infrared gallery: An urban walk in Huddersfield, a northern England town - David Walker (UK) shares scenes from walks near to his home taken using a home modified Sony S75 camera.

From the archives: A quiet month's edition so below are the Contents from the May 2008 issue.

Macrophotography of soap bubbles - Michael Much (USA) presents some attractive examples with details on how to prepare the soap films and photograph them.

Microscopic Miracles. Chapter 2 - Dinoflagellates - Cheryl Gilpin (USA) describes and illustrates examples of these microorganisms.

Dispersion staining - Robert Pavlis (USA) provides an introduction to this technique and shows an example of its application.

Microcitations. An annotated collection of microscopic footnotes - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Lazaros C. Triarhou (Greece) share some interesting reflections on microscopy from past and present.

A close-up view of the anemone - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

Another microscope camera review - Bill Resch (USA) assesses a camera commonly available on eBay.

Nineteenth century British microscopy and natural history: Part 5 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series on fascinating aspects of old journals.

Customizing a stereo 'scope for archaeological studies - Ian MacGregor (Canada) describes modifications to his Zeiss stereo and shows a design for a homemade subject manipulator.

Off-axis COL update - Paul James (UK) shares observations on his further studies of a variant of COL using a 40x objective in particular.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'common mallow' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this wildflower on the macro and microscopic scale.

A crystalline herbal and bestiary: A journey to an alien world Part 4 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his illustrated fantasy where the author visits an alien planet with a local host describing its exotic fauna and flora.

Gallery: Further images of whole insect mounts and other arthropods - David Walker (UK) uses a 35 mm film scanner to image large subjects mounted on microscope slides.



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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 microscopy enthusiast website, forum and 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 mainly in Italian. Now at www.funsci.it Earlier English articles on the Wayback Machine site mirror of www.funsci.com.
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
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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