Image of l-arginine crystal melt taken
by Brian Johnston

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 113: March 2005.
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A detachable neck flask technique to sample microinvertebrates from fine grained substrata - Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes a homemade and versatile sampling method for concentrating this type of fauna.

A gallery of l-arginine photomicrographs using a variety of illumination techniques - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares a gallery of striking images from this chemical in a continuation of his series.

Tide pools, pilings and mud flats: a trip to Maine - Richard Howey (USA) reflects on a memorable past trip to a classic marine habitat and describes the fauna and flora which he enjoyed collecting and studying.

Basics of photomacrography - Chuck Huck (USA) presents some guidelines of macro photography including some versatile macro set-ups constructed from readily available optics.

Topical tips 15: Using aquarist test kits for simple analysis of 'pond dipping' samples - David Walker (UK) describes how these kits offer a readily available way of making simple measurements of a water sample's chemistry.

Dealing with the Wild M20's broken 'gearbox'. Plastic gear problems under the stage - Paul James (UK) presents some ingenious but practical options for fixing this classic microscope's stage mechanics based on his own repair experiences.

A personal review of the Moticam 1000 1.3 megapixel digital microscope camera - David Walker (UK) assesses one of the cheapest dedicated microscope cameras with dedicated software.


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