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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 185: March 2011.
Next update April 13th.


Image left: The diatom Lyrella abrupta, a stacked and stitched image by Wulf Herwig.



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Issue 185 - March 2011 : Articles this month

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David Walker
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Maurice Smith

Advanced light photomicrography
Wulf Herwig (Germany) describes his methods of combining depth of focus stacking / stitching software techniques with short wavelength light to create striking imagery of diatom frustules. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Comparison of the Swift FM-31 Portable Field Microscope and an FM-31 Clone - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) assess these two models in different price ranges. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Who invented the 'onion skin' biology lab? - Walter Dioni (Mexico) investigates the history of the use of this readily obtainable subject for education.

Sharing real-time images by instant messenger - Yu Wan (China) shows how this software can be used to interact with fellow enthusiasts.

Mysteries surrounding dried stuff, part 3. A battered Chirodota sea cucumber from the Philippines - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series describing and illustrating the interesting microscopic subjects found in rehydrated dried marine specimens.

The Vickers epi-illuminator - Michael Race (Australia) shows the versatility of this accessory by adapting to a Leitz Laborlux III stand.

A close-up view of a flowering 'Echeveria' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 4 - an update. - Paul James (UK) describes his modification of a Leitz Metallux for macro studies.

Some historic mounts by Henry Deane (1807-1874) - Peter Paisley (Australia) describes and illustrates aspects of the life and work of this mounter.

A close-up view of the Japanese Wood Fern - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this often overlooked wild plant.

Forays into fluorescence - 5. Notes on adapting a Zeiss Photomicroscope (or Universal) to LED sourced epi-fluorescence) - David Walker (UK) describes and illustrates his trials, using blue light autofluorescence as an example. Major update March 19th.

Articles on contributor's websites: Two new articles by Brian Stevenson (USA) on his microscopist.net website describing a Victorian microscope maker and a slide maker: Charles Collins, Sr. and James Tennant.

In Focus:

Micscape contributors - we welcome three new contributors this month which brings the number since we started to 275 from 30 different countries, shown as a bar graph below. A public thank you to them all; the site administrators put the structure in place, but the success of the venture relies heavily on those prepared to share their enthusiasm, experiences and skills; from beginner to expert.

"LifeSciences Calendar is an art calendar of large size presenting colored by Photoshop electron micrographs from biological objects (insects, plants, viruses, bacteria, etc)." Past years examples are also available. Thank you to Dieter Merkel for 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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News - special notices - misc.

The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 4th June 2011 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. Details and contacts are in this text file. (Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

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
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microbe hunter an attractive microscopy enthusiast resource 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
'A Cabinet of Curiosities' Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

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

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