MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 209 - March 2013 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

Leaf cutting bee, Megachile sp.,
by David Richman.

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Ants, bees and wasps - by David Richman (USA) PDF

Adapting digital point-and-shoot cameras to Olympus microscopes - J Gregory McHone (USA) PDF

Puzzles, enigmas and perplexities. Part 1 of an infinite number of parts - Richard Howey (USA)

A close up view of the deadnettle hybrid 'Purple Dragon' - Brian Johnston (Canada)

LED lighting for a stereo microscope - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) PDF

Sting of a wasp - Anthony Thomas (Canada) PDF

A gallery of diatoms depicted on postage stamps. Based on the list compiled by Mark B Edlund - David Walker (UK)

In Focus: The Micscape Index layout has been revised to make better use of a single screen view on smaller computers and tablets with modest vertical pixel count as these models are becoming increasingly popular.

The Quekett Microscopical Club has an attractive new website design detailing the range of benefits to members and also offers a variety of resources to all website visitors.

Secchi App and Global Secchi Disk Project Sailors are being encouraged to participate in this project to provide vital information on the state of phytoplankton worldwide. The Secchi disc is very easy to make and use; results can be uploaded via a free App when back in port. Details at www.secchidisk.org. Guardian newspaper report here. Free images are available on Dropbox to advertise the project and to learn about the Secchi disk and its use. Poster to advertise project here. Thank you to the project leader Richard Kirby for the information.

The finest microscope equipment ... or a wine cellar? The sharp-eyed author D S Spence in his regular series 'From My Notebook' for the journal 'The Microscope' 1951, vol. 8,, no. 6, p.152 in an item headed 'A Disappointed Microscopist?' quoted an intriguing advert in an 1890 'Science Gossip' and wondered what made this Victorian microscopist so 'downcast' with the hobby. The original advert is shown below. It can't have been for lack of the finest equipment; £200 in 1890 was equivalent to over £21 000 in 2012 (Bank of England's inflation calculator)!

     Science Gossip, 1890, Vol. XXVI, p. 192.

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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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.
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 November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
P (started Apr 2005)
Wild M20 microscope
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. 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
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
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 by Ely Silk 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
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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