MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 221 : March - April 2014 : Articles this issue      (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated bimonthly.

The versatile LOMO OI-10 brightfield / darkfield condenser. Image 
by Thomas Black.

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Please note that this March issue will be the last of the monthly updates and will be bimonthly in future. 
So the next issue will be May 13th.

LOMO OI-10 darkfield / brightfield condenser - Thomas Black, UK PDF

DIY microtome knife sharpener - Michael Reese Much (USA) PDF

Stereomicroscopes: Part 3. Introduction to Greenough Stereomicroscopes: Some early makers and 'black' models (5th Edition) - by R. Jordan Kreindler (USA)  PDF

A close up view of still another 'Parrot Tulip' - Brian Johnston (Canada)

Dissecting a honey bee. Video tutorial made in 1998 by the late Eric Marson (NBS) UK - a 30 minute video transcribed by Mol Smith (UK)

In Focus:
'Pippa's Progress' Part 5. 'Pippa shows her detective skills' by demonstrating how a microscope can be used to identify the raider of her sweet box.
(Pippa is a 12 year old enthusiast who presents her interest in microscopy in an engaging way. We hope the series encourages youngsters to explore the microscopic world around them. Use of both the stereo and compound microscope are described, with simple slide preparation procedures, outdoor visits to collect freshwater samples etc. Produced by Mol Smith who has produced cinema length films and each is professionally shot with an HD option available. Sub-titles for the hard of hearing.)

Projects by Doug Clark (UK). Doug recently contacted Micscape and shared his website at www.paedia.com/ImageStudies.html He presents the results of some ingenious and fascinating projects in macro / microscopy with striking imagery and videos. These include 1) capturing images of the individual droplets ejected from an inkjet printer cartridge, 2) videos of serial sections through plant matter, by using a compound microscope stage aperture as a microtome surface, capturing a series of stills and compiling into a video, 3) the action of paramecia colonies under an electric field (negative galvanotaxis) and 4) a macro / microscopic tour of an exotic butterfly presented as if flying above the surface.

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.
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 (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 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
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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