MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 227 : March 2015     (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Monthly, next issue April 13th 2015.

J D Möller's 4026 diatom form "Universum Diatomacearum Möllerianum".
Image by Jeff Schoors. Zoom in and explore each species in his article.

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A virtual tour of the 4026 form arranged diatom slide prepared by J D Möller: The "Universum Diatomacearum Möllerianum" - Jef Schoors (Belgium). We welcome a new contributor this month. With the cooperation of the staff at the Botanic Garden Meise, Jef was allowed to photograph, using their Olympus BX53 microscope, the most famous and intricately arranged diatom slide ever made. By stitching 36 images to create a 37 Mbyte 58 Mpixel composite, he shares a virtual tour of this unique slide to species level plus species list with a background article on Möller and his work. Image navigation script using Zoomify by Mol Smith.

DIY DIC in several colours - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico). We welcome a new contributor this month. Alejandro shows how simply made filters for the condenser filter tray can produce DIC type effects. (Multi formats available.)

Streptococcus of yogurt enhanced with several illumination techniques - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico). A safe way of studying a bacterium using a household product. PDF

Constructing high power, low cost LED lighting for stereo microscopes - David Jewsbury (UK). We welcome a new contributor this month. David describes a lighting system that can be made from cheap commercial torches.

How to use the World Diatomite Deposits Geo-location Database - Mol Smith (UK) using resources created by Steve Gill (UK). An ingenious addition to Google Maps developed by Steve Gill provides a map of where diatoms have been found by others and allows new additions by the user.

A Suter miscellany - Peter B Paisley (Australia). With the cooperation of a descendant (Helen Reed) of Suter's sister, an illustrated insight is provided into aspects of the famous mounter Suter's life, work and wider family that has never been reported to date. (Multi formats available.)

Eating tunicates (and crow): A long overdue update - Richard Howey (USA). Feedback on a past article reveals that tunicates can be eaten after all, although perhaps not a dish of first choice.

Mini-Micro-Macro Mounts - Richard Howey (USA). Richard discusses methods of mounting the larger awkwardly sized subjects for microscopy study and invites readers' to offer their own solutions.

Orbyt Design - 3D Modeling, 3D Printed Jewellery & Sculpture - Brett Orams (New Zealand) PDF Brett uses the fine images from sources such as Haeckel of diatoms and radiolaria to create intricate models using the latest high resolution 3D printing techniques at Shapeways. Their lost wax process now permits models in metals such as gold, silver and steel.

Exploring classic insect test objects for the optical microscope: III - The wing scales of Morpho butterfly species - one of the oldest test objects but subject to intense modern research... and revealing an, as yet unsolved, historical puzzle - David Walker (UK) with prepared slide images by Brian Stevenson and Howard Lynk and SEM images by Andrew Syred.

An historical puzzle - the wing scales of 'Morpho menelaus' butterfly species - one of the oldest test objects for the optical microscope. Which species was being used for the earliest scale strews and related curiosities - David Walker (UK) and Howard Lynk (USA).

Less well known microscopists: An occasional series. A short introductory note is offered with a selection of primary and secondary sources.
Beatrix Potter, advanced amateur microscopist - compiled by David Walker (UK). Predating her popularity as a children's story writer and illustrator, she carried out original research on mycology and lichenology using the microscope as well as producing high quality illustrations of other subjects studied under the microscope.

From the archives: (Reformatted to html from other formats where necessary by Mol Smith)  

Germination Of A Bean Photographs and article - Lily C. Gerhardt (USA). One of our most widely read articles written by a student from the 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology, NY macrophotography course. (Multi formats available.)

Wild stereomicroscopes - R Jordan Kreindler (USA). Probably the definitive article written to date on this famous maker's range. (Multiformats avilable.)

Site news:
Micscape reverting back to monthly from bi-monthly.
A decline in contributions prompted a trial run as a bi-monthly magazine from last March to the present. However, both Mol Smith (parent Microscopy-UK site owner / Micscape co-founder) and myself feel that the magazine works better in the monthly format even for issues where there's relatively few new contributions received.
Over the years we have been online (our twentieth this year), our contributors have provided us with a wide variety of topics and we often rediscover articles from past issues ourselves in the site library. So in future issues, now monthly, we will share as before all new contributions received since a last issue and will add articles on one or more themes from the Archives.
David Walker, Micscape Editor

Microscopy-UK site on a faster dedicated server. Note from site owner and founder Mol Smith.
Our previous server host was creating slow running issues with our site. We have just moved it to a fast virtual private server (VPS). This should clear up the frustration we've all had using the site. There is likely to be a few teething problems moving thousands of pages and many more thousands of images. So... if you notice something odd, drop us a line!
Additional notes from Micscape Ed, David Walker.
The new site server is physically located in the UK rather than the USA. This means that contributors' occasional implementation of the US 'Fair Use' policy (widely used e.g. by Wikipedia) for third party images is no longer possible.
Moving the site of over 40 000 files and ca. 16 Gbytes was a daunting task for Mol so a public thanks for his very hard work behind the scenes.

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!

Look for that elusive article on our site:
Micscape Magazine past issues online
(read articles online using the original illustrated index for each month).
Article Library (browse articles by category)
Automated Search (a search engine for keyword searches in all articles)
Contributor index (a list of all Micscape contributors to date)
News - special notices - misc.


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
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
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
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 .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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