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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 151: May 2008.
Next update June 13th. 


Image left: macro photo of a soap bubble film by Michael Much.



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Updated May 16th - the downloadable version of the May Micscape is now online. Please see 'Archives' section below.

Issue 151 - May 2008 : Articles this month

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Micscape Editor:
David Walker
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In focus:

Image permissions, Microscopy-UK hosted images:
We regularly receive third party image permissions which we are pleased to forward to the image owner (if they are not contacted directly) as they retain copyright.
The decision to ask a fee we leave up to the contributor depending on the requester and use, but we were surprised that some major publishing houses have asked for permissions and included a form for signing for image use in multi-thousand print / digital media copies without mentioning any fee.
We suggest that contributors don't agree to free image use from publishers on this basis. Publication quality specialist photography requires skill and potentially expensive equipment and should be acknowledged by publishers in profit making image use.
Micscape Editor after recommendations from Maurice Smith and Wim van Egmond, both freelance photographers.

Gregor and Normand Overney's splendid resource in the March 2008 issue, The Excellent Leitz Microscopes with Black Enamel Finish has been considerably expanded as more information has come to light and now in its fourth and fifth edition online. The visual timeline summary of the models that has been added is particularly impressive.

'Collins Pocket Guide: Freshwater Life, Britain and Northern Europe', by M. Greenhalgh and D. Ovenden, 256pp, 2007, typical street price £14.
Collins are noted for their authoritative and superbly illustrated identification guides. The book primarily covers fauna and flora 'visible to the naked eye' although a small selection of typical microscopic groups are included.
The Micscape Ed. finds the book is an excellent complement to the now out of print classic - 'Collins Field Guide to Freshwater Life', 1986, by R. Fitter and R. Manuel. Visit the publisher's website for a browse inside.

www.pixelsbypaul.com Superb close-ups of sea urchins, images of chameleons and other natural history subjects. Also landscape photography including the states of Wyoming and Colorado. With thanks to Richard Howey for highlighting the web site.


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 .

Micscape Archive
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News - special notices - misc.   

'Microscience 2008 International Conference and Exhibition', details at  www.microscience2008.org.uk. This event, sponsored by the Royal Microscopical Society, takes place at London's ExCel, 23-26th June this year. The event includes the 'RMS Learning Zone' which is free to exhibition visitors, where they can learn about aspects of optical, electron and digital microscopy.  With thanks to Alison Wilson the RMS Exhibitions Manager for the information.

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.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
' 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, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net   articles and other resources

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

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