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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 175: May 2010.
Next update June 13th.

Image left: Wing of a crane fly mounted in glycerine jelly, slide made and photographed by Walter Dioni.

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Safe mounting media for microscopy. Ten years after. - Walter Dioni (Mexico) reassesses the relative merits of the mountants he described in an earlier series, to see which have good archival properties.

Objective alteration to increase contrast - Dan Holloway (USA) illustrates the effect of a reported method of modifying an objective.

The Novitiate’s Odyssey Episode 4: Mingling with organized humanity, specimen gathering and other forms of microscopy Zen - an essay by G. Joseph Wilhelm (USA) continuing his distinctive musings on aspects of microscopy and life.

Forams and oil - Richard Howey (USA) experiments with various oils to penetrate these calcareous shells and similar subjects to improve visibility of their detail under the microscope.

A close-up view of an anemone hybrid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Notes on J.W. Burgess and the Victorian microscope slide makers JWB and JB - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares an illustrated essay on aspects of the work of these slide makers.

Magnitude. The Malady of Modern Times? A sideways perspective of the subliminal forces of evolution - a fascinating essay by Paul James (UK) which reflects on our ability or inability to conceive of the large changes of scale in the world around us.

An overview of human cells for light microscopists. Part II - human skin and human lung - Mol Smith (UK) continues his multi-part series on the value of 3D modelling in microscopy education.

The haemocytometer - Robert Pavlis (USA) discusses the typical structure and uses of this device.

John J. Andrew (1858 - 1927) Father of the Belfast Dental School and Microscopist - Peter Paisley (Australia) presents an illustrated essay on aspects of the life and work of this slide mounter.

A close-up view of the hellebore hybrid 'Walhelivory' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive flowering plant.

Micscape contributors sharing their other interests:

Exploring handheld near infra red photography with a home modified Sony S75 digital camera - David Walker (UK) tries converting a nine year old digicam with little monetary value to rediscover his local countryside in near IR.

In Focus:

Northamptonshire Natural History Society - Annual Exhibition of Microscopy

"Northamptonshire Natural History Society are holding their Annual Exhibition of Microscopy on Sunday, 20th June between 10am and 4.00pm at the Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD. All welcome. As it is Sunday, there is FREE parking around the streets and centre of Northampton. Easy access from the M1 motorway. If you would like to bring an exhibit or sales items you'll need to book a table. Contact Cyril Sampson at cytod AT ntlworld DOT com."

Thank you to Mike Gibson 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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Royal Microscopical Society International Micrograph Competition 2010 - please see the Press Release from the RMS for details. With thanks to Rob Flavin of Cooper Repco Ltd., for the information.

Exhibition: '300 Years of History Under the Microscope' - Press Release from the Royal College of Surgeons, London

"Curious: The Craft of Microscopy is the new exhibition at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 16 February to Saturday 3 July, 2010 will showcase the photography of innovative artist, Susanna Edwards."

Using nine different microscopes dating back to the 18th century, Ms Edwards has photographed a collection of Victorian slides to create a stunning series of natural images. Each photograph, taken as the eye would see through a microscope, documents how developments in microscopy have changed the way we see the world.

The exhibition will include large-scale photographic prints alongside the historic instruments used to capture them, the oldest of which is a 1730s Culpeper microscope. The slides contain a range of natural materials gathered for their aesthetic, scientific and educational qualities. The exhibition provides an opportunity to view objects that are rarely or never seen by the public.".......

........."The exhibition will be supported by a programme of lectures, tours and hands-on workshops that explore the role of microscopes in medicine over the last three centuries. " ......

......"The Hunterian Museum’s accompanying events programme, The Lens of Life has been supported by the Royal Society as part of their 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010. "


Part press release, click here for full copy with more details of the 'Exhibition themes' and 'Key exhibits' list.
With thanks to Heather Casey of the RCS 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.
'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
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
A Cabinet of Curiosities attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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