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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 187: May 2011.
Next update June 13th.


Image left: 'Baker's original Moginie-style field microscope',
image by R Jordan Kreindler and Yuval Goren.



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Issue 187 - May 2011 : Articles this month

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Baker's traveller's microscopes *- R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) present an illustrated essay on these versatile field microscopes. (In Acrobat® pdf format.) Update February 2017. The link is now to the authors' extensively updated second edition.

William Webb, microscopical engraver (1815-188) *- Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates examples by this famous preparer of 'microwriting' slides. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Y.A.L.L.S - Yet another LED light source *- Michael Race (Australia) describes and illustrates a microscope lighting conversion using a commercially available LED light source. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Quartz wedge project - Alex Cummins (UK) describes and illustrates the repair of an example of this accessory.

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 6 - Concerning cameras - Paul James (UK) discusses aspects of digital camera choice, with particular reference to positive experiences with a Sony NEX3 micro four-thirds sensor camera.

A close-up view of the 'Mountain Ash' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this tree.

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Fixing with hot water and staining with brilliant blue FCF - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.

The use of “Brillant Blue #1” as a nuclear dye useful for amateur microscopists, and notes on Fast Green FCF - a companion article to the above by Walter Dioni (Mexico).

Converting a Swift microscope to a hybrid polarizing microscope - Michael Reese Much (USA) shares a project to convert the 'Collegiate 400' model to permit polarisation studies.

The quest for spicules, part 1 - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay describing the sources and preparation of these attractive subjects for the microscope.

A close-up view of a prairie mallow hybrid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.

Victorian rambles II - three 'injected' microscope slide preparations - David Walker (UK) looks at three examples of this type of antique slide, including one by Alexander Hett, a notable maker of this type of slide. 



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The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society will take place on Sat. 4th June 2011 in Morley nr. Leeds, UK. Details and contacts are in this text file. (Editor's note: Information kindly supplied by Mike Smith.)

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.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' 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
Beyond Magazine science, microscopy for youngsters
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
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
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 a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects 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

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

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