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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 199: May 2012.
Next update June 13th.



Left: Transverse section of a bovine long bone from a home prepared slide, image by Ulf Griesmann.



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Issue 199 - May 2012 : Articles this month

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Microscopy of bone and step-by-step sample preparation - Ulf Griesmann (USA) presents an illustrated preparation guide and for studying the key features.

Köhler illumination - not again!!! - Fritiz Schulze (Canada) discusses some aspects of this lighting technique.

A WWII vintage AO Spencer metallurgical microscope kit - Michael Much (USA) describes and illustrates this microscope. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Getting ready to go camping - Bill Resch (USA) shares a design for traveling with a microscope and basic accessories. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

The Locquin 'Stabifocal' a microscope in 'no man's land' - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Dietmar R Krause (USA) describe and illustrate this unusual design of microscope. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

New old slides: Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series and shares some examples of old prepared slides which he has acquired.

A bit more about Hume - Peter Paisley (Australia) continues his exploration into the life and work of this slide mounter. (In doc format.)

The Bioscope 500 micro projector - Michael Much (USA) describes and illustrates this ca 1950s microscope. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

More fly (Diptera) mouthparts - Anthony Thomas (Canada) explores insects on the macro and micro scale. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

A close-up view of dwarf mountain laurel - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this plant.

Herbert Joseph Gunnery, 1882 -1978 - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an essay on the 'long and varied life' of this professional slide mounter. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Notes on aspects of the life and work of Frederick William Mills (1868 - 1949) - diatomist - David Walker (UK) presents an essay on a multi-talented man and who lived close to his own home. Addenda added May 24th from information kindly supplied by Brian Davidson.


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News - special notices - misc.

Meeting: "The Leeds Microscopical Society is having its annual meeting in Morley on Sat 2nd June 2012. The theme this year is "Rocks, crystals & polarised light".
Anyone wanting to book a table (sales or display) should contact me at
mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo.co.uk or phone 0113 2935991. Many thanks Mike Smith, Hon Sec." With thanks to Mike 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.photomacrography.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
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
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
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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