MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 229 : May 2015   (ISSN 1365 - 070x)     Monthly, next issue June 13th 2015.

Equipment needed for faecal egg counts
in horse dung. Image by J. Clark.

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Note on article formats. DOCX is an increasingly popular format which we are pleased to share when it's the contributor's supplied article format. For readers with older WP software that doesn't support it, a PDF link is provided.

My journey into microscopy (a very practical use for my scope) PDF - J. Clark (UK). We welcome a new contributor this month. The author shares experiences of the use of a microscope for learning how to estimate faecal egg counts of worms in the horses owned.

Shifting Paradym? - Dale Jeffrey (Canada). Dale presents an essay that reflects on the impact which the proof of life beyond earth would have on how we view ourselves.

My Micscape experience DOCX- Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico). Alejandro relates how he has found past contributors' articles valuable for his own studies. PDF

Diatom imaging tests of Edmund 60X 0.85 NA and LOMO 30X 0.90 NA objectives - Ted Clark (USA) shares his assessments of two good value objectives using Klaus Kemp's 8 form diatom test plate.

Some ant micros PDF - Anthony Thomas (Canada) shares some striking images of ants which he finds locally with notes on their features .

The desmid Micrasterias rotata DOCX - Stephen Durr (UK) illustrates this attractive algae found in freshwater habitats. PDF

DIY 3D microscopy. Part 1 DOCX - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) shows how image software can produce 3D type effects. PDF

Tropical Volkswagens. A look at some beetles - Richard Howey (USA) shares examples of some of Nature's more exotic six legged creations.
Living in glass houses. Radiolaria - Richard Howey (USA) shares examples of these striking microorganisms and shows how stacking software can be used to create images to capture their depth.

Tough teeth. The radula of the common limpet - David Walker (UK). A look at a classic type of prepared slide with notes on why the limpet's teeth reached the news headlines recently.

'Micscape Lite' - microscopy enthusiasts sharing aspects of their other interests

Slide rules: The quest for precision and accuracy - making the scales longer - David Walker (UK). An illustration of some of the larger more sophisticated and striking designs which are some of the most collectable.

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!

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News - special notices - misc.

Leeds Microscopical Society Morley meeting 2015.
"The annual Morley meeting of the LMS will be on 6th June this year. It is to be held jointly with the Quekett to help celebrate their 150th anniversary. There will be a Quekett display in the morning followed with a talk by the Quekett president, Carel Sartory in the aftenoon.
Directions to the venue can be found on the LMS website
leedsmicroscopical.org.uk. Anyone needing display/sales tables should contact Mike Smith."
With thanks to Mike for this news item. See the LMS website for his email contact.

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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