MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 242 : May 2016 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue June 13th 2016.

Assessing the potential of virtual reality in photomicrography. Image by Josh Shagam.

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How we will use photomicrographs in virtual reality. Imagining the applications of head mounted displays - Josh Shagam (USA) presents an in-depth look at how this modern technology may be used in visualising microscopy imagery.

Moss identification - Plagiomnium cuspidatum - Gary Baird (US) shares an entry from his 'Ozarks Naturalist's Notebook' to illustrate what typical features are used in moss identification.

Macro attachment for the Fuji FinePix Real 3D W1 camera - Donald E. Simanek (USA) shares a project for increasing the versatility of this camera for taking close-ups.

What has 8 dorsal plates, one foot, 11,500 eyes and is edible? - Richard Howey (USA) explores the macro and microscopic features of the marine organism the chiton.

Measurements of the micro world part 1. Calibrating the camera - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes the typical procedures. PDF

How bright is your light? Part I: Rebuilding the Nikon S with a $4-95 dimmer switch - T Rand Collins (Canada) provides an illustrated step-by-step procedure for converting this popular microscope.

Epi-illumination: Darkfield - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes and illustrates the effective use of black backgrounds. PDF

Leftovers–an eccentric gallery - Richard Howey (USA) explores a selection of fauna and flora under the microscope.

The lithography business at 54 Hatton Garden: From obscurity and celebrity to prolific success - Peter Paisley (Australia) discusses the workers associated with this address and illustrated with examples of their work. DOC For viewing please use a desktop screen with WP software that has a 'web layout' option to view DOC files. E.g. the freeware LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

Some thoughts on camera choices for the vertical photo port on stereo microscopes using a Leica S series model as an example - David Walker (UK) shares his experiences.

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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

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

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 collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
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
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
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
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.
Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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