MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 254 : May 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue June 13th 2017.

Above. Scales of a Polyphemus butterfly. Image by Anthony Thomas.

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When is a hair a scale? - Anthony Thomas (Canada) shares a strikingly illustrated essay with examples of hair and scale structure from the world of insects. PDF

Protozoa bio-diversity of Normans Lagoon - an inland billabong in Australia - David G Seamer (Australia) shares further examples of his attractive and detailed drawings of live protists from selected habitats. PDF

Epi-polarization part 1: Macro observations, DIY epi-polariscope with a TV screen - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes and illustrates how to study birefringent subjects from around the home. PDF

Mysteries of dried stuff: Chiridota part 4 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series exploring the macro and microscopic features of these marine organisms.

Spirillum - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) illustrates how to prepare stained live examples of this easy to procure bacteria. PDF

Micscape Lite - contributors sharing their other interests

From the Archives ten years ago. The April 2007 issue:

Making a van Leeuwenhoek microscope lens - Hans Loncke (Netherlands) shares his procedure for making a homemade simple microscope lens using items from around the house.

Homemade LED light sources for epi-illumination - Michael Stubbs-Race (Australia) shares a simple but effective design of focussed light source for epi work.

Employing advancing technology to enhance imagery of the microscopic world - Maurice (Mol) Smith, Microscopy-UK's founder, presents some methods of creating 3D type images using the latest techniques and offers a prize ...

A close-up view of the daffodil - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares striking images of the macro and micro features of this well known, but often taken for granted, spring flower.

Restoring an American Optical Cycloptic stereo microscope. Part 3. A tilt table. - Ian MacGregor (Canada) shows a neat design of homemade stage for studying suitable objects under the stereo.

The aquarium microscope and the micro-aquarium. A perennial source of amusement - Manuel del Cerro (USA) shares his enthusiasm for the merits of an indoor aquarium, a feature popular in Victorian times, and techniques for studying / photographing the fauna and flora.

A trip into the past: part 4 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his affectionate look at the quirky aspects of some past American natural history magazines.

Springtime in West Yorkshire - Ian Walker (UK) shows attractive images reflecting aspects of spring using the Nikon Coolpix 4500 and a DSLR with macro lens, both handheld.

A close-up view of the hyacinth - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares a second common sping flower that can reveal a wealth of fascinating features if explored on the macro and micro scale.

Preservation of contrast in the compound microscope (Part 1) - Paul James (UK) presents a 'personal perspective concerning errant light: its origins and effects on imagery'. 

Sex scandals in the ponds and oceans: Part I. Or hey, buddy, you want to buy some pond scum? - Richard Howey (USA) presents an essay on fascinating aspects of the reproductive behaviour of microscopic organisms.

Three stereo microscope models / designs compared - David and Ian Walker share a hands-on assessment of three stereos that span the budget-mid-higher price sector and compare and contrast their features and price / performance including photography.

    In Focus:
    Leeds Microscopical Society annual meeting. The LMS will be having its annual meeting in Morley near Leeds, UK on June 3rd. All are welcome. Thank you to Mike Smith for the information. To contact Mike and to learn more of the meeting, please contact him via the LMS website leedsmicroscopical.org.uk

    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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External links. Updated June 2016. 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.

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)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'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.
'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
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
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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