MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 302 : May 2021 (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Monthly, next issue June 13th 2021.

A Leitz Diavert.
Image by Brian Matsumoto.


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Diversions with an inverted Leitz Diavert - Brian Matsumoto (USA) and Carol Roullard (USA) explore the pros and cons of this design. PDF

My first experience with a Berlese funnel - Christian Autotte (Canada) describes and illustrates his trials inspired by the articles by Anthony Thomas. PDF

A child's garden of micro-wonders - Richard L. Howey (USA) shares a selection from nature.

A macro exploration of a 1960's supercomputer ferrite memory core and processor module - David Walker (UK) takes a closer look at the CDC 6600 designed by Seymour Cray.

From the Archives. A quiet issue so a full May 2011 edition from ten years ago is offered below.

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. 

In Focus: Kit Brownlee R.I.P. My colleague Mol Smith and I are sad to hear of the passing away of Kit Brownlee who was a stalwart of both the Quekett Microscopical Club including acting as Treasurer and the Reading Microscopical Society. She attended the Renesse meeting organised by Mol some years ago. A tribute is on the Quekett website. Micscape Editor.

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External links. Updated April 2020. 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.

groups.io (formerly Yahoo groups):
Amateur Microscopy
Diatom Forum
Microscopy as a hobby or profession
Wild Microscopes

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>21000 members, very active). Also specialist groups e.g. for users of given maker's microscopes (e.g. Zeiss, Olympus, Wild, Vickers). Also try a Facebook Group search with keywords like microscope or microscopy to find these.

Microbe hunter the website ably run by Oliver Kim has built up a popular and valuable forum with help for both the beginner and more advanced user.

'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 microscopy enthusiast website, forum and 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 in English and Italian.
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
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, forams and scales.
www.testslides.com website devoted to Stefano Barone's Diatom Lab test slides.
Darwin Biological a UK company for 'biological education' supplies. Including live cultures of protozoa and algae.
Microscopie van de Natuur Dutch microscopy resource site by Rolf Vossen.

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