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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 121: November 2005.
Next update Dec. 13th.

 Tenth Anniversary Issue


Image by Ian Walker showing a ca. 1856
Smith and Beck microscope.


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A 10th Anniversary Tribute to Micscape: A Personal Gallery of Favorite Images - Richard Howey (USA) shares an attractive selection of images with a microscopical theme.

An overview of the paintings of Christina Brodie (UK) - Christina Brodie (UK) generously shares a preview selection of some striking paintings and drawings from her book out next year.

Random collecting - Howard Webb (USA) describes and illustrates the fortuitous catch in a plankton sample from Lake Superior; the fascinating water flea Holopedium gibberum.

The 3D-effect in photomicrography – Anaglyphs of recent tropical gastropod shells - Robert Sturm (Austria) presents an attractive selection of 3D images of shells.

A gallery of palmitic acid photomicrographs (using a variety of illumination techniques) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing the striking images that can be achieved with different chemicals.

Ten years of Micscape - a time for reflection - Ian Walker (UK) shares a selection of his favourite images from past articles he has written plus some new images.

A close-up view of the wildflower "motherwort" (Leonurus cardiaca) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series illustrating the macroscopy and microscopy opportunities of wild flowers.

Notes on some lighting options for secondhand LOMO Biolam microscopes - An interactive guide compiled by David Walker (UK); also mostly applicable to any microscope with a mirror requiring external lighting.


In focus:

BBC News website article Oct. 18th: 'Zombie worms' found off Sweden New species are still being found on our doorstep, in this case a fascinating marine worm in shallow marine waters off Sweden.

New book: Spiders of North America: an identification manual. A valuable new guide for the naturalist with proceeds going to the American Arachnological Society. (Thank you to David Richman a co-author of eight chapters of the book for highlighting its publication in the Yahoo Microscope forum).

MiXscope version 2.0 software released: MiXscope is software for MacOS 10.2+ users and who use the QX3/QX3+, QX5 and MiScope digital microscopes. The software can be downloaded from http://www.edhsw.com/mixscope. Thank you to Eric Hangstefer, the software writer for this info'.

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! Have a chat with us, to see how we can help share your interests.

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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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles 
www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Microscope' P (>1500 members, very active)
'Microscopes' (almost inactive)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.


Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers.

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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