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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 193: November 2011.
Next update December 13th.

    Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Organised by course instructor Ted Kinsman.


Image left: The Chinese Army TWX-1 field microscope.
Image by R. Jordan Kreindler and Yuval Goren.



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Issue 193 - November 2011 : Articles this month

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The TWX-1 folded-optics microscope monarch of the folded-optics kingdom - Folded-Optics Microscopes: Part I with an introduction to early field microscopes - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) begin a new series. Part 1, includes a detailed assessment of the Chinese Army's field microscope. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A new method for fixation and coloration of the trans-vacuolar bands in cells of the onion epidermis - Walter Dioni (Mexico) presents an effective way of capturing this cellular feature, normally only seen in live studies.

'Life on the dock' - a book - Michael Konrad (USA) describes his new book on coastal marine life which has just been published in paperback.

Universal stages for foraminifera - Jay Phillips (USA) presents both simple and more complex designs of stages to study these organisms. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A golden age for amateur microscopy? - Andy Chick (UK) argues that we are in an age were amateurs can be in the forefront of some aspects of optical microscopy.

Cheap, fast and easy LED conversion to an AO 150 microscope - Bill Resch (USA) describes and illustrates an effective conversion of this popular microscope. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Metallic flies in need of identification. Close-up - part 2 - Anthony Thomas (Canada) continues his studies of a blowfly; illustrated with striking photographs taken using a macro set-up and stacking techniques. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The virtues of the diffusion screen in the 35mm slide copier/film scanner and its parallels in brightfield microscopy - Paul James (UK) illustrates the pros and cons of a diffused light source.

Euplectella aspergillum. Part I - Richard Howey (USA) begins a three part series on aspects of this fascinating organism.

A close-up view of a lady's slipper orchid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this striking plant.

Mites by phase contrast, DIC & polarized Light - Anthony Thomas (Canada) describes a study of mites found on a beetle. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Slide maker “J.A.” probably John Atkinson, 1842-1901 - Brian Stevenson (USA) describes and illustrates aspects of this slide mounter's life and work and identifies him as the maker of previously unattributed papered slides. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Mary Ann Booth, 1843-1922 - Brian Stevenson (USA) describes and illustrates aspects of this famous American female scientist's work including her slide preparations. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Richard Leach Maddox, 1816-1902 - Brian Stevenson (USA) describes and illustrates aspects of the life and work of a man who 'played important roles in the development of photomicrography'. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Microscopy-UK New feature: SEM gallery showing the work of Dennis Kunkel. The Mic-UK site founders, Maurice Smith and David Walker, have always admired the SEM work of Dennis Kunkel; his website also started at a similar date to ours. Dennis has kindly agreed for Mic-UK to host a selection of his images and a gallery can be accessed by the new 'SEM Gallery' button on top menu bar. With thanks to Maurice Smith for liaising to set this up.

In Focus:

New book:  'Bacteria: the Benign, the Bad and the Beautiful' by Dr Trudy Wassenaar has recently been published by Wiley, details here. With thanks to the author for the information.

'How do geckos climb. Fascinating images reveal climbing abilities of geckos and spiders Helium ion technology allows imaging of objects in their natural state'. A fascinating new study, with thanks to Zeiss, Germany for the press release.

China Scientific Book Services have an English language website with online ordering for a wide range of books, including an extensive selection of regional books on diatoms and other algae. Some are in English, others with English summaries and Latin names and index. With thanks to the website for the information.

'Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access' - includes the famous Philosophical Transactions which date back to 1665. This is a superb resource and the earlier issues maybe of particular interest to those interested in the history of science.


November 2011 articles written by students for
the 'Principles and Applications of Photomacrography' course
offered in the
Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program
at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
, NY State, USA.

Micscape Acknowledgements: Many thanks to all the students over the years for sharing their enthusiasm and skills on such a wonderful variety of topics. Writing an article for Micscape initially formed part of their course as an assignment, which was a neat idea originally proposed by Ted Kinsman the course instructor in 2004 and repeated in most following years. Thanks to Ted for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen. Also thanks to Michael Peres, the dept. head (and course instructor 2009) for his introduction and for maintaining the department's generous collaboration over the years. 

BPC Program Overview by Professor Michael Peres, department head. Visit Professor Peres' website

Turritella agate - Johanna E Forsh (pdf) Doing deep stacks of hairy specimens - Josh Marrah (pdf)
Blue Morpho butterfly (Morpho peledes) - Gillian Gail Woodlouse "sow bug", Trachelipus rathkii - Emily Morse (pdf)
What is petrified wood? Is it wood or stone? - Tiffany Heard (pdf) Fruit and vegetable seeds - Abby Skapin (pdf)
Siamese fighting fish - Daniel A Jones Designing a macro imaging solution. Photographing butterflies - Tim Tiebout (pdf)
Sea urchins - Rachael Landrie (pdf) Sea anemone - Tessa Tintle (pdf)
Fetal pig skeleton, cleared and stained - Shelby Leeman (pdf) Photographic exploration of sea glass - Josephine Wyman (pdf)
Alcian Blue, Alizarin Red, chameleon embryo - Liz Marchiondo (pdf)  

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External Microscopy forums:
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www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
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Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' 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. W ide 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
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
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
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
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects 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 on Victorian slide makers

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

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