MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 225 : November - December 2014      (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Bimonthly, next issue January 13th 2015.

Added Dec. 10th. Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Organised by course instructor Ted Kinsman.

    The site webmasters Maurice Smith and David Walker wish our readers and contributors a very happy Christmas and New Year.
    Thank you for your support this past year.

'A Wild M5 stereomicroscope
on transmitted-light stand.'
Image by R. Jordan Kreindler.

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Wild stereomicroscopes - R. Jordan Kreindler (USA) PDF

Smartphone and a microscope - Bill Resch (USA) DOCX (View in web format rather than doc format.)

Charles Lewis Peticolas (1829-1919) - Brian Stevenson (USA)  PDF

A pier without peer - Richard Howey (USA)

On the trail of the enigmatic Victorian microscope slide-maker “Greenpapers”: A connection to Archibald Geikie’s 1874 book Geology - Brian Stevenson (USA)   PDF

The paramecium enigma. Do one cell organisms have a form of intelligence? - Mol Smith (UK)

Topical Tip - Using a Zeiss Photomicroscope (or Universal) base as a fine focussing macro stand - David Walker (UK)

December 2014 articles written by students for
the 'Principles and Applications of Photomacrography' course
offered in the
Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program 2014
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

Course tutor 2014 Ted Kinsman

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If you an enjoy an article, email feedback to an author via address in each article would be very welcome.

Monsters of Spring Creek by Bobby Gold


Mold. A Study of Common Fungi by Ryan Brown

Cooking Alcohol. The Sweet Wines of New York and the Crystals they Create. by Emily Cali


Structure and Materials of the Insect Wing by Samantha Chalut

The Quartet. History, guitar, violin and strings. by Daniela Solera.
Also in Spanish.


Just Tea by Jordan Salkin

Milk Viscosity by Joseph Sall


Algae in Aquatic Acres by Julie Kamine


Arthropod Molting. How and why it happens. by Kaleigh Jaron


Fingerprints by Sierra Kiss


Salt. An Overview of Various types of Salt. by Shannon Macias


Plankton. The Unnoticed Residents of all Water Habitats.
by Morgan Murray

Reflectance Transformation Imaging by Shaun McConnaghy


Click below to view previous RIT student articles



In Focus: Independent Generation of Research (IGoR)

We support a new web site 'IGoR' which allows non-professional microscopists and scientists to add to a pool of articles and projects. IGoR's goal is to help everyone, from science enthusiasts and hobbyists to professionals, do scientific research. IGoR provides a platform for people to pool their knowledge, resources, time, and creativity so that everyone can pursue their own scientific curiosity. IGoR will help:

 - Non-scientists and students get started in research.
 - Science teachers bring research to the classroom.
 - Amateur scientists take their science to a new level.
 - Professionally-trained independent scientists fill gaps in their skills and resources.
 - Academic scientists connect with the broader community.

Mol Smith / David Walker

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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

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 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
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
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

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