MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 236 : November 2015 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue December 13th 2015.

Euglena and a Volvox,
derived from an image by Wim van Egmond.

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Comments on Micscape and contributions welcomed.
Contributions: Any modern format welcomed i.e. pdf. doc/docx with embedded images, or html + jpegs.

On the occasion of our formal 20th anniversary year issue (started November 1995), the site co-founders Maurice Smith and David Walker would like to sincerely thank all our contributors and readers over the years for their support, on whom the success of the magazine heavily relies. The 350 contributors from 30 countries to date are listed on the Contributor Index page.

The mechanical tube length in microscopy. A short introduction - Gregor Overney (USA) discusses this important parameter of a microscope and its implications when choosing optics.

Household microscopy Part 1. (Well sort of.) - Richard Howey (USA) starts a new series where he explores potential subjects in the home. This month the medical cabinet is explored.

A restoration project - Fritz Schulze (Canada) describes and illustrates how a bare and incomplete $25 Watson Edinburgh 'H' stand could be restored using variously sourced parts.

Video: Celebrating Micscape's 20th anniversary year issue - A fun video created by Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) 

Unusual microscopes: The Elgeet zoom projection microscope. Ingenious, practical and extinct - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Dietmar R Krause (USA) describe a microscope that fitted onto the lens of a 35 mm slide projector. PDF

A Spencer student microscope - Michael Reese Much (USA) describes and illustrates a model from this classic maker which can still be put to good use. PDF

My 70 year journey with microscopes and the pursuit of perfection - Wilhelm Resch (Canada) describes and illustrates how his microscopy hobby has developed since he was aged 10. PDF

Mrs. Malaprop congratulates Micscape on its 20th Anniversary - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun essay.

Interview with Mol Smith and David Walker. On the occasion of Micscape's 20th anniversary issue in November 2015 - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) has a virtual chat with the site founders on aspects of the venture and their respective interests in microscopy.

Micscape snippets 3 - On a toy microscope and a chemistry set of the late 60s. - David Walker (UK) reflects on the impact that key toys can have on hobbies and career.

Below are a selection of past articles from contributors, further selections will be shared in future issues. Typing an author's surname into our Search engine will show their other work.
We will also feature a regular 'Spotlight On' series bringing together various contributors' past articles on a given theme. Subjects planned include stereo microscopes and circular oblique lighting.
The strange and the beautiful (November 2004) - Ian Walker (UK) captures attractive imagery from a variety of subjects including finding photogenic micro-scapes in 'failed' parts of the mounted subject.
Those who live in glass houses (October 1997) - William H Amos (USA) has shared a wide variety of natural history essays, this essay was illustrated with attractive line drawings of silicoflagellates and diatoms by Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands).

My favourite microscope - the Wild M20 (August 2000) - Paul James (UK) has shared a wide variety of articles, here he described and illustrated his phase contrast example of a classic microscope.

The excellent Leitz microscopes with black enamel finish (March 2008) - Norman and Gregor Overney (USA), now in its 7th edition (2011), this 24 page heavily illustrated pdf is an invaluable work on the history of and identifying the range of models.
Inverted microscopes (July 1998) - David Goldstein (USA) discussed the pros and cons of the inverted design using his Olympus CK2 as an example.
Is microscopy dead? (July 2013) - Mol Smith (UK) the Microscopy UK website founder and co-webmaster assessed the state of the hobby and how using modern developments may bring the hobby to a wider audience.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'bittersweet nightshade' (August 2008) - One of the striking macro and microscopic studies by Brian Johnston (Canada) of flowers both wild and cultivated from his extensive series. Click the 'Flowers' button in page head for an index to the full series. Also see his 'Crystals' suite.

Microscopy primer (September 2002) - Frithjof A S Sterrenburg (The Netherlands). An insightful and wide ranging resource on microscopy and remarking on aspects not always well covered in some books. Can be read online or downloaded.
A virtual pond dip - A delightful interactive jam jar of pond critters designed by Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands) linking to Micscape articles on each organism. Ideal for beginners. Links to the more extensive 'Pond Life Identification Kit' bringing many contributors articles together to form an introductory guide.
A homage to the onion skin - One of the many articles by the late and sadly missed Walter Dioni (Mexico). Walter specialised in studying easy to obtain but rewarding subjects and using safe accessible chemicals for slide preparation. His articles were compiled by Mol Smith into a book 'Safe Microscopic Techniques for Amateurs. Slide Mounting' and available on Amazon UK and USA (paperback and Kindle).

'Zenith' UK branded Russian microscopes of the 1970s - 1990s. Notes on the range compiled from the data sheets of Technical and Optical Equipment Ltd (London), UK - Compiled by David Walker (UK), includes downloadable data sheets for this popular range of affordable but versatile microscopes.

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!

Look for that elusive article on our site:
Micscape Magazine past issues online
(read articles online using the original illustrated index for each month).
Article Library (browse articles by category)
Automated Search (a search engine for keyword searches in all articles)
Contributor index (a list of all Micscape contributors to date)
News - special notices - misc.

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
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website

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