MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 296 : November 2020 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue December 13th 2020.


Earwig wing unfolded.
Image by Anthony Thomas


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On the occasion of our 25th anniversary year issue (started November 1995), the site co-founders Maurice (Mol) 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 423 contributors from 33 countries to date are listed on the
Contributor Index page.
A special thanks to site co-founder Mol Smith whose drive and energy with much effort behind the scenes has assured the continuity of the site. A recent transfer of the entire site to a new server has involved a lot of unsung work and on maintaining valuable features such as our internal search engine and the many site resources.
Mol is now very busy with a Micscape Yearbook 2 and liaising with contributors. We have been unable to contact a number of past contributors whose emails have changed, both for the Yearbook and when we receive third party image use requests. If this applies to a past contributor please let us know if wish to remain in contact for these sort of requests. Thank you.
(Micscape Ed. David Walker).

All our past issues to date can be read via the original indexes. Why not try dipping into a few via the past issues online page.

Earwig wing unfolding - Anthony Thomas (Canada) shares striking images of the complexity of this insect's wing structure. PDF

3D is better than 2D? But only if you know how to present it maybe? -
Mol Smith (UK) investigates with examples.

The story behind my Wild microscopes - Christian Autotte (Canada) describes and illustrates the models including his M40 inverted which featured in an X-Men movie! PDF

Microscopical exploration six. A tentative move from medicine cabinet to kitchen cupboards - James Stewart (UK) shares attractive imagery of crystalline materials found in the kitchen. PDF

A magical book for Christmas - Mol Smith (UK) suggests an example, 'Secrets Of Living Close' by Irina Kozorog.

Micro-chaos: crystals and beyond - Richard L. Howey (USA) shares and interprets an attractive selection of images.

The magic ball-bearing - Mol Smith (UK) marvels at a common example of miniature engineering which we can take for granted.

Micscape Lite: Contributors sharing aspects of their other interests.

Fractals and chaos on stamps - David Walker (UK) shares some attractive examples from around the world. PDF

In Focus: Dr. Peter Paisley 1940 - 2019. R.I.P. On a very sad note it has come to our attention that one of our regular contributors passed away in June 2019. Peter shared a variety of meticulously researched articles, specialising on past slides and their mounters and made a valuable contribution to the history of microscope slide preparers. His articles can be viewed by typing his surname into the site search engine. In the near future we will dedicate a page presenting a compilation of his articles to illustrate the diversity of his interests.
The Sydney Morning Herald has an Obituary page where his friends have made fitting comments which note that he was a 'northern Irishman', a physician whose wider interests included cricket, Irish writers and poets and their work.

Micscape 25th anniversary issue. Thank you to our contributor Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga who has created a fun animated gif in celebration, many thanks! Click to open in new window.


    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!


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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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Maurice Smith

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