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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 96: October 2003.
Next update November 13th.


Image above by Brian Johnston of the 'common teasel', which offers plenty of photo opportunities.

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Damselflies and dragonflies - David Richman (USA) describes and illustrates some species of these attractive insects, particularly those found at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.

A close-up view of the wild flower 'common teasel' - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares an attractive selection of images on the macro and micro level of this striking plant.

The Mathias arrow, a versatile oblique lighting device - Walter Dioni (Mexico) discusses and illustrates the results from this intriguing illumination technique described by Erhard Mathias.

Image gallery: A lichen in close-up - Alan Rulis (USA) shares some images of a lichen at different magnification levels.

Video gallery: Hydra - still images and video clips - Donald Ferry (USA) presents some well seen stills and video clips of a hydra.

Image gallery: Terrestial slug, thin tissue sections - M Halit Umar (The Netherlands) presents an attractive selection of images showing aspects of the internal structures associated with a slug's mantle.

Circular oblique lighting Part IV - Paul James (UK) share further experiences of this form of versatile illumination.

Image gallery: Plastic gauze under the microscope - Dave Walker (UK) shows how a fine plastic gauze commonly found in the home can be attractive when viewed under the microscope using different lighting conditions.


Other articles of interest by Micscape contributors:

South Pennine landscapes with the Fuji S2 digital SLR camera - Ian Walker (UK) shares a selection of landscapes and nature images taken in northern England, with his thoughts on the pros and cons of this digital camera.

Topical News: The winning photographs in the Nikon Small World 2003 competition can be enjoyed on the Nikon MicroscopyU web site.


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'Wild M20 microscope'
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Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
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Microscopies online magazine for French speakers
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Microscopy Today
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Modern Microscopy
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Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
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Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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