Cheek epithelial cells taken with a home made single lens microscope. Image by Alvaro Amaro de Azevedo.

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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 120: October 2005.
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Exploring the possibilities of single lens microscopes - Alvaro Amaro de Azevedo (Brazil) shares the results of his ongoing projects to make high power single lens microscopes, illustrated with images taken through them.

Macro-photography, a personal equipment retrospective - Brian Johnston (Canada) presents 'an overview of my changing digital macro equipment, with comments about the advantages and disadvantages of each camera setup'. Cameras discussed are the Nikon Coolpix 4500, Sony F717 and F828 and Canon 20D DSLR.

Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi) - Howard Webb (USA) presents and illustrated look at this intriguing non-native waterflea when an opportunity arose to obtain a water sample from Lake Michigan.

Images of desmids from the genus Scenedesmus - Mike Morgan (UK) shares some images and notes on four species of this attractive algae found in a pond sediment.

Fossil shells of marine gastropods and bivalves from the Paratethys - Howard Sturm (Austria) presents a selection of the attractive sells found in sand pits near Vienna and gives an insight as to why they are found so far from our current seas.

Microscopic fauna. Some lifestyles, part 5 - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on the intestinal parasites of an American cockroach by describing the fascinating structure and lifecycle of the oxyurid nematode Hammerschmidtiella diesingi.

Scale insects, spittle bugs and other lovelies - Richard Howey (USA) shares an illustrated essay on some of the fascinating but often annoying pests that attacks his house and garden plants.

The amateur microscopist. Some personal thoughts - Paul James (UK) shares his views on the pleasures the microscopist enjoys from their hobby.

A close-up view of the wild flower 'plains coreopsis' - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series illustrating the macroscopy and microscopy opportunities of wild flowers.

Quick look: Near infrared microscopy with a Nikon D50 DSLR compared with a B/W video camera - David Walker (UK) assesses the relative merits of the two techniques and much prefers the practicality and affordability of the video camera route.

In focus:
Nikon Small World 2005 competition: The winning photographs can be enjoyed on the Nikon Small World website in a stunningly presented website.
The Nikon (USA) press release notes that there were over 1700 images entered. Congratulations to all the winners; first prize was awarded to Charles Krebs. The winners include Micscape contributors Ian Walker (19th), Spike Walker (Hon. mention) and Ron Neumeyer (Image of distinction).

Mikroskop Museum - this a well presented German website with a mine of info and illustrations on a range of microscope makers. Thank you to the webmaster for drawing it to our attention.

Dino Digital Microscope -this is a futuristic and versatile looking microscope in a similar price range to the Digital Blue QX5. Quoted mag range 10x - 600x with transmitted and incident lighting. The multiple LED's for top lighting looks a neat feature. Specs and images on maker's Anmo website. It sells for ca £80 in the UK from electrical outlets. Reviews welcomed from users. Thank you to the makers for drawing it to our attention.

.... and Micscape .... it's our tenth anniversary next month; the Microscopy-UK / Micscape venture started on November 5th 1995, so my co-founder Maurice Smith and the Micscape Ed. would particularly welcome contributions large or small, new contributors especially welcomed. David Walker

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! Have a chat with us, to see how we can help share your interests.

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Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
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Microscopy Today
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Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
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G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence  articles and other resources

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