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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 180: October 2010.
Next update November 13th.


Image left: An Olympus PME metallurgical microscope brought back into use by Daniel Nardin.

November issue: This will be online at 2300 GMT Saturday 13th.


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Issue 180 - October 2010 : Articles this month

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A message brought to Paris by pigeon post in 1870-71 - Ashley Lawrence (UK) shares an illustrated article on this service and how microphotography played a vital role; the progress of letters sent between members of one family is used as an example.

An amateur microscopist in the tropics - or trying to be an amateur microscopist in Brazil - Leonardo Balbi (Brazil) shares aspects of his interests in microscopy.

An exploding paramecium - Raymund John Ang (Philippines) discusses an intriguing sequence of photos which he captured. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The last of my Olympus microscopes: an inverted metallurgical instrument Olympus PME from the 1970s
- a fortuitous purchase
Daniel Nardin (France) describes his experiences on bringing back into use one of these microscopes.

Thomas Henry Powell, microscopist (1851-1932) - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this slide mounter and his work.

A close-up view of a barrel cactus - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this flower.

The poor man's photomacroscope. An unexpected change of direction (part2) - Paul James (UK) continues his three part series on his ingenious design for a building a competent macroscope from old materials. Trinocular designs and alternative objectives are discussed.

Spiders that jump and dance - David Richman (USA) presents an illustrated essay on these fascinating spiders.

Aquatic life and British Victorian microscopy - Peter Paisley (Australia) shares an essay of such studies illustrated with typical examples of prepared slides of the period.

Spike's gallery 5: A selection of images of subjects from the material world - Spike Walker (UK) shares a further selection of his striking photomicrographs.

A return to granite lake - Richard Howey (USA) describes the typical freshwater life which he found on a visit to this amenity.

A close-up view of the wildflower 'high mallow' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Topical Tips: Making accurate circles large and small - David Walker (UK) compiles some popular methods using simple craft tools, with examples: reusing broken glass filter fragments, supporting small filters, making extra stops for condensers, camera support for high eyepoint eyepieces.

    Next month's special feature: Rochester Institute of Technology, New York; articles by photomacrography course students. Micscape are again delighted to host articles by this year's course students; an article on each student's project forms part of their course assignment as kindly organised and offered by Ted Kinsman, this year's course teacher (and in past years by Ted Kinsman and/or Michael Peres).


In Focus:

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition 2010 - the winners of this year's competition have been announced and feature in an online gallery. Many congratulations to the winners. Micscape contributors who achieved placings include Richard Howey and Wim van Egmond.


    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. Submission guidelines .

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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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php 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 November2008)
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby' P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy' P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' 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. W ide 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
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
A Cabinet of Curiosities attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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