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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 192: October 2011.
Next update November 13th.


Image left: A neat design of homemade roll top
microscope desk, shown closed and open, by Jay Phillips.



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Issue 192 - October 2011 : Articles this month

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A roll top microscope desk
- Jay Phillips (USA) describes and illustrates an elegant and practical design for the microscopist. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Stamps and microscopes - Fritz Schulze (Canada) presents a selection of attractive stamps with a microscopy theme. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

How to find tardigrades - Mike Shaw (USA) shares an illustrated introduction on how to find, collect and study these fascinating invertebrates from a range of habitats.

The great age of the Taschenmikroskop, part 4 - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) present the final part of their series on selected designs of pocket microscopes with a modern assessment of their use. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A close-up view of spiked speedwell - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

Henry Pocklington 1842 - 1913 - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares a detailed investigation of this slide mounter's life and work and identifies him as the maker of previously unattributed papered slides of a distinctive style. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

William Barwell Turner (1845 – 1917): life, research and business in Leeds - Peter Paisley (Australia) continues his in-depth study of the fascinating life and work of this mounter who had a working background in the brewing industry. (In doc file format.)

Metallic flies in need of identification. Part 2. Close-up - Anthony Thomas (Canada) studies a species of blowfly for identification; illustrated with striking photographs taken using a macro set-up and stacking techniques. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A halloween vignette - Manuel del Cerro (Canada) shares an image with notes of a spider providing life after death for another organism.

Examining 120 year old Zeiss apochromats - Fritz Schulze (Canada) illustrates the potential problems with the objectives of old microscopes. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

A macro 35mm slide copier To DX digital format from scratch. Plus the modification an old 35 mm film copier for DX digital format - Paul James (UK) shares useful designs based around a Sony NEX digital camera.

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Staining with acetified lugol-iodine and blue 1 - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject; in this part he tries different staining protocols to capture cytoplasmic streaming structures in a prepared slide. Includes an excellent HD video clip of streaming in a live onion cell. 

An eccentric amateur naturalist's dream vacation - Richard Howey (USA) describes and illustrates organisms from a variety of habitats he would study on vacation. 

A close-up view of white viper's bugloss - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.

Arrowroot - Peter Paisley (Australia) shares a 'piece of speculative whimsy' on a prepared slide subject often seen in old slide collections. (In doc file format.)

    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 or Michael Peres).


In Focus:

"LifeSciences Calendar 2012 is an art calendar of large size presenting colored by Photoshop electron micrographs from biological objects (insects, plants, viruses, bacteria, etc)." Past years examples are also available. Thank you to Dieter Merkel for the information.

New eBook: "How to Make Rheinberg Filters. For the Hobbyist and Professional". This 151 page book written by Mike Shaw presents detailed but easy to follow techniques which the author has used to make professional quality filters. Well illustrated and also includes extensive advice on setting up own online venture to potentially market such filters. Available directly from the author for $29.95. Thank you to Mike Shaw for the information.

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition 2011 - 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 are Wim van Egmond, Gregor Overney and Ian 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. 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.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' 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. (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
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 a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects 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 on Victorian slide makers

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

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