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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 204: October 2012.
Next update November 13th.

Image left: The ciliate Climacostomum using Nomarski DIC with 'optical staining'. Image by Richard Howey.




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Issue 204 - October 2012 : Articles this month

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Two marvelously weird ciliates, Blepharisma and Climacostomum - Richard Howey (USA) discusses and strikingly illustrates these fascinating organisms.

A close up view of 'Golden Tower' spurge - Brian Johnston (Canada) explores this attractive plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

The stereo microscope. Part 4 Appendices - R. Jordan Kreindler (USA) continues his series on this important instrument. The Appendices to the yet to be published Part 4 are a valuable database in their own right on all Zeiss stereo microscope models ever produced to date. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Harry Bingham Thomas, 1856-1913 - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this lesser known amateur mounter.

Exploring the cultivated silk moth Bombyx mori. Part III: Studying the compound eye and estimating the number of facets, with notes on Leeuwenhoek's observations - David Walker (UK) completes his exploration of this insect. Both modern microscopes and a Leeuwenhoek replica are used to try and gain an insight into Leeuwenhoek's impressive skills at manipulation and observation.

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 for Micscape 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: 'How to find tardigrades' - Michael Shaw has written an informative eBook which describes how to find, isolate and study these delightful organisms. Based on his own extensive collecting experiences and study of the group. Profusely illustrated in colour and excellent value at £1-90 ($3-08). Available from the Amazon web store in Kindle format. (Thank you to the author for informing Micscape.)

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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.photomacrography.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
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual

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

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