MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 216 - October 2013 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

Heinrich Hensoldt, detail of a photo published in The Arena, sourced by B. Stevenson and S. Gill.

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The many lives of Heinrich Hensoldt (1856 – ca. 1918), Moritz Hensoldt’s errant son - Brian Stevenson (USA) and Steve Gill (UK) PDF

What shape are your whiskers? - Glenn Shipley (USA)

An arthropod observation garden. Part 1. The construction and flora of the garden and surrounding area - David Richman (USA) DOC

Using affordable technology with microscopy, 'stacking, stitching, slowing' - Mol Smith (UK)

A Bausch and Lomb research microscope - by Michael Reese Much (USA) PDF

A (second) close up view of the common hyacinth - Brian Johnston (Canada)

Hirsute reflections: Part 2. With some additional thoughts about hairs, fibers and bristles ... - Richard Howey (USA)

Repairing a LOMO ОИ-14 Aplanatic NA 1.4 Condenser - Dushan Grujich (Australia)

Reflections on the pace of technological change and its impact on still and moving image capture for a microscopy hobbyist - David Walker (UK)

In Focus:
Nikon Small World 2013 winners announced. Oct. 30th. Congratulations to our regular contributor Wim van Egmond for his first place with a stunning image of colonial marine diatoms. Congratulations to all the other placed entries and the gallery can be admired here.
Microscopy-UK / Micscape Christmas competition. The prize is a handheld wireless video microscope, 5 - 200X (total mag. on typical screen, not optical) kindly provided by Apex Microscopes with competition organised by the site co-founder Mol Smith. See the main site index for details and how to enter. Shipping worldwide is included for the winner.

'Microscopy. A virtual garden.' Neil Tucker is creating an interesting and versatile resource for sharing the microscopical world found in his garden. Explore his virtual garden at http://www.activefrance.com/microscopy. Thank you to Neil for sharing this.


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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.
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 November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
P (started Apr 2005)
Wild M20 microscope
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. Wide 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
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
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
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects by Ely Silk 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

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