MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 234 : October 2015 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue November 13th 2015.

The Venus Comb Murex shell.
Image by Richard Howey.

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Dr. Clutter's Cabinet of Curiosities: Part 1 - Richard Howey (USA) describes and illustrates the range of specimens he has in his own cabinet with comments on their appeal to the naturalist.

A SELSI projection microscope - Michael Reese Much (USA) describes a post-war toy microscope and its renovation. PDF

Video gallery - rotifer feeding - Mike Morgan (UK) shares a video clip of a rotifer feeding.

Book review: 'The Freshwater Microscopist' by Tony Pattinson - A review by Mol Smith (UK) of an attractively illustrated introduction to exploring this favourite habitat of the microscopist.

Dr. Clutter's Cabinet of Curiosities: Part 2 - Richard Howey (USA) completes this series.

Micscape Contributor In Focus: A compilation of the articles by Ted Clarke, US - compiled by David Walker (UK). Please see the In Focus comment below on Ted's illness. Added October 14th.

Topical Tips: The multipurpose micrometer slide—much more than just for calibration - David Walker (UK) illustrates a variety of uses for this slide.

Micscape Snippets 2: On who first described rotifers and when - David Walker (UK) shares an example of how attributions change ... but which is now regarded as correct from the conflicting information presented both offline and online?

    Next month's issue is our formal 20th anniversary issue since we started in November 1995.
    We would particularly appreciate articles from contributors present, past or new.

    In Focus:
    Ted Clarke, a regular Micscape contributor
    - As Ted remarks in his most recent article in May 2015, he has myeloid sarcoma and at the time of writing October 14th 2015 he tells us that he has now entered a hospice with a prognosis of a few months to live. With his permission we have compiled his articles above to show the breadth of his interests and generosity in sharing them. Thank you Ted and you're in our thoughts at a difficult time. Feedback tends to be slim to authors but if you've enjoyed his articles please take time out to send him an email using the contact within the article. Thank you.

    The 'Hudson Transparencies' - The University of Exeter (UK) possesses 58 large transparencies (96 x 76 cm) designed to be backlit which were made by Charles T Hudson (of 'The Rotifera' monograph fame which he co-authored with Philip Henry Gosse). An on-line gallery of all the transparencies, many of which are rotifers, are shared and catalogued on the website. The introductory web page includes a portrait believed to be of Hudson (shown below), the first the Ed. recalls being published of him.

    Images above shared with the kind permission of Dr. Robin Wootton, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter who photographed and has written a paper on the transparencies for the Transactions of the Devonshire Association. Left above, transparency RJW33 showing two views of a rotifer with two other familiar microorganisms. Right above, a portrait believed to be of Charles T Hudson.

    Recent book ''Eye of the Beholder. Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing" by Laura J Snyder. Pub. April 2015 in UK by Head of Zeus Ltd., 432pp with eight B/W and colour plates. It presents their parallel lives and work while both were living in Delft and 'How a great artist and a great scientist transformed the way we see the world.' (Quote from the dustcover. Link is to publisher's catalogue entry.) The Ed. is currently enjoying reading a copy. Currently available used at Amazon UK Marketplace from £6 cf the list price of £25.

    Prof. Brian J Ford's 'Critical Focus' feature in 'The Microscope Journal' Subscribers to the quarterly journal will be familiar with Prof. Ford's regular feature and the wide ranging topics, often challenging and sometimes controversial, which he covers. The author has generously shared these columns written to date on his own website in a downloadable pdf format.

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!

Look for that elusive article on our site:
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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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
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
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
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 .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website

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