MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 259 : October 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue November 13th 2017.

Above. Bubbles in crystal formations. Image by Richard Howey.

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"I'm forever blowing bubbles". Part 1 - An eccentric gallery - Richard Howey (USA) shares striking images of bubble formation in various chemicals combined with crossed polar studies.

Mouth epithelial cells - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) explores this popular but rewarding example of live cell studies. PDF

Watson microscope resources hosted on Microscopy-UK - a compilation including recently submitted material from Lisa and Nigel Ashby: Two 19th century catalogues and a series of the 'Wats On' newsletter 1964 - 66; a rare newsletter intended for dealers and offering insight into many aspects of sales, the stands, optics, problems and comments on the competition.

Resolution part 2 - the 10X objective - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) continues his series illustrating the difference between resolving detail in a subject and the ability to observe a subject below the resolution limit of the objective in size, using Streptococcus bacteria as an example. PDF

From the archives: A quiet autumn issue, so the contents of the October 2013 edition are presented below.

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)

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External links. Updated June 2016. 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.

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)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

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 collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
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
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
'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
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.

Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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