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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 179: September 2010.
Next update October 13th.


Image left of the ingenious homemade macroscope design by Paul James, using a bare stereo stand, a Zeiss compound microscope bino' head and various combinations of old photo' lenses depending on mag required


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Issue 179 - September 2010 : Articles this month

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The poor man's photomacroscope. Breathing new life into redundant lenses (part1) - Paul James (UK) shares an ingenious design for a building a competent macroscope from old materials.

Beyond the diffraction Limit ? pond dipping with an electron microscope - Ian Portman (UK) explores some of the smaller life forms in a typical pond with a transmission EM.

The Novitiate?s Odyssey Episode Five - Part II: Mental forays into education, microscopy related safety and a challenge - Joseph Wilhelm (USA) discusses some teaching and safety aspects of the hobby, and suggests a challenge for Micscape contributors: write an article on an aspect of microscopy that would inspire and encourage children under ten years old to explore the microworld.

A close-up view of Roma Masterwort - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this flower.

John Thomas Norman (1807-1893), and his microscopist family - Brian Stevenson (USA) explores the life and work of this famous mounter and also the role of family members in the business.

Some further reflections on microtechnique - Richard Howey (USA) discusses the use of a selection of vital stains for studying microorganisms.

Charles Henry Vance Smith. More than meets the eye - Peter Paisley (Australia) shares an account of the interesting life and work of this slide mounter.

A close-up view of the Campanula - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.

Victorian rambles - part 1 - David Walker (UK) begins an occasional series where he comments on aspects of a selection of old slides from his modest collection, and illustrated using different lighting techniques.


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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.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy ' P (started November2008)
' 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, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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 attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

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

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