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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 191: September 2011.
Next update October 13th.


Image left: Detail of a blowfly photographed by Anthony Thomas.



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Issue 191 - September 2011 : Articles this month

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Metallic flies in need of identification - Anthony Thomas (Canada) studies a species of blowfly for identification; illustrated with striking photographs taken using a macro set-up and stacking techniques. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Colonies of Stentor polymorphus associated with Ramshorn snails - Chris Thomas (UK) shares a video with notes showing a Stentor colony on an unusual substrate hitching a ride.

The great age of the Taschenmikroskop, part 3 - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) present the third part of their series on selected designs of pocket microscopes with a modern assessment of their use. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

Identifying a myxomycete and, a long-forgotten attempt of placing the Myxomycetes among the protists - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Dietmar R. Krause (USA) explore an example found in a country park.

A close-up view of the corn cob Euphorbia - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

Macro photography in the field using a mini-Dobsonian short-tube reflecting telescope - Michael Gibson (UK) describes the use of a macro set-up with a useful very long working distance.

More than a microscopist: remarks on the life and work of William Barwell Turner (1845 – 1917) - Peter Paisley (Australia) shares an in-depth study of the fascinating life and work of this mounter who had a working background in the brewing industry. Also in doc file format where A4 printing layout retained.

A simple halogen/LED lighting source modification - Paul James (UK) shares 'a very basic yet practical alteration for the novice or seasoned microscopist'.

Pandora's box. The diatoms of Sullivant & Wormley 1859 - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) shares a fascinating diatom detective story and which illustrates the importance of taxonomy studies.

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Fixing with Clarke’s fixative -  Staining with Blue 1, and Eosin - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.

Another marine mystery: A sea cucumber with jaws??? - Richard Howey (USA) studies a sea cucumber with evidence of pedicellaria and describes the function of this organ in their usual association with star fish and sea urchins.

A close-up view of Arctic Jacob's Ladder - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.

Trials of commercial and homemade microslides (capillary tubes): colonisation by micro-organisms in a back yard pond - David Walker (UK) shares his experiences to date using this method of studying aquatic microhabitats; with stills and video clips of the type of organism found.


In Focus: 'Expert Light Microscopy System' or E.M.L.I. is microscopy imaging database freeware shortly to be available for download. The home page with screenshots describes its many features. With thanks to the creator Gerhard Krauer for the information.


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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.

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, 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
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

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

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