MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 215 - September 2013 : Articles this month       (ISSN 1365 - 070x)       Updated on 13th of each month.

Hologram example, image by
Frank DeFreitas.

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Laser holograms and microscopy - Frank DeFreitas (USA) PDF

Hirsute Reflections: Part 1. Some Thoughts About Hairs, Fibers and Bristles - Richard Howey (USA)

DIY phase contrast - Dushan Grujich (Australia)

In Search of the Victorian-era Microscope Slide Makers “J&TJ”. - Brian Stevenson (USA) and Stanley Warren (UK) PDF

God, The Devil and Microscopy. Part 2. - Mol Smith (UK)

Reverend John Edward Vize, 1831-1916 - Brian Stevenson (USA) PDF

Choosing and buying a microscope - Mol Smith (UK)

A close up view of the castor bean plant - Brian Johnston (Canada)

Product review: A potential SLR/DSLR afocal camera to microscope adapter for less than a 'tenner'. - David Walker (UK) Updated Sept. 14th

Tungsten filament microscope lamps in the early 21st century: A case for the defence. - David Walker (UK)

In Focus:
Microscopy-UK / Micscape Christmas competition. The prize is a handheld wireless video microscope, 5 - 200X (total mag. on typical screen) 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.

'Stuart R Stidolph Diatom Atlas' by S.R. Stidolph, F.A.S. Sterrenburg, K.E.L. Smith,and A. Kraberg. A free online resource published by the USGS with 54 plates each showing multiple species. USGS Abstract: "... a comprehensive volume of diatom taxa identified and micrographed by Stuart R. Stidolph during the 1980s and 1990s. The samples were collected from marine coasts of various geographic regions within tropical and subtropical climates. The plates included within this report have never been published and are being published by the USGS as an online reference so that others may have access to this incredible collection."
With thanks to Stuart Stidolph 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.
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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