MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 233 : September 2015   (ISSN 1365 - 070x)     Monthly, next issue October 13th 2015.

Neutrophils in blood.
Image by Chris Thomas.

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A simple differential stain of blood smears using black Quink® - Chris Thomas (UK) shares a simple but very effective blood staining technique using a household item. PDF

A mid-nineteen-forties Spencer microscope - Michael Reese Much (USA) shares a restoration project of a model from a famous maker. PDF

Chikungunya virus. An emerging disease in Latin America - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) describes this less well known disease. PDF

Using a drawing attachment to project grids and scales into the microscope field of view - Jay Phillips (USA) describes how a drawing attachment can be used in reverse. PDF  

DIY fluorescence, part 2 - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) continues his series on how to create fluorescence type effects either with suitable sub-stage filters or with image processing techniques.  PDF

August: An idle gallery - Richard Howey (USA) shares a selection of attractive images of mixed crystals taken using polarised light.

The Tuffen you probably missed, and some you've never seen - Peter Paisley (Australia) describes and illustrates examples of less well known drawings by Tuffen West. DOCX For optimal viewing please use a desktop screen with WP software that has a 'web layout' option to view DOCX files. E.g. the freeware LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

More weird echinoderm morphology - Richard Howey (USA) explores a variety of examples of these fascinating organisms on the macro and microscopic scale to see what can be found.

Micscape Snippets 1 - On soccer balls, insect compound eyes ... and Euler - David Walker (UK) ponders on the underlying geometry of the insect compound eye using a cultivated silk moth eye as an example.

    In Focus:
    Postal Microscopical Society open meeting. The PMS (UK) will be holding an open meeting in Pool, Wharfedale on Saturday October 10th 2015. Further details from Mike Smith email: mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you to Mike Smith for the information.

    Popular Photography magazine August 26th 2015 article on photomicrography by Michael Peres. Tips From a Pro: An Introduction to Microscopic Photography. Revealing details in the world's tiniest things. It's not often that photomicrography is presented in the mainstream photography press. Michael holds an Associate Chair in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. Micscape regularly shares articles by students on the RIT's fall photomacrography course as part of their course assignment. Thank you to David Goldstein for the information.

    Tardigrades feature in the New York Times, Sept. 7th 2015. 'The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’'. With thanks to Richard Howey and Mike Shaw who drew this article to our attention.


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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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