MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 246 : September 2016 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue October 13th 2016.

Outdoor comparative weathering of a DVD and M Disc by Mol Smith.

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Contributions: Any modern format welcomed i.e. pdf. doc/docx with embedded images, or html + jpegs.

A review of M Disc archival capability. With long term testing results - Mol Smith (UK) assesses how robust these discs are by trying a long term comparative weathering experiment.

A whimsical glossary - Richard Howey (USA) takes a not too serious look at some jargon from the world of microscopy.

A review of the Lynceus XHD-7000 camcorder - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) assesses this camera which has NIR capability. PDF

Micro-therapy: Free association - Richard Howey (USA) shares some imagery taken with a Zeiss polarising microscope.

Negative staining with Indian ink  - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) prepares some stained subjects using this readily available product. PDF

Micscape Lite - contributors sharing articles on other interests

Some random reflections on both used and new books in a digital age - David Walker (UK) reflects on various aspects of books using examples from his own modest collection.

From the Archives - A quiet month, so enclosed below is the magazine issue published five years ago in September 2011.

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 - the late (2016) 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 - the late (2016) 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.

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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.
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
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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