MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 315 : June 2022 (ISSN 1365 - 070x)      Monthly, next issue July 13th 2022.

A foram photographed using
Rheinberg illumination.
Image by Sawyer Winn.


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

Rheinberg and rainbows - Sawyer Winn (USA) presents examples of the use of this valuable technique.

A treasure trove of tunicates - Richard L. Howey (USA) describes and illustrates examples of this marine organism.

Beach sand musing - Christian Autotte (Canada) explores a selection of sands from around the world kindly donated by a reader. PDF

Living fossils on the high mountain plains of Wyoming, USA - Jennie Lawrence (USA) describes and illustrates the tadpole shrimp Triops. PDF

Yet more fun with graphics - Richard L. Howey (USA) shares a further gallery of images modified using a selection of photo-editing options.

Key to morphological groups of diatoms - Rob Kimmich provides an aid to identification of this large group. PDF

From the Archives. The June 2012 issue.

The stereo microscope. Part 1 - Introduction and background - Jordan Kreindler (USA) shares a new expanded 3rd edition of his review of this important instrument.

The Carl Zeiss Optovar - Fritz Schulze (Canada) discusses the design and use of this feature seen on many Zeiss microscopes.

Uncle Will: Another dimension - [Editor June 2022: The now sadly late] Peter Paisley (Australia) discusses and illustrates the work of William Joseph Norman, part of the Norman family of slide mounters. (In doc format.)

A close up view of a Chinese Pagoda Primrose - Brian Johnston (USA) explores this striking plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

Mrs. Malaprop congratulates Micscape on its 200th issue - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun essay.

Science Heritage Ltd [SHL] 'Study & Preparation of Antique Microslides' - Ian Walker UK) reviews the slide making kit offered by SHL to purchase which also forms part of their 'lecture/workshop for 17th, 18th, 19th Century Natural Science Micrology'.

A mystery about micro-technique: Part 1 - Richard Howey (USA) investigates why a selection of prepared thin sections are mounted on thin mica.

Exploring the cultivated silk moth (Bombyx mori). Part 1: The forms and fine structure of the adult wing scales, a subject studied by Leeuwenhoek - David Walker (UK) explores an insect that was one of the earliest to be studied in detail. Leeuwenhoek's observations, including micrometric studies of the wing scale fine structure, were very accurate.


Klaus D Kemp, British diatomist RIP. My co-webmaster Mol Smith and I are very sad to hear that Klaus passed away in hospital on May 28th as reported on Facebook by his daughter. Our sincere condolences to his family.

He leaves a very fine legacy and his prepared slides are widely used and prized. He was a highly skilled practitioner of preparing both taxonomic and decorative arranged slides.

Klaus was always helpful and patient via email with my queries as an amateur microscopist. In the Micscape archive the Search engine shows that there are currently 74 articles where the use of his slides are illustrated and acknowledged.

This YouTube video 'directed, filmed and edited by Matthew Killip' and narrated by Klaus is a delightful insight into his work and his passion for diatoms.

David Walker, UK, voluntary Micscape editor.

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External links. Updated April 2020. 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.

groups.io (formerly Yahoo groups):
Amateur Microscopy
Diatom Forum
Microscopy as a hobby or profession
Wild Microscopes

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>21000 members, very active). Also specialist groups e.g. for users of given maker's microscopes (e.g. Zeiss, Olympus, Wild, Vickers). Also try a Facebook Group search with keywords like microscope or microscopy to find these.

Microbe hunter the website ably run by Oliver Kim has built up a popular and valuable forum with help for both the beginner and more advanced user.

'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.

The Amateur Diatomist archive This magazine resource ably created and administered by Steve Gill has now been ported to the Microscopy-UK site with Steve's permission as the former host server is now not available.
As well as all the issues in pdf format there are a wealth of other resources in the Downloads section including by noted workers such as Barber and the complete 532 page book 'An Introduction to the Microscopical Study of Diatoms' by Robert B. McLaughlin.

Diatoms of the Arid South West Originally hosted on the website of New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Services. Archived with permission from Dave Richman, resource editor, and C. Scott Bundy of the NMSU.

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 microscopy enthusiast website, forum and 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 in English and Italian.
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
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
'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
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria, forams and scales.
www.testslides.com website devoted to Stefano Barone's Diatom Lab test slides.
Darwin Biological a UK company for 'biological education' supplies. Including live cultures of protozoa and algae.
Microscopie van de Natuur Dutch microscopy resource site by Rolf Vossen.

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