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** MIC-UK NEWSLETTER **
** [ April 13th 2000 ] **
Welcome to the Microscopy-UK : Newsletter Issue 6
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Feedback, comments, critique, requests for inclusions, please to:-
Maurice Smith - Co-ord Mic-UK Email: mol@...
= Contents =
1] Mic-UK Section Updates
2] Micscape Magazine Updates
3] Beyond Magazine Updates
4] Mic-UK Store - New Products
5] Small Ads - Sales & Wants
1]Mic-UK Section Updates
We are being approached more and more by businesses
interested in selling you microscopes and accessories.
The problem is none of them seem willing to provide anything
in return for advertising them and introducing their resources
on Mic-UK. Since Mic-UK and Micscape have dual roles of offering
non-profit making support for enthusiast microscopy whilst also
attempting to cover some costs with a trusted commercial outlet...
we find such requests difficult.
Mic-UK receives 30,000 hits a day including hits to Micscape
Magazine. This high degree of activity has been brought about
through the actions of people around the world commiting time and
effort for nothing more than the will to help ensure there is a
place on the web for enthusiasts.
We have personally met the one or two businesses selling through
the online shop and we agreed with them specific conditions which
allow them to reach you thru all this work. There is only one condition:
provide something which helps us to mature and nuture the people both
contributing time and effort or the people coming to visit us to seek help
It is a strange thing that when we write back to businesses wanting to
advertise their links to their wares, asking what they can offer in return
- we rarely hear from them again.
The internet grows ever-more commercial! In line with our original
objectives we attempt to ride thru this time with our ethics and motives
Through you, we are one of the most successful microscopy sites on the
internet: a phenomena and one of a kind. Such contribution - indeed -
sacrafice of time and commitment is so not so easily cast away to all
and sundry for commmercial ranking and competition. As a co-founder
of both Micscape and Mic-UK there is but a single promise - Mic-UK and
Micscape will continue to develop and evolve through the same strategies
that spawned it: friendship, microscopy promotion, support, know-how to
make it happen, and no prostitution of its democratic and benevolent aim
to commercial enterprises unwilling to support our objectives through our
This is something you can be certain of despite the churn and hype which
moves people into this ever-developing media. With 5 years experience, we
are quite able to survive and expand our presence without turning it into
a crosswords and stop-off point to buying microscopes at inflated prices
all made by about 5 major companies and then cap-badged by any one of
scores of companies around the globe to offer something which earns them
agency fees and commissions
unless they are prepared to support our work here!
Our aim is microscopy for the enthusiasts. Resources - trusted - allied -
working with us to ensure that every person who hits our site and either
receives information free or material for as low as cost as we can deliver
them... understands we are not here for the money - we are here as a
driving force second to none!
Mic-UK is an old-fashioned place of ethics and goodwill. But is is
a place of power and knowledge which does not need to sell-out. We have
the technological skills, we have external enterprsises created
to financially support our benevolent aim and we have the strategies in
place to ensure this site will continue its work against all new-comers
wanting something commercially for nothing... and thereby we will secure
and preserve the outstanding achievements of those who contribute and you
our visitors who further their own investigations into the small-scale
2] Micscape Magazine Updates
The April issue of Micscape is now on-line and thanks once again to all
the contributors and readers for supporting the magazine. The contents are
Dave Walker (new e-mail address is diwalk@... ).
April Micscape contents
A video macroscope/microscope project and its use for an interactive
exhibit - Aare Bumer, Estonia.
Spring Narcissi and pollen germination - Chris Thomas, UK.
Papyrus from the Lower Nile - Brian Darnton, UK.
Insect eyes - Jan Parmentier, Netherlands.
A microscopical view of an old diatom circle pattern slide with 250+
diatom shells - Martin Mach, Germany.
My first 'proper' microscope (Watson stand ca. 1900) - Paul James, UK.
Diatoms in dark-field Part III - Roland Mortimer, Brazil.
The 'QX3' in macro mode - Rudolf Baumueller, US.
A microscopic 'Loch Ness monster' - a look at Lacrymaria olor. Richard
When dragons fall from the sky - dragonfly in 3D. Maurice Smith, UK.
On samples, slides and ... surfing. Dave Walker, UK.
3] Beyond Magazine Updates
The March 2000 issue of Beyond is now online:
This issue's feature articles:
* Using the Mark One Eyeball To Study Nature In Close-Up
by Dave Walker with images by Dave & Ian Walker
Dave Walker shares some beaugiful images of Spring in
Northern England and shows us that the Mark One Eyeball
is a great tool for studying the wonders of Nature in close-up.
* Improving Depth of Focus In Digital Images
by Marly Cain-Fryman
In this first of a series of articles on digital camera microscopy,
Marly Cain-Fryman shares a simple tip for improving depth of
focus in digital images.
* The Miracle of Life Part 2
by Bernhard Schopper
In part 2 of this multipart series, Bernhard Schopper explores the
origins and processes of life: the chemical activity of cellular
matter that constitutes basic life.
* A Blast From The Past (Student Microscope Set)
by Guido E. Santacana
Guido Santacana, an avid microscopist and collector, shares
his boyhood dream as he presents a 1965 Student Microscope
Set from his collection that is very special to him. "It's like a
blast from the past!"
* Kids Zone
by Marly Cain-Fryman & R. M. Cain
Go with Marly on the most important cyber-mission in the history
of mankind... Project Methuselah: The Mission. This exciting and
imaginative multimedia extravaganza, four years in the making,
puts YOU right inside the story!
As always, we welcome and appreciate comments and article
contributions from our readers regarding your hobbies and interests.
Contact Beyond Editors: beyond@...
4] New Products added to Shop
During April we are having an April madness month
where on a whim we are offering extras and bargains. Its a fun
month and what we put up one day, we may remove the next.
Visit the Mic-UK front page to see what ison offer each day!
To visit our shop, please go to:- http://onview.net/onviewshop/
5] Small Ads - Sales and wants from other visitors and subscribers
The following emails were received from other enthusiast microscopists
looking for a certain item or wishing to sell one. To place your small
ad in this newsletter, please visit:-
-- WANTED --
From: henderj westholmes <henderj.westholmes@...>
Date: 27 February 2000 08:47
Subject: Replacement light bulb
I have an old Britex projector microscope and I need a new light bulb. It
takes a Mazda 6V 30 W F/25 with a screw fitting. Any idea where I could
get one ?
Urgently required Leitz Heine Phase substage condenser
with matching objectives.
Brass microscope, E.Leitz Wetzlar, single lens, c/w rosewood case and key
and some other eyepieces and slides. This scope left the factory on 1st
Jan 1900 to go to Switzerland. I am not a dealer. Please contact asap.
Price to be arranged.
-- FOR SALE --
BOOKS FOR SALE.
I have a large selection of old and not-so-old books for sale on
microscopy and related fields. Please have a look at the list at
Microscoists weekend at Malham Tarn Fiel Center 25th to the 27th Aug 2000
some places still are avauble but contact Peter as soon as you can for
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