Microscopical Society of Southern California
2019 Meeting Program

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Weds January 16, 2019 at 6:30pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville.Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

This is the third in the three-part class on How to Use the Polarizing Microscope (the first part was held in September, second in October 2018).  If you intend to participate in the class and you don’t have a polarizing microscope, please let the MSSC President know so we can try to have extra stands available. 

DIC Light PathHow to Use the Polarizing Microscope,
Workshop presented by Wayne Moorehead

Using the Polarizing Microscope (MSSC workshop) This workshop is a reduction from a semester long course crammed into 3 sessions. Clearly, much will be removed due to time constraints, but essential components will be briefly covered:

Myths of the Microscope
Light & Optics   
Crystallography & Polarized Light Microscopy
Terminology 1 and 2      
Using PLM to identify unknowns
Isotropic crystals             
Uniaxial crystals
Biaxial crystals  
Microcrystal tests
Recrystallization & Fusion melts

                
Workshop 1 (Sep 19, 2018)
Myths of the Microscope
Light & Optics
Crystallography & PLM
Setting up the Polarized Light Microscope Terminology 1 Using PLM to identify unknowns Isotropic crystals
 
Workshop 2 (Oct 17, 2018)
Using PLM to identify unknowns
Refractive index determination of isotropic particles Microcrystal test example Terminology 2
 
Workshop 3 (Jan 16, 2019)
Uniaxial crystals
Biaxial crystals
Using PLM to identify unknowns
Refractive index determination of uniaxial crystals Fusion melt example

Important List of Supplies:

The following is a list of supplies and items you should bring to the meeting.  If you don’t have every item, just bring what you have.  If you have nothing on the list then just bring yourself and partner up with another member. 

An EXTENTION CORD for power supply (important).
Polarizing light microscope with illuminator
Stereo light microscope with illuminator
Tweezers (3, 3c, 4, 5, or 7 preferred)
Pen & Pencil, Paper for taking notes, and calculating the refractive index
Microscope slides (coverslips will be provided)

The instructor will provide other tools, refractive index liquids, samples, etc.

!!! You should be familiar with the articles used in the 1st and 2nd workshops (see below) - either print or download onto a device for reference during the class:

Terminology
Workshop Outline (Updated)
Koehler, Illumination and Centering
Abramowitz, Basics of PLM
Delly, Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy and Ancillary Techniques
McCrone, Using Scope for Non-microscopist
Weaver, Rediscovering PLM
McCrone Michel-Levy Chart
MSSC Abbreviations for Casenotes with forensic TRACE

Here are some additional references (pick one) to read in advance of the workshop if you are interested in learning more theory.  This list is not comprehensive. 

Bloss, Optical Crystallography or Introduction to Optical Crystallography
McCrone, Polarized Light Microscopy
Carlton, Pharmaceutical Microscopy
Schaeffer, Microscopy for Chemists
Stoiber & Morse, Crystal Identification with the Polarizing Microscope

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Weds, February 20, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville.Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds March 20, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds April 17, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds May 15, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

amoebaThe Pond Life program is undoubtedly one of our best attended and most exciting hands-on meetings! This is the event that you bring in your microscope (if you have one) and a samples of pond water obtained from your neighborhood: basically pond water, ditch water, puddles, fountain water or any other natural water samples. If you don’t have a pond source then just come and enjoy the collections brought in by others. We hope to have water samples from all over southern California. This is a fun, hands-on meeting, and one at which we'll hope to see new and exciting discoveries.

Suggested equipment list: water samples, microscopes, illuminators and pipettes and tools to play with the water samples. (Extra microscopes are always a good thing to bring for guests to use.)

If you have books or publications that identify Pond Life then do bring those along as well.

Check out the amoeba to the right, courtesy of www.micrographia.com.

Here's a video by Tom Jones showing pond water organisms filmed at the Microscopy Society of Southern California, May 2015, Pond Life Meeting in Santa Monica, CA. The specimen is lake water collected from Lake Gregory, in Crestline, CA., with a 20um pore size plankton net. Two different microscopes were used. The Rotifer is probably Synchaeta sp. and is shown in dark field using an Olympus BH-2, 1.67x projection eyepiece, DCD condenser, mag changer set at 2x, and a DPlan 20x objective. The second and third parts of the video show Stentor sp., also in dark field, using an Olympus SZH Research Stereo Microscope, DF Plan 1x objective, ILLD illuminator base set to dark field, SZH-PT phototube with a 1.67x projection eyepiece. Zoom magnification was set at 64x. A Tucsen TrueChrome II camera at 1080p was used for all parts of the video.

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Weds June 19, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds July 17, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds, August 21, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds, September 18, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds October 16, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds November 20, 2019 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

This is the annual Exhibition Meeting of the Society. This is one of the best events of the year and is a great deal of fun. Each member is encouraged to bring along an exhibit to share. Anything associated with microscopic subjects is welcome. Your exhibit could be simple, for example you could set up your microscope with your favorite slide. A projector will be provided for those bringing 35mm slides. Posters and display boards are also encouraged, along with the usual sales table. Please remember to bring a label or piece of paper with a brief description of your exhibit.

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No December meeting, instead the MSSC Holiday Banquet, date TBD

Come and celebrate the completion of another wonderful year with fellow MSSC members. Dinner cost $10-20, bring cash. All members and their guests welcome.

After dinner, we will present our annual report on the state of the Society, including plenty of highlights from 2019 followed by our special Christmas art under the microscope program. 

RSVPs to MSSC President required.

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Note: ideas expressed by speakers at these meetings are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the MSSC.

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