In this edition of the Macroscopic Solutions newsletter, we discuss a new Macropod accessory that has just hit the market! Also, we share one of the latest magazine articles to feature Macropod images, provide locations and schedules for upcoming meetings, and share some of our most popular images captured over the past month!


Unidentified Spider, Coventry, CT


The Micro Kit: A New Macropod Accessory

Various techniques for optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy have been used to characterize and describe a broad range of scientific materials.  The higher resolving capabilities of the electron, confocal and x-ray microscopes have classified these as the go to industry standards for imaging; however, new focus-stacking technologies relating to digital macro photography have since simplified and advanced the use of standard light imaging in order to achieve higher resolving powers down to 0.4 pm.  The images generated from these technologies show highly magnified details of colors and structures that represent samples in their most natural form.

Micro kits are now available and are to be used in conjunction with the Macropod.  Your purchase includes the M Plan Apo 10x-100x objectives, necessary adapters and foot-plates, a Canon EF telephoto lens and plenty of help and support from the experts at Macroscopic Solutions

Learn more about the Micro Kit here!

Better Photography: A magazine for the hobbyist photographer

Better Photography is a magazine and website that seeks to educate hobbyists and young photographers on various techniques, genres and people involved in the art of photography. This month’s 16-page issue contains 60 essential tips for capturing amazing macro photographs. The article contains a wide variety of macro images from multiple photographers, including Macroscopic Solutions. You can view the issue in its entirety by clicking on the cover photo to the right.

Subscribe to Better Photography here



The Macropod’s images are sometimes considered a mixture of science and art.  This is because a scientific instrument is used to achieve an artistic end that is significant for discovery, observation and education.  The images appease the senses and document high quality data of subjects that are associated with time and position.

Macroscopic Solutions releases many images daily and the some of our most noteworthy are shown below. 

Oil Beetle (Meloe), 5x Coventry CT

Blue wing scales on a Starry Cracker butterfly

Wet Agapostemon sp San Diego Co. USA

Scorpion of unknown species (3/4 inch long)

Flesh fly, Pittsburgh, PA

Trumpet lichen


Tick Summit

On February 25, 2015, Macroscopic Solutions will be exhibiting for individuals conducting tick surveillance in the northeast United States.  The spread and emergence of new diseases being carried and transmitted by ticks makes them an ideal specimen for research.  The Macropod is an effective tool to record the various species in the region. 

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum

On March 17, 2015, Macroscopic Solutions will be giving a presentation at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on scientific imaging techniques that are made simple with their novel imaging system, the Macropod. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) will host the meeting. This event is open to the public.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
10th and Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C. 
Room WG 33, West Wing

For those whom need an escort, congregate in the Constitution Ave. lobby between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. We will be checking every 15 minutes. PLEASE BE PROMPT!

— 5:30 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $3.00 for the donation jar.)
— 6:00 p.m. Business and announcements
— 6:10 p.m. Presentation

Geological Society of America Northeastern Section

The GSA Northeastern Section is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, and to do so it is returning to The Omni-Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH. The meeting is scheduled from March 23-25. Visit the GSA website for information on registration, symposia, the resort, and more.

Northeast Natural History Conference

The 15th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) will be held from April 18-20, 2015 at the Sheraton Springfield Hotel in Springfield, MA. This conference promises again to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. For more information about this event, visit the NENHC website.


By showing this newsletter at these events, you will receive one free high-resolution image of your specimen on-site AND you will be entered for a chance to win $250 worth of Macroscopic Solutions imaging services. Click Here to read more about imaging services.