Compass microscope in fishskin case, English, mid 18th century
Compass microscopes are hand-held microscopes. They were considered easy to use although accurately focussing on objects was difficult. They are known as compass microscopes as the lens holder and the object holder are both pivoted and the distance between the two can be adjusted. The fish skin-covered wooden box contains additional lenses and mounts.
- Microscopy (Wellcome)
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overall (case closed): 45 mm x 135 mm x 90 mm, 0.28 kg
overall (case open): 425 mm x 135 mm x 187 mm, 0.28 kg
- compass microscope
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- optical instrument
- Nachet and Son
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