Monocular Microscope and Case

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Black enamelled microscope with silver coloured metal eyepieces, objectives, and adjustment knobs and mechanisms. The specimen holder is attached to the stage adjustment mechanism. It has separate fine and coarse adjustments on the limb top, a two footed base with mirror mounted in the centre. Serial number 180210.
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Optical microscope
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L258 x W256 x H418 mm
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Indeterminate (Glass) Indeterminate (Metal Plating) Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous) Indeterminate (Metals - Non-Ferrous) Indeterminate (Woods)
<on front of the main optical tube> CARL ZEISS \ JENA \ Nr. 180210
<on top of the holder> CARL ZEISS \ JENA
<Engraved on small optical pieces > [calibration]
History and use
Monocular microscopes have a single eyepiece, but can have single or compound lenses. Compound lenses correct visual aberrations or distortions caused by the magnification process.

Carl Zeiss, founder of the German optical company Carl Zeiss Jena, now Carl Zeiss AG, developed and worked with microscopes from the 1840s until close to his death in 1888. The company continues to produce microscopes and distribute them internationally, and this particular model is an early 20th century model. It was used at University of Queensland and then placed in their Museum of Microscopy. The UQ microscope collection was donated to Queensland Museum in 2002.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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