Binocular Microscope

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Black enamelled metal microscope with two eyepieces. Serial number208028. Rotating nosepiece with 4 objectives and coarse and fine focus adjustments on limp top. Stage adjustment mechanisms and specimen stage mounted at bottom of limb, with two-footed base beneath and mirror mounted in the centre. Comes with wooden case, accessory tray and glass diffuser.
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Optical microscope
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L257 x W254 x H430 mm
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Indeterminate (Glass) Indeterminate (Metal Plating) Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous) Indeterminate (Metals - Non-Ferrous) Card/Cardboard (Paper) Indeterminate (Woods)
<on front of the main optical tube> CARL ZEISS \ JENA
<on side of objectives> 'CARL \ ZEISS \ 2171633 \ Germany
<on side of the objectives> ZEISS \ WINKEL \ 291357
<on top of the stand> CARL ZEISS \ JENA
<on back of limb> Nr.208028
<on top of the specimen plate> CARL ZEISS \ JENA Nr.26992
<on top of the small optical tubes> ZEISS \ WINKEL
<on card inside the wooden case> E.LEITZ \ WETZLAR \ Vergroberungstabelle
History and use
Binocular microscopes are compound microscopes adapted to the use of both eyes. This makes viewing easier.

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 entire microscope collection was donated to Queensland Museum in 2002.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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