Photographic Stereo Microscope and Accessories

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There are two brass binocular eyepeices, two brass viewing lenses and brass supporting legs for specimen platform. Camera is connected to the body of the microscope on an adjustable screw mount. Stereo slide holder on the top of the camera apparatus. Mechanical stage controls are located on the base to adjust height, as well as focussing knobs on the viewing apparatus and camera attachment.
CH classification SCIENCES Demonstration Equipment
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Optical microscope
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L220 x W210 x H350 mm
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Indeterminate (Glass) Indeterminate (Metal Plating) Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous) Indeterminate (Metals - Non-Ferrous) Plastics (Synthetic Materials)
<on top of the sample platform> CARL ZEISS \ JENA \ Nr 57081
<on back edge of microscope> CARL ZEISS \ JENA
<on back edge of microscope> Nr.495 \ M Z
<Engraved on back edge of microscope > Nr.495 \ M Z
History and use
A stereo microscope allows the user to view specimens three-dimensionally by using two objectives and two viewing lenses with separate optical paths that give the right and left eye slightly different angles of view. This particular microscope is equipped with a 35mm camera, in addition to the regular eyepiece. When switched to photographic mode, the light is directed to the camera and a release button is pressed to produce an image on the slides. This allows scientists to share and illustrate discoveries very easily.

This particular microscope, made by internationally renowned optical manufacturer Carl Zeiss, was used at the University of Queensland and belonged to Geology Professor Dorothy Hill. It was later placed in the Museum of Microscopy at the University of Queensland. The whole collection was then donated to Queensland Museum in 2002.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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