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Compound microscope
    • Setting:
      Room XIV
    • Inventor:
      Giovanni Battista Amici
    • Maker:
      Giovanni Battista Amici
    • Place:
    • Date:
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    • Dimensions:
      height 350 mm; box 320x200x111 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Compound microscope (Inv. 3201)

This compound microscope, similar to microscope inv. 3203, was made by Giovanni Battista Amici. The instrument is mounted on a tripod to which a square-sectioned pillar is fastened. The illumination mirror and the stage move along the pillar by rackwork. The stage is fitted with micrometer screws for X and Y motion. Below it is a circular diaphragm with three holes. Focusing is by adjusting the position of the stage relative to the body-tube attached horizontally to the pillar. An articulated arm holds a bull's eye lens in front of the body-tube. The body-tube can be removed and replaced by a support for holding a simple objective. The box contains many items including four eyepieces, a lieberkuhn, two camera lucidas, and accessories for handling specimens. Probable provenance: Lorraine collections.