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Solar microscope
    • Setting:
      Room XI
    • Maker:
      Isidoro Gaspare Bazzanti
    • Place:
    • Date:
    • Materials:
      brass, cardboard, wood
    • Dimensions:
      plate 150x150 mm, mirror 182x76 mm, box 200x213x187 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Solar microscope (Inv. 3229)

This solar microscope consists of two main parts: the light housing and the body-tube. The light housing is composed of a frame on which an adjustable mirror is hinged and a tube containing a condenser to concentrate the light on the specimen. In the light housing is inserted a second tube made of cardboard covered in decorated paper, with a wooden mount. Screwed into this is a wooden cylindrical body with the stage and projection lens. The instrument, housed in a wooden box (lid missing), is signed by Isidoro Gaspare Bazzanti, about whom no information is known.