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Compound microscope

Date

ca. 1810

Creator

William Cary (1759-1825, British), Instrument maker

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height: 152mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

Side view of a compound non-achromatic microscope with fittings including hand held lenses with a turned ivory handle, in a mahogany case.

A compound microscope has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece. William Cary designed this model for portability.

Object history

This microscope belonged to natural philosopher Henry Baker FRS (1698-1774).

Associated place

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