Al Shinn's Stuff

Here you can find do-it-yourself plans to build a van Leeuwenhoek microscope replica. You can also find some pics of one of my magnetic levitation gadgets and a pic of my ceramic dragonfly and some notes on steam casting. 

Experience the beginnings of Microscopy!

For some time now I have been studying the microscopes of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, and building replica prototypes. I have finally settled on a design that I would like to offer to the public. It is made of two thin, beaten brass sheets, about 47mm tall by 25mm wide, with a lens captured between them. The subject is placed on a metal pin, which has screw adjustments for focus and position. One of the adjusting screws protrudes below the microscope's brass-sheet body, allowing it to serve as a handle.

This microscope looks very much like the one in the museum at Utrecht (circa 1690). It has a lens made of a 2mm dia. glass ball, a power of about 180X, and surprisingly good resolution.

Here is a picture of my
van Leeuwenhoek microscope replica.

and a color picture

You can buy these beautiful, functional, handbeaten brass instruments for $175

Notice, this offer is temporarily (I hope) discontinued as I am SERIOUSLY backlogged!

email me if you wish to be on my *notify* list

I am thinking of restarting if there is enough interest, probably at arount $175 or so, let me know if you might be interested

Alan Shinn
(510) 548-2048


or build one for yourself

Construction Plans

Use Instructions

here are instructions for useing your microscope

useing your microscope instructions

Other Stuff

Go here to see some other stuff, like some pics of one of ,my magnetic levitation gadgets and a picture of my ceramic Dragonfly, and some notes on steam casting.

Other Stuff