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.
You can buy these beautiful, functional, handbeaten brass instruments
for $175 Notice, this offer is temporarily (I hope) discontinued as I am
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
or build one for yourself
here are instructions for useing your microscope
your microscope instructions
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.