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Thury's multi-ocular microscope, c 1885.

Exton, David

Thury's multi-ocular microscope, c 1885.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


This microscope was made by the Geneva Optical Co for Profesor M Thury, a Swis physicist and may have been designed to save time when demonstrating to a group of students. It has five eye-piece tubes mounted on a central box containing a 90 degree prism, and the prism can be rotated to direct light from the single objective into any one of the 5 eye-pieces. Using the central eye-piece, the demonstrator focuses the microscope and the students adjust each of the 5 eyepieces to suit their individual vision.

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