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Carl Zeiss Universal Microscope

This microscope was one of the premier microscopes for all-purpose routine and critical microscopy applications during the 1960s. As usual, the quality of Zeiss workmanship and attention to detail is very evident in the design and execution of this superb instrument.

Although not evident from the outside, the complex internal light path of this microscope is simply incredible. A series of lenses, mirrors, and prisms work together to route the light through an intricate pathway throughout the body of the microscope. Shown with both transmitted and reflected light illumination globes, this microscope is equipped with a tungsten-halogen (transmitted) lamp, in addition to a mercury arc bulb for fluorescence and other reflected light applications. Objectives, eyepieces, and other glass lens elements are typical of the Zeiss designs, and the mechanical stage and substage condenser operate in a manner similar to that of other microscopes of the period.

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