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Leitz Inverted "Chemists Microscope"

According to Jan Hinsch of Leitz, this inverted microscope was designed in the 1950s and was very popular until discontinued in the early to mid 1970s. It features a black enamel frame, body, stage, and head with a revolving inverted nosepiece designed for examining specimens from below.

The microscope was a low power affair, originally intended as a laboratory inverted microscope for the observation of chemical reactions in Erlenmeyer flasks, thus the name Chemist's Microscope. Actually, the microscope enjoyed a much wider audience for use as a workhorse inverted microscope to observe the cell growth in tissue culture vessels. A binocular head is attached to the inverted nosepiece through a straight body tube, and light passes through a series of prisms and mirrors. Focus is achieved with a rack and pinion mechanism that moves the stage upward and downward. A chrome pillar houses the lamphouse and condenser assembly that illuminates specimens from above.


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