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Leitz Monocular Microscope

This microscope was manufactured by the E. Leitz factory in Germany during the early 1930s and was originally purchased by a country doctor in Nova Scotia, Canada.

More than fifty years later, the microscope was traded to Ron Neumeyer, a microscopist in Vancouver, Canada who has described it thoroughly. The microscope consists of a 160 millimeter mechanical tube length monocular body that has a single ocular and a revolving nosepiece fitted with three objectives. Finished in polished brass, the body and focus rack are finely machined to a very close tolerance, and the objectives contain achromatic lenses designed for routine laboratory use. The stage lacks a mechanical mechanism, but does have two sample-holder clips that secure a microscope slide in place for observation. The limb is polished and painted black, producing a beautiful, yet sturdy stand for vibration-free microscopy. Both coarse and fine focus are achieved through rack and pinion mechanisms and the substage condenser also is mobilized through rackwork. The mirror is plano-concave and designed to be used with (flat side) or without (concave side above 10x) a condenser.


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