Microscopy Primer
Light and Color
Microscope Basics
Special Techniques
Digital Imaging
Confocal Microscopy
Live-Cell Imaging
Microscopy Museum
Virtual Microscopy
Web Resources
License Info
Image Use
Custom Photos
Site Info
Contact Us

The Galleries:

Photo Gallery
Silicon Zoo
Chip Shots
DNA Gallery
Amino Acids
Religion Collection
Cocktail Collection
Screen Savers
Win Wallpaper
Mac Wallpaper
Movie Gallery

Newman's Compound Microscope

In his book, Gerard Turner describes this microscope as a "home-made" British compound microscope made by Arthur S. Newman in 1931. The microscope was described by the inventor as being only a "sketch in metal", but it truly is a work of art.

The microscope, made from a hodgepodge of discarded parts, was exhibited on April 14, 1931 at a meeting of the Quekett Club, where the design won the approval of club members who later described the meeting in one of the Royal Microscopical Society journals. All of the primary components, including the body tube, stage, and condenser are mounted on a single limb that is supported on a pivot by a cast iron U-shaped foot. The optical components are designed to operate in "parallel" on this limb, bringing the conjugate planes onto a single axis. Course focus is achieved by rackwork operated with a knurled knob to raise and lower the body tube. Illumination is accomplished with a tungsten bulb placed in a housing below the condenser. The microscope is capable of using a variety of interchangeable objectives from different sources.


Questions or comments? Send us an email.
© 1998-2022 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at 02:19 PM
Access Count Since April 25, 1999: 52462
For more information on microscope manufacturers,
use the buttons below to navigate to their websites: