Leeuwenhoek Microscope Copies

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Leeuwenhoek Microscope Copies

#1 Post by Charles » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:35 pm

Here is a couple of Leeuwenhoek replica microsopes. I can actually see things with both but the brass one gives the best images.
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#2 Post by gekko » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:54 am

Beautiful replicas. Thank you for posting those pictures.

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#3 Post by 75RR » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:05 pm

Here is a couple of Leeuwenhoek replica microsopes. I can actually see things with both but the brass one gives the best images.
Thanks for this. Interesting.

Looked up how they work and came across a site that tells you how to make one.
http://www.mindspring.com/~alshinn/Leeu ... plans.html
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Re: Leeuwenhoek Microscope Copies

#4 Post by JimT » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:35 pm

Charles, you really are a collector! How old the replicas?

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#5 Post by Charles » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:16 pm

Jim,
The one in the black was made in 1970. The brass one, I don't know the date. It does have imprinted Replica Leiden on the back, which leads me to believe it was made in the Netherlands.

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#6 Post by einman » Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:49 am

Quite the collection. You should open a museum.

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#7 Post by apochronaut » Fri May 15, 2015 2:22 am

I read somewhere that Leeuwenhoek made his lenses by fashioning glass droplets,which he became quite proficient at, rather than a grinding method. This allowed him to achieve very high magnifications. Can you tell how these were made?

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#8 Post by Charles » Sat May 16, 2015 9:29 pm

Hi Apo,
I can't tell if these were made by grinding or from glass droplets.

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#9 Post by apochronaut » Sun May 17, 2015 7:21 pm

I certainly wouldn't know either but presumably these would be off the shelf plano-convex lenses. I think he managed to figure out a way of cooling a glass drop on an exceptionally smooth non-adherent surface( possibly a polished gemstone or the like?). This allowed him to get into the triple figures and see some very small "animacules".

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#10 Post by gekko » Sun May 17, 2015 7:56 pm

Thanks for the interesting discussion.

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#11 Post by cpsTN » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:02 am

These look more like door hinges. We've come a long way!
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