Solar Microscope


Solar microscopes were introduced around 1740, and still popular in the nineteenth century. This incomplete example--only the mirror and window frame remain--may have been made in Paris around 1850 and used for public lectures at the Smithsonian.

Ref: Lerebours et Secretan, Catalogue et Prix des Instruments (Paris, 1853), pp. 11-12.

Deborah Warner, “Projection Apparatus for Science in Antebellum America,” Rittenhouse 6 (1992): 87-94.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315162Catalog Number: 315162Accession Number: 219145

Object Name: Solar Microscope

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 1/8 in x 9 1/8 in x 12 1/2 in; 23.1775 cm x 23.1775 cm x 31.75 cm


Record Id: nmah_1695374

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