Compound microscope, after George Adams

London George Adams

The first microscopes had only one lens and were not much more than a magnifying glass. Soon after, however, lens systems were devised that were to supply a larger magnification and a clear image. Microscopes with more than one lens are also called compound microscopes. This compound microscope consists of a tube with at the end an objective lens (the objective) and at the other end an eye lens (the ocular). The objective generates a magnified image of the object. The ocular serves as a magnifying glass with respect to this image. The microscope has a magnifying factor up to 200 times. In later developments of the microscope, the objective no longer consisted of one lens, but of a complete lens system. The ocular too was soon extended: in order to broaden the field of vision, a so-called field lens was placed before it, after an idea of Christiaan Huygens from 1656.

Administration name

Fysisch Kabinet


Compound microscope, after George Adams

Translated title

Compound microscope, after George Adams


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Production notes

1790 c.


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Object number

FK 0367

Reproduction reference

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