For an instrument designed to focus on small details, the origins of the microscope are surprisingly fuzzy. A Dutch spectacle maker named Zacharias Janssen probably devised the principle leading to the compound microscope in the early 17th century, which is also when Galileo Galilei made his first device, which was dubbed a “microscope” by Giovanni Faber. Another Dutchman, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, improved the microscope’s lens so much so that his design persisted well into the following century, when Isaac Newton built a reflecting microscope. Other names associated with early microscopes are Robert Hooke, Guiseppe Campani, John Marshall, and Edmund Culpeper.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Alloy Artifacts

Alloy Artifacts

A tool collectors’ dream, this site is a deep repository of photos and info on 20th century hand tools and the co… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Machinery

Vintage Machinery

This collective website, which started as an online discussion forum, also includes a large database of manufacture… [read review or visit site]

Drainspotting

Drainspotting

Josh and Cam Larios have created this site enabling people to upload and 'tag' photos of historic or artistic manho… [read review or visit site]

A Millers Falls Home Page

A Millers Falls Home Page

Randy Roeder has carved out a niche for himself with his fine website devoted to the history of the Millers Falls C… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Cased Brass Antique `martin Type` Drum Microscope. C/w Accessories.Cased Brass Antique Monocular Microscope By A.franks. C/w Accessories.Superb 1926 Period Lacquered Brass Microscope By E.leitz Wetzlar.Late Georgian Scientific Microscope Instrument - Cased & Another Part InstrumentAntique Brass Bench Magnifying Lens On Stand. Microscope.Antique Reichert Wein Brass Microscope In Wood BoxFine 19th Century Cased Microscope By Hart & Praz Of Paris, Retailed By MarrLacquered Drum Microscope In Case With SlidesWild M20 Heerbrugg 94789 V1,25x Microscope With Wild 10714Fine 19th Century Cased Microscope By C. Reichert Of ViennaLeitz Wetzlar Germany 592857 MicroscopeAntique 1899 Spencer Brass Vintage Microscope No Case No Reserve!Antique Brass 13907 Carl Zeiss Jena Microscope Lenses A D 5x Magnifier Orig BoxZeiss Microscope Polariser & AnalyserOld Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. Scientific Adjustable Spot Light Lamp MicroscopeAtco Senior Microscope Set Brass Microscope Wood Box Circa 1933Vintage Tasco Brand Stereo Prospector's Microscope 30x W Trays Of Minerals & OreCased Antique Bausch And Lomb Optical Co. Microscope Black Pat. Jan 5 1915 LeitzBausch & Lomb Antique Brass Jughandle Microscope Owned By Harvard Professor Vintage Spencer Buffalo Microscope 180700 W/wooden Box~ Old Brass Antique ? Live Box ? Microscope Slide ~ Student's Pocket Field Microscope Fenestrated Brass C.1900Hudson Photgraphic Microscope Projection Viewer (cased)Vintage Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. Microscope Copper / Black SpencerVintage Brass Microscope LensVintage Manual Unitron Binocular Microscope With Case And AttachmentsMini Microscope 60x Led Pocket Magnification For Fossil Inspection Glass Loupe