One woman's quest for geological understanding!

My Microscope

I have been meaning to post this for some time, but this time last year, my family clubbed together to purchase this amazing microscope for me!


It is a polarising microscope with transmitted illumination, binocular viewing head, phototube and strain free infinity corrected flat field objectives.

This, and the 2013 Christmas gift of a Canon EOS600D from my brother (John) and his wife, have put me in a great position to enjoy geoscience in greater detail!

Getting to grips with the set up, settings and ins and outs of this new equipment (especially the new camera!) has taken some time, but I hope to document it all soon!

Given sufficient free time, I will be posting Thin Section videos / photos more frequently in my blog!

Microscope specifications:

  • Wide filed 10x/18 eyepiece
  • Widefield 10x/18 eyepiece with cross-line
  • Strain free infinity objectives:
  • Planachromat 4x/0.10
  • Planachromat 10x/0.25
  • Planachromat 20x/0.40
  • Planachromat 40x/0.65
  • 30º inclined Seidentopf viewing head
  • Quadruple centering nosepiece
  • Analyser 0 – 90º
  • Bertrand lens
  • First order red & ¼ λ compensator
  • Quartz wedge – 4 orders
  • Rotating stage 360º, Division 1º, Vernier division 6’ – lockable
  • Strain free Abbe condenser NA 1.25
  • Polariser
  • Built-in LED illumination
  • Daylight blue filter
  • Photoeyepiece 2.5X (additional extra)
  • Camera attachment to fit 25mm diameter trinocular eyetubes (additional extra)
  • Adapter ring CANON EOS AF (additional extra)

If you are interested in procuring one, or similar, I can heartily recommend contacting Andy at Meiji Techno UK Ltd:


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