Lighting Van Leeuwenhoek's samples

Lesley A. Robertson*

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Possible techniques for lighting opaque samples while using Van Leeuwenhoek microscopes have been tested, and the results are presented in relation to published material. The design of the microscope causes the sample to be in shadow with any form of top lighting. It is therefore suggested that Van Leeuwenhoek's hinted 'particular method of observing' might refer to a different style of microscope as shown in the frontispiece of the sale catalogue for his microscopes, and available at that time for purchase from sellers of optical equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfnx247
Number of pages6
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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  • Opaque samples
  • Single lens microscopes
  • Van Leeuwenhoek


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