Edmund Culpeper's Early Tripod Microscope ~1725

 

Between 1725 and 1730, British microscope designer and maker Edmund Culpeper produced what was to become a very popular microscope type. His design had a double tripod base; the lower level had a mirror to illuminate specimens on the upper level. He marketed it as the "Double Reflecting Microscope." Numerous makers quickly copied the design and enjoyed immense popularity throughout the 18th century.

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In some ways, the Culpeper microscope was a step back in microscope design. The upright aspect was difficult to use and illuminate, and their optical performance was mediocre at best. However, the Culpeper-type microscope was simple to construct and not exceptionally costly. Therefore, it opened up the world of microscopy to a larger audience.