Wright & Newton projection microscope

Made 1953

This microscope, designed by Lewis Wright and made by Frederick Newton in London in the 1880s, projects large images of micro-organisms, or of microscopic plant and animals parts, onto a distant screen. Groups of scientists could discuss the details without having to make accurate drawings of what they saw through an ordinary microscope. The microscope was bolted onto a ‘magic lantern’, inside which a very hot flame was directed at a lump of calcium oxide, producing bright ‘limelight’ that illum...


Projection microscope assembly consists of rear condensing lens, rotating polarisable lens, adjustable objective, rotatable slide stage, projecting objective with adjustments on a laterally adjusting track. Fluid tank with brass screw top and lens to one side, clear on the other side. Tank can be removed.


210 mm
206 mm
555 mm


Wright & Newton projection microscopes of this type were first produced and sold in 1884. This unit dates to the period 1884-1900.


Gift of Royal Society of NSW, 1953
20 October, 1953

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Wright & Newton projection microscope 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 July 2017, <https://ma.as/242621>
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