Petrology & meteorology through a microscope with thin rock sections

Plain vs Crossed Polarisation various samples LOMO Polam P-113 Microscope

Comparing plain vs crossed polarisation for various samples – all x3.5 magnification as currently this is only objective I have for this microscope – uses special clamp mechanism so my other objectives won’t fit.

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Permian-floodplain-deposit-Robledo-New-Mexico-LOMO-Polam-P113-Crossed-Polars-120518: Excellent birefringement is shown here, and this can be seen varying between the images as polarised filter rotated (below).

Laminated-mudstone-LOMO-Polam-x3-5-plane-polar-120518: Some birefringence evident where crystals form in both images, more so in bottom as the two polarised filters approach 90 degrees orientation to each other (below).

Fossilised-palm-tree-LOMO-Polam-x3-5-plain-polar-120518: Even here some crystal deposition is evident, as shown by coloured areas of birefringence, more evident in second image where polars are crossed (below).

Ritland Impactite – “first light” with LOMO Polam P-113 Polarising Microscope

The following photos are from a slide of Ritland Impactite seen through the LOMO Polam P-113 Polarising Microscope. The four photos show the changing colour of the crystals as the polarising filter in the condenser is turned through 90 degrees. There is another polarising filter in the eyepiece assembly. Hence, this slide is being seen with “Crossed Polarising Filters”.

Information on the LOMO Polam P-113 Polarising Microscope can be found here,

The following is a video of the same slide through this microscope – showing effect of rotating the polarising filter in the condenser, rotating the rotating stage, and X-Y movement of the stage.


LOMO P-113 Polarising Microscope

The LOMO P-113 Polarising Microscope is an old Russian Federation microscope – solidly built, this one comes with an LED modification to the illuminator and a trinocular head and monocular head. I have used the monocular head in the trinocular port of the trinocular head to allow simultaneous photography and visual observation. There is lever on side of the trinocular head to change between visual and photographic use.

See also the following post where “first light” with this microscope,