Versamet 2 High Magnification Surface Microscope

The Versamet 2 is an old Metallurgical microscope used for looking at the grain structure of highly polished sample pieces in a lab. It does this by using a type of lens that directs light at your sample and looks at the reflected image at impressively high powers for a visible light microscope.


One of the neat features is that it’s designed to take photographs of your part. The majority of the bottom half is set up to reflect the image onto a Polaroid film cartridge with an option to send the image to an attached 35mm camera. It even comes with an exposure control unit to accurately run the internal shutter.

The beauty of a reflected light microscope is that you can look at opaque objects. Vintage razor blades are a personal favorite of mine. The microscopic world is amazing in the things that you can see in a traditional microscope, but the things you can see with a reflected light microscope are that much again astounding.


Like many of my odd toys, I picked this one up at an industrial auction. Best $25 lot I’ve gotten so far.


5 comments on “Versamet 2 High Magnification Surface Microscope

  1. WTF says:

    Hound, you crack me up. This is awesome, and I wish I had the space to turn my house into a giant science lab, like I’m sure yours is…

  2. lebite says:

    $25? WOW. I just bought a versamet 3 and am trying to figure out how to attach my Canon g16 to it.

    • The Engineer says:

      You might have some issues with that, the image coming out of the versamet is meant to project onto the flat surface of a piece of film (in my case an exposed sensor from a DSLR).
      Your G16 doesn’t have a removable lens and is relying on a relatively wide field of view to make a picture.

      Imagine trying to watch a movie while looking toward the projector. You won’t see more than what would be displayed on the screen in an area the width of your eye. And it’ll be out of focus to boot.

      You might be able to come up with a lensing option, but you would probably be better served just picking up an older DSLR like I did.

      • Ed says:

        How do you connect the slr and would the magnifications be correct?

      • The Engineer says:

        The magnifications would need to be calculated with some proper microscope scale (bought mine on ebay). Also if you aren’t using a full frame sensor DLSR you will have a cropped view of the center.
        I connected mine a few years ago with a mount that I machined with some CNC equipment and never made public. These days I would make it by modifying a model of a lens extension tube ( and using a 3D printer.

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