6A10.42 - Mirrors - Kaleidoscope - Teleidoscope -Polariscope

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Mirrors - Kaleidoscope - Teleidoscope -Polariscope
Area of Study:
Microscope slide kaleidoscopes, regular kaleidoscopes, teleidoscope book and flexible mirror, large demonstration kaleidoscope, mounting brackets for assembly.

Using the special corner mounting assemble the large demonstration kaleidoscope.  Place an object in the center of the kaleidoscope and look into the kaleidoscope at a shallow angle to see multiple images.  Or, lower the kaleidoscope over your head and look at multiple images of yourself.

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