The Collection

on Our permanent public exhibit you will be able to see the following object categories:

Telescopes (about 50), with emphasis on:

  • One of the oldest (18th Century) metal mirror Newtonian telescope
  • The biggest (14 inch handmade dobsonian)
  • A 14″ Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain, the most advanced in Madeira Island.


Binoculars (over 400), most notably:

  • Galilean binoculars
  • Keplerian with erecting lenses
  • Prismatic with “roof” prisms
  • Prismatic with “porro” prisms


Film cameras and projectors (around 150)

  • 35mm, 16mm, 9.5mm, Super8 and 8mm formats


Photographic cameras (about 650), notably:

  • Plate cameras from the end of the XIX century.
  • Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Cameras such as Rolleiflex, Yashica and Minolta
  • Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras such as Nikon, Canon, Pentax
  • Folding Cameras and photo booth rentals from the Epic Events services
  • Instant cameras (from first to last)
  • Box Cameras
  • Rangefinder cameras such as Leica
  • Micro cameras (HIT, Arrow, Mycro and similar)
  • “System” cameras such as Hasselblad, Mamiya and Fuji.


Medical related optical devices like

  • Phoropters
  • Lensmeters
  • Ophthalmoscopes


Biology area optical devices like binocular and monocular microscopes and accessories

  • Antique and modern monocular microscopes
  • Antique and modern binocular (mono and stereo) microscopes
  • Preparations and other accessories


Army equipment

  • Night vision goggles
  • Heavy duty rangefinders and periscopes from armored vehicles
  • Aiming scopes


Topography equipment

  • Theodolites
  • Dumpy levels