Kaleidoscope Mirror Systems - Multiple Mirror Systems

Multiple Mirror Systems

Three common types of multiple mirror systems exist:

  • Binocular Scopes
  • Multiple Mirror Systems in a Single Scope
  • Companion Scopes

Binocular Scopes

This is simply creating two scope bodies and joining them together to view a single object chamber.   They look like binoculars and, like binoculars, the person using the scope uses both their eyes to view the scope.  Each body has its own mirror system and eye piece.  The two mirror systems are usually identical.

The below photo shows the front and back of the same wooden 3-mirror binocular scope.


Below is a stained glass 4-mirror binocular scope


Multiple Mirror Systems in a Single Scope

Some scopes contain multiple mirror systems next to each other within a single body.  The most popular configuration is a 2 and 3-miror combination.  Other scopes contain three unique mirror systems.  Popular versions are 2, 3 and 4 mirror system combinations and 2, 3 and spiral mirror combinations.

Below photo shows  a scope containing 2 & 3-mirror systems and the images through the eye piece.


Each mirror system has its own viewing hole within the eye piece.

Below photo shows the eye piece of a scope containing 3 unique mirror systems

Companion Scopes

Another form of a multiple mirror system is when the object chamber is in the middle and the mirror systems all face toward it in a single scope.  This is often referred to as a "Companion" scope because two or more people can view the scope at the same time.

Photo of a 2 and 3-mirror "Companion" scope