Tunnelscope: Circular Mirror Kaleidoscope

Tunnelscope kaleidoscopes of many designs available here:

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Tunnelscope Circular Reflection Kaleidoscope: in this novel design a straight length of transparent acrylic rod provides the reflective surface, and two wheels filled with resin and interesting shapes of colored glass can each be turned separately to produce a flow of psychedelic patterns. The physics of refraction and total internal reflection allows for multiple reflections of the images down this light pipe “tunnel”, in essence providing a near perfect circular mirror design. A creation of kaleidoscope innovator and artist Roy Cohen, and made from polished brass, cast acrylic, and colored glass. 

Color Spirit Kaleidoscope

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Color Spirit Kaleidoscope: a side lit kaleidoscopic with sparkling and kinetic mandala. The intricate patterns seen come from shiny trinkets that flow in oil, and two mirrors that are precisely aligned at a 60 degree angle to produce the sixfold symmetry. This affordable yet top quality kaleidoscope is from the Color Spirit line of artist Karl Schilling. 

 

Hosono Kaleidoscope

Fine Art Kaleidoscopes by Tomoo Hosono:
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Two Mirror Kaleidoscope: this unassuming stainless steel cylinder holds within one of the most beautiful kaleidoscopic mandalas I’ve seen. The colors seen come from polarizing filters and thin films encased in oil, and the two mirrors are precisely aligned at a 60 degree angle to produce the sixfold symmetry.


Pyramidion Kaleidosphere Kaleidoscope

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Pyramidion Kaleidosphere: a precision made (and affordable) acrylic kaleidoscope of 3 tapered mirrors which creates reflections that appear as a 3D curved surface, and with clear gaps in each side that appear upon reflection as a geodesic cage that surrounds the central image. Shining a light through these clear gaps (and the end sphere) creates the brilliant blue flashes and intricate patterns of light. Designed by artist Nick Moore and produced with extremely clean lines by BrilliantAdventures.com. The kaleidoscope itself was invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), and kaleidoscope innovation is still an evolving art form. 

 

Tapered Mirror Kaleidoscopes 

These precision kaleidoscopes are crafted from front surface mirrors and other specialty materials, many with innovative design and construction techniques:

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Tapered Mirror Kaleidoscopes: hidden within these colorful tubes are tapered mirrors, 2 rolling glass spheres, and 1 dichroic glass reflector. These elements combine to produce the dynamic and magical images seen through the view window as the device is slightly tilted back and forth and brought in and out of a bright light source. The first design uses 3 mirrors to create the hexagonal symmetries, the second design uses 4 mirrors to produce the infinite cylinder effect. These unique teleidoscope designs are but two of many creations by artist Marc Tickle. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor. 

Four Mirror Kaleidoscope 

Other kaleidoscopes by this artist: Apres la Pluie

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Four Mirror Kaleidoscope: this new addition to my collection is unique and strange for two reasons- instead of the usual hexagon pattern (3 mirrors) we have a square grid layout (4 mirrors), and on the end where the light comes through, an odd hologram of an eye as if the scope is looking back at you! Weird and wonderful from artist Dominic Stora of Après la Pluie gallery.


Tapered 4-Mirror Kaleidoscope

These precision kaleidoscopes are crafted from front surface mirrors and other specialty materials, many with innovative design and construction techniques:

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Tapered 4-Mirror Kaleidoscope: not CGI- these images are produced by mirrors and light! Hidden within this colorful tube are 4 mirrors, 2 rolling glass spheres, and 1 dichroic glass reflector. These elements combine to produce the dynamic and magical images seen through the view window as the device is slightly tilted back and forth and brought in and out of a bright light source. Entitled “Dichroic Disco” this piece is but one of many amazing creations by artist Marc Tickle, taking kaleidoscope design to the next level. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor.

CUMOS Cube Kaleidoscope

The CUMOS Cube is a creation of artist Minori Yamazaki. Available for purchase- inquire via the contact info below:

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CUMOS Cube: a variation on the Kaleidoscope by artist @minori.yamazaki that produces a Cosmos in a box. So much wonder hidden within this unassuming white cube where etchings on front surface mirrors produce the repeating geometric patterns. A moving light source (led flashlight) is projected on the cube producing the dazzling animation effect on the multiple reflections. 

Fluid Cell Kaleidoscope 

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Fluid Cell Kaleidoscope: flowing immiscible fluids provide a psychedelic vibe in this vintage kaleidoscope from the 1970s by artist Peach Reynolds. A simple equilateral triangle mirror system creates the hexagonal lattice structure in this latest addition to my kaleidoscope collection. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor.


Wine-Themed Kaleidoscope

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Wine-Themed Kaleidoscope: precision construction using surface coated mirrors set at an angle of exactly 72 degrees creates the beautiful symmetry of a five point mandala in this artisan kaleidoscope. The viewing cell is filled with shiny and colorful wine themed trinkets- grapes, vines, and other items found in and around a winery. Swipe to see more of the intricacies of the patterns produced by turning the viewing cell. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor.

Polarized Light Cell Kaleidoscope

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Polarized Light Cell Kaleidoscope: the amazing colors you see from the object cell of this 3 mirror kaleidoscope are generated by manipulating the polarization of light- the object in the clear wand is a strip of clear cellophane in oil which has the property of optical rotation. These property allows for an incredible range of color formation when placed between two linear polarization filters (swipe for demonstration). A creation of kaleidoscope artist Ron Kuhns.

Equilateral Triangular Kaleidoscope

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Equilateral Triangular Kaleidoscope: three mirrors arranged in a 60-60-60 degree triangle creates the appearance of a plane filled with triangles (or equivalently a honeycomb lattice)- perhaps the most common mirror configuration design, this inexpensive kaleidoscope produces an excellent example of the reflection pattern. As a bonus the exterior tube on this scope incorporates a kinetic Moirè pattern. The kaleidoscope was invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), and has become an entire field of artistic endeavor.


Chorus Line Kaleidoscope

This type of kaleidoscope is hard to find and mostly made by artists. Here are two examples currently avaliable:

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Chorus Line Kaleidoscope: an interesting and uncommon kaleidoscope design where two mirrors are placed with surfaces parallel to each other- resulting in a side by side strip of alternating images. Here the camera is attached to the view port and the entire tube is rotated to produce the changing patterns. The kaleidoscope was invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), and has become an entire field of artistic endeavor.

Tapered Mirrors Kaleidoscope

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Tapered Mirrors Kaleidoscope: the design of this teleidoscope uses three mirrors to create an image of a geodesic sphere. A blue laser pointer reveals some of the complexity of the repeated reflections. Three mirrors in an equilateral triangle configuration will produce a plane of tiled triangles, but if they are tapered the repeated reflections curve to infinity creating the sphere. I found this interesting teleidoscope on eBay a year or so ago- artist unknown. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor.

Hybrid Kaleidoscope

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Hybrid Kaleidoscope: the beautiful symmetry of multiple reflections in a unique design- part teleidoscope (image from spherical lens) and part kaleidoscope (image from colorful objects in viewing cell). Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor. This vintage find is labeled “C. Bennett Scopes for AKAG 1984”.

 


UV Fluid Flow Kaleidoscope

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UV Fluid Flow Kaleidoscope: original glitter wand kaleidoscope made by Illusions back in the 1990s. Intricate geometry from multiple reflections coupled with the viscous fluid motion of the glitter produces this psychedelic kinetic art. Under the illumination of a UV light this version takes it to the next level featuring fluorescent pieces and phosphorescent stars in the fluid of the wand. 

Polarized Light Cell Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes made by artist Ron Kuhns are sometimes available on eBay. 

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Here is an inexpensive toy kaleidoscope that uses polarization for create the colors: 
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Polarized Light Cell Kaleidoscope: the amazing colors you see from the object cell of this two mirror kaleidoscope are generated by manipulating the polarization of light- the items in the cell are either pieces of polarizing filter or clear and transparent pieces of mica and plastics that have the property of optical rotation. These properties allow for an incredible range of color formation as the pieces shift and overlap when the kaleidoscope is turned. One of 100 made by kaleidoscope artist Ron Kuhns. 

Feather Kaleidoscope

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Feather Kaleidoscope: unique chamber filled with cut feathers provides the viewing material for this side-lit precision kaleidoscope by Carol Verde-Paretti. With every squeeze of the perfume atomizer bulb, a puff of air throws the feathers into a new arrangement leading to a seemingly infinite variety of stunning images on the five point mandala. Invented by the famous Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), the kaleidoscope is an ultimate physics toy and entire field of artistic endeavor.