Microscope from Captain Cook's Voyage of Discovery in the south Pacific has emerged 151 years later.

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Pictured: It is engraved H.M.B Endeavour <br />
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A rare microscope from Captain James Cook's first Voyage of Discovery in the south Pacific has emerged 151 years later.<br />
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The state-of-the-art aquatic microscope was designed to identify hundreds of marine flora and fauna never before observed by science.<br />
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It was engraved with the name of its owner, Joseph Banks, a scientist who accompanied the legendary explorer on the H.M.B Endeavour between 1768 and 1771.<br />
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The Ellis-type microscope was one of four used by Banks on the voyage, whose purpose was to chart the course of the planet Venus in New Zealand and Australia.