The microsocpe is supported by this base. The brass hinge allows the instrument to be tilted, or the base and stage to be folded together (right).
Stage and mirror assembly folded into the base for storage.
The stage is attached to the microscope base. Arrows point to the locating pins for the compound microscope support pillar.
Locating pins for the compound microscope pillar.
This threaded collar screws into the base to fix the pillar in place.