The Beard ‘Eclipse’ slide carrier

When using a magic lantern slide projector, you need a slide carrier or changer to insert the slides into the lantern. They are usually made of wood and most are for standard, three and a quarter inch, square slides. The quality varies enormously but the Rolls Royce of carriers is the Beard Eclipse. They are occasionally to be found for sale on Ebay and are a sound investment, especially if you intend to show your slides to an audience and don’t want a white screen between slides. Having bought one, it can be difficult to figure out how it works, so this video aims to de-mystify it. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.

The next video shows the slide carrier in action. Please note that there is no sound.

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