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Item #: SCP-3778

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3778 is to be kept in a locked cabinet in the Site-76 Optics Laboratory. SCP-3778 is available for use by all personnel with Level 2 or higher security clearance pending approval from senior staff. Any use of SCP-3778 must be done under the supervision of at least one senior Site-76 Optics Laboratory researcher and any new discoveries must be recorded in entirety and thoroughly cataloged in {document}. Use of SCP-3778 on other SCP objects outside of the Site-76 Optics Lab is to be considered on a case by case basis upon submission of a formal request. When not in use SCP-3778 is to be stored in SCP-3778-1 along with SCP-3778-2.

At no time is SCP-3778-3 to be removed for any reason. If SCP-3778-3 is found to be missing any and all use of SCP-3778 is prohibited until it can be found or a new one can be manufactured. Use of SCP-3778 with SCP-3778-3 removed or disabled is a {offense} and may be punishable by reassignment or revocation of security clearance.

SCP-3778-B is to be stored inside SCP-3778-B-1 in the same cabinet as SCP-3778 in the Maintenance and Repair Facility of Site-76. After the close call incident on 08/24/20██ SCP-3778 and SCP-3778-B are to be kept in separate wings of Site-76 to eliminate the possibility of SCP-3778 being subjected to tests intended for SCP-3778-B. Potentially destructive testing (including any further attempts at determining chemical composition, physical properties, or reverse engineering) are to be done on SCP-3778-B objects only, never on SCP-3778 objects, and only with advance written approval from either Dr. Colors or the Site Director. Any potentially destructive tests that are unable to be performed on SCP-3778-B due to missing components are to be documented and postponed until additional functional instances of SCP-3778 can be recovered.

Description: SCP-3778 is a mechanical device, similar in appearance to a tabletop vanity mirror, consisting of a round metal base holding up a disc approximately 14" in diameter via a set of hinges so that the disc can be positioned however the user prefers. Around the outside of the disc is a metal bezel, and along the edge of the frame is a metal handle, which can be moved around the perimeter of the disc from the lower left side of the disc to the lower right. The edge of the bezel features a guide from 0x to 100,000,000,000,000x in a logarithmic scale, with a final marking of ∞x at the bottom right.

The front surface of the disc appears invisible, giving off no reflections or shadows, and testing equipment does not indicate the presence of any solid surface despite the fact that it can be felt physically. When touched with the fingers this surface is described as feeling "completely frictionless" and it cannot be marked in any way. The rear surface of the disc appears completely black, and tests have shown an unprecedented 100% absorption of all wavelengths. When touched the rear surface is described as having a "velvet-like" texture. The distance between the front and rear surfaces of the disc is approximately 1", and it is unknown what is contained inside.

SCP-3778 is made of an undetermined alloy that is dark silver in color and has a density similar to iron. It is possible to mark the metal surfaces of SCP-3778 with a hardened tool like a chisel, but so far it has proved impossible to chip off a piece for analysis. On the base of SCP-3778 is a plate which reads "Model 27E, Obsidian Looking Glass Co., ████████, IL Patent No. US2,███,███B 1947". After investigation no trace of the company, city, or patent has been found by the Foundation. SCP-3778 was discovered at a yard sale in █████, Minnesota on October 17, 1979. After it came to the Foundation's attention the homeowner and several customers were interrogated and claimed to have no knowledge of the device, after which they were given {amnesties}.

SCP-3778 is able to magnify any subject it is pointed at through unknown means, with the magnification power controlled by the position of the handle. If pointed at a distant object it may be used as a telescope, and if pointed at a nearby object it may be used as a microscope. This dual functionality is due to the fact that the magnification does not work on currently known principles and does not suffer any of the current limitations of optical magnification. When SCP-3778 is used for magnification the disc functions much like a window, with infinite depth of field, three dimensional depth, and viewpoint that can be altered by moving one's head. Because the magnification appears as a physical phenomenon the eye can focus on any aspect, whether close to the surface or far in the distance. When used as a microscope it is possible to set the magnification high enough that one can see "through" the space between the atoms of an object, revealing anything in the distance (as a side effect of this it is possible, although impractical, to use SCP-3778 as a telescope in a closed room with no windows).

It is currently believed that SCP-3778 does not work by optical magnification and that it has a slight telepathic effects. SCP-3778 can be used to view atomic and subatomic structures that are seemingly lit by ambient light, despite these structures being much smaller than photons. Ambient air molecules do not appear in the image unless the user is specifically attempting to study them. Images of celestial bodies, including interstellar and intergalactic planets and even nebulae, are bright enough to be visible in ambient room lighting despite requiring extremely long exposure times with traditional optics. Objects that are known to be traveling toward or away from Earth at a significant portion of the speed of light show no signs of redshift or blueshift when using SCP-3778.

Most anomolously, testing has shown that SCP-3778 provides a seemingly instantaneous real-time image with no delay due to the speed of light. This was first theorized when it was discovered that some stars and galaxies appeared to be missing or misplaced when compared to images from traditional telescopes, and confirmed during study of Comet Shoemaker Levy 9's collision with Jupiter on 07/16/1994 which was visible through SCP-3778 nearly one hour before it was visible by traditional observatories. Subsequent comparison with the section of the sky studied in the Hubble Deep Field image revealed almost no similarities, due to the light from the galaxies captured by the Hubble being billions of years old in most cases.

SCP-3778-1 is a protective case for SCP-3778. It is similar in construction to a musical instrument case, with a hard plastic exterior and a molded velvet-lined interior to hold SCP-3778 and all accessories snugly. SCP-3778-1 shows no anomalous properties and appears to be made from normal materials commonly used at the time of SCP-3778's manufacture.

SCP-3778-2 collectively refers to a set of backdrop cards to be used when SCP-3778 is used as a microscope, consisting of SCP-3778-2A, SCP-3778-2B, and SCP-3778-2C. SCP-3778-2 cards are made of the same black material as the back of the disc of SCP-3778 and are stored in a compartment in SCP-3778-1. SCP-3778-2A is a piece of hard card approximately 12x16". SCP-3778-2B is approximately 24x32" and consists of four hard 12x16" sections connected by flexible strips which can be folded to the same size as SCP-3778-2A. SCP-3778-2C consists of two hard 12x16" segments connected along the longer side by a flexible strip and at either side by cloth-like triangular segments, allowing it to be used in a "light box" shape with an angle of roughly 110º or folded to the same size as the other two cards. SCP-3778-2 cards completely block the transmission of all light when viewed through SCP-3778, completely isolating objects when SCP-3778 is used as a microscope.

SCP-3778-3 is a lock which is held into the bezel of SCP-3778 using a set screw. Its purpose is to prevent the handle of SCP-3778 from being moved to the ∞x setting. Foundation personnel estimate that the maximum magnification possible with SCP-3778 in place is somewhere in the range of 10100x to 10110x.

SCP-3778-3 was added by the Foundation after a series of failed experiments in which the device was set to ∞x magnification. Out of 11 subjects exposed to SCP-3778 at ∞x magnification seven entered a permanent catatonic state, two suffered from a complete mental breakdown, and only two were lucid afterward. Neither of these surviving test subjects displayed any emotion afterward and they refused to discuss what they saw with Foundation personnel. The first, a D-Class subject, managed to procure a weapon from a security guard during debriefing and attempted a murderous rampage before being terminated, and the second, Dr. {redacted}, was found dead hours later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Cameras recording the tests only picked up a bright white light coming from SCP-3778, with no discernible image, and attempts to operate SCP-3778 remotely with a camera pointed directly at the viewing disc have invariably resulted in equipment failure.

SCP-3778-4 is assigned to a hypothetical missing component which was not present with SCP-3778 at the time of its recovery. SCP-3778-4 is theorized to be a light ring that mounts to the back of the viewing disc to evenly illuminate objects that are viewed through SCP-3778. While nothing is known about SCP-3778-4's construction or functionality, its existence can be inferred from the empty ring-shaped compartment in SCP-3778-1 and the mounting slots on the back of the viewing disc. A makeshift ring light has been constructed by the Foundation, to be used with SCP-3778 and stored with it in SCP-3778-1, but this object is not the true SCP-3778-4 and has no anomalous properties.

SCP-3778-B is a nonfunctional instance of SCP-3778, consisting of the base, stand, and bezel with the disc and handle missing. SCP-3778-B appears identical to SCP-3778, but the plaque on the bottom identifies it as a "Model 18A" with "Patent Pending" in place of the patent number. It was discovered via a listing on the e███ online auction website on June 9, 2002 and was immediately obtained by Foundation. When questioned about its origins the owner claimed to have found it in a storage unit that was purchased at auction. {amnestics} were administered. Study and disassembly of SCP-3778-B was inconclusive, as all pieces appear to consist of solid metal. It is theorized that whatever mechanism allows SCP-3778's functionality must be inside the disc itself.

SCP-3778-B-1 is a carrying case identical to SCP-3778-1, albeit in much poorer condition with cracks in the exterior plastic and tears to the velvet lining. It was obtained alongside SCP-3778-B. This duplicate case was dismantled and tested, revealing the non-anomolous nature of its materials.