I. Compound Light Microscope
Typically, the eyepiece itself allows for 10X or 15X magnification and when combined with the three or four objective lenses, producing higher magnification to a maximum of around 1000X generally.
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II. Stereo Microscope
This type of microscope include looking at surfaces, microsurgery, and watch making, building and inspecting circuit boards. Stereo microscopes also allow students to observe plant photosynthesis in action.
With this type of microscope you generally have the choice of purchasing the fixed or zoom variety from a manufacturer and are relatively inexpensive.
Right Image credit: Dr. Gareth Paul Jones, 2013 Photomicrography Competition, Technique: Stereomicroscopy, Fiber Optic Illumination. Magnification: 70x.
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III. Digital Microscope
The digital microscope, invented in Japan in 1986, uses the power of the computer to view objects not visible to the naked eye. The digital microscope connects to a computer monitor via a USB cable, much like connecting a printer or mouse.
The microscope allows the monitor to display the magnified specimen. Moving images can be recorded or single images captured in the computer’s memory.
An advantage of digital microscopes is the ability to email images, as well as comfortably watch moving images for long periods.The popularity of the digital microscope has increased at schools and among hobbyists.
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IV. Pocket Microscope
This is a device which is a great gift for a child or your student. It is used by scientists for hand-held imaging of a variety of specimens/objects in the field or in the laboratory.
It is small, durable and portable with a magnification ranging from 25x to 240x. There are many different models available.
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