From Biotechnology Procedures and Experiments Handbook



The microscope has been a valuable tool in the development of scientific theory and study of cells, microbes, etc, there are various types of microscopes available depending upon their use and functionality. A compound microscope is composed of 2 elements; a primary magnifying lens and a secondary lens system. Light passes through an object and is then focused by the primary and secondary lens. If the beam of light is replaced by an electron beam, the microscope becomes a transmission electron microscope. If light is bounced off of the object instead of passing through, the light microscope becomes a dissecting scope. If electrons are bounced off of the object in a scanned pattern, the instrument becomes a scanning electron microscope.

The function of any microscope is to enhance resolution. The microscope is used to create an enlarged view of an object so that we can observe details not otherwise possible with the human eye. Because of the enlargement, resolution is often confused with magnification, which refers to the size of an image. In general, the greater the magnification, the greater the resolution, but this is not always true. There are several practical limitations of lens design that can result in increased magnification without increased resolution.

If an image of a cell is magnified from 10X to 45X, the image gets larger, but not necessarily any clearer. The image on the left is magnified with no increase in resolution. The image on the right is magnified...

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Specialty Microscopes
Specialty microscopes are designed for specific applications such as metallurgy or gemology. They use specialized techniques or technologies such as acoustics to produce magnification.
Microscope Lenses and Objectives
Microscope lenses and microscope objectives include eyepieces or oculars, optical filters, objectives, adapters or mounts, condensers and other optical components for microscopy.
Metallurgical Microscopes
Metallurgical microscopes are used for metallurgical inspection including metals, ceramics, and other materials.
Measuring Microscopes
Measuring microscopes are used by toolmakers for measuring the properties of tools.  These microscopes are often used for dimensional measurement with lower magnifying powers to allow for brighter, sharper images combined with a wide field of view.

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