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Compound Microscope Buying Guide

Compound Microscope Buying Guide
Buying a microscope can be a complicated and intimidating experience. It’s daunting to browse microscopes and be bombarded with specifications and technical terms. Thankfully, we’re here to help! And by the time you finish this guide, you’ll have a much better understanding of what sort of microscope will fit your needs.

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Compound Microscope Basics

Compound Microscope Basics

Compound microscope is a general term and covers a wide variety of microscopes; they can be anything from a basic student scope you would see in a classroom all the way up to highly expensive and specialized microscopes used in research labs. However, regardless of their price, all compound microscopes utilize a set of two lenses (one found in the eyepieces and one found in the objective lenses) to produce a highly magnified image far beyond what our unaided eyes can see. These sets of lenses are collectively known as a compound lens system.

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