What to see when you buy a microscope?

There are heck lot of microscopes out there. How will you shortlist what to buy? Worry, no more! We’re just here to guide you. There are certain things that you must look before buying a microscope. All you need to do is to look at the tech specifications of any random microscope and calibrate it. That’s exactly how you’ll called a smart shopper. Care for being one? Oh, then step in and be the judge of your to-be microscope. You don’t want to get trapped, right?

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Before we get into the discussion of shopping traits, let us get the full in depth knowledge of the parts of a microscope.

Two lenses:

As we know it, the ocular lens, one being to eyepiece and the other one, objective lens, set forth in the vicinity of the objective lens are the pillars of providing the magnification. Eyepiece usually is capable of providing 15X magnification while the objective lenses can only afford 10X power. More than objective lens are coupled and then used for providing the required magnification.

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It acts as the medium between the objective lens and ocular lens. While buying a microscope, make sure that it’s clean, accurate and precise. Any change in dimensions would cost you your very own research work.


It is the heart of a microscope. Preferably, a steady light source is used instead of a mirror. It reflects the light back from an external light source up to the eyepiece.


It is a flat surface where you can place your slides. Go through the dimensions correctly and check if there are any defects. There’s a viability of moving the stage in all four directions using knobs.


It is also known by the name, turret or revolving nose piece. It can be rotated enough to provide magnification of required amount.


It is the rotating disk under the stage. As they say, it controls the intensity of light that reaches the specimen to study the core details of the specimen and get accurate results.


It is the hole in the middle of the stage that acts as a pathway to the light that travels from illuminator to the specimen.

This was all about the parts of a microscope. Now that you know what they are, learn the specifications thoroughly and get the one that best fits your requirement. If you want to get a sharp, clear and precise image, you must avoid the quacks that boast about their non-existent magnifications. Trust us, they all are fake marketers.  Beware and smart shop! Stay away from the ones who provide optical lenses. They are way too less precise than a glass one. Moreover, before getting yourself a microscope, ask for a demonstration and check whether or not all parts of a microscope work in unison. Also, check if there are any manufacturing defects. A tad bit of error can be a spoil sport. So watch your move and re-invent the smart bone in YOU!

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