If you do not already own a microscope, then you should first ask yourself which type of microscope, stereo or compound, is most suitable for your needs.
For small children (below age 10 to 12), I would recommend the use of stereo microscopes.
Phase contrast microscopy is an optical staining technique. It converts differences of refractive index of a specimen into brightness differences.
Infinity optics allow you to insert filters into the light beam, without changing the focus.
Phase contrast and Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) are both methods to make unstained, transparent specimens visible.
Research microscopes are not commonly used by amateur microscopists, due to their high cost. But you asked, so here is the answer!
Oil immersion objectives have a hiĝ resolution but also some disadvantages.
What are some of the things to look out for when buying a microscope for children? Here is a FAQ which covers the essential points.
During the past couple of years I’ve seen numerous microscopes that were is a desolate condition. Here are some of the problems that I observed. It may pay off to consider these problems when shopping for a used microscope.
I’ve been repeatedly asked for advice concerning the purchase of microscopes of hobby and amateur purposes. The following rules should help you in your choice.