Category: Microscopy Basics


Microscope comparison – From very expensive to super cheap

Here I will be comparing 4 microscopes based on their image quality at 100x. They produce very similar results. The large microscoepe is an Olympus CH40, a “doctor’s microscope”, as I once read. I also have an Olympus CH-A which I got serviced. There is also a BMS 136 series educational microscope and the ELMO-2 […]

I have just unpacked my new microscope. Now what?

Here is a list of specimens that can be observed quickly and easily with your new microscope.

Should I make my own microscope slides?

Making your own permanent and temporary slides for microscopic observations is an important component of amateur microscopy, but not ever amateur microscopists actively engages in slide making. It depends much on how you interpret the hobby of amateur microscopy.

What are the different kinds of microscope slides?

There are permanent slides, temporary slides (including wet mounts), dry mounts, and heat-fixed slides. Sometimes there is an overlap in these categories.

What is the best microscope?

The “best” microscope is the one that gives you the most enjoyment and the one that you use most frequently.

What are different compound microscope types?

The classification of light microscopes into different types does not depend primarily on the quality of the image. The quality of the microscopic image depends on the optics used.

What features does an amateur compound microscope need?

The decision process is quite straight forward, most microscopes for beginners have the same features.

What kinds of microscope heads are there?

The microscope head carries the eyepieces. There are monocular, binocular and trinocular heads.

Which kinds of microscope lamps are there?

Microscopes can be equipped with three different kinds of lamps: halogen, LED and tungsten.

What if I am a collector? Is there something in it for me as well?

Many recreational activities involve the collecting of items (stamps, rocks and minerals, fossils, stuffed animals and trading cards…). Amateur microscopy also offers something for people who are interested in collecting.

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