Category: Microscopy Basics


What is recreational and fascinating about using microscopes?

Microscopy is not only an educational hobby, but also one which allows you to relax and to focus. It is rewarding, as you can discover and admire the beauty of nature.

Are “China microscopes” any good?

Many low cost microscopes are manufactured in China, but also some microscopes from well-known companies are manufactured there.

What accessories are needed?

The needed accessories depend much on the individual interests.

How expensive are microscopes?

Prices range from about $50 for a toy microscope to about a minimum of US$ 250-300 (EUR 200) for a low cost educational compound microscope.

What about zoom microscopes?

Some companies manufacture zoomable stereo microscopes. Here is my view on them.

Should I buy a more expensive microscope first, or should I buy a cheap one and then a better one later?

This is a philosophical question and the opinions diverge on this question.

What are the differences between stereo and compound microscopes?

There are two types of light microscopes, the compound microscopes and the stereo microscopes.

What are the advantages of a mechanical stage?

In compound microscopes, a mechanical stage allows you to move the specimen slide by turning two knobs, which are located to the side of the stage.

What are the different eyepieces?

The job of the eyepieces is to magnify the image that the objective produces.

How expensive is amateur microscopy?

The costs of using a microscope, once you own one, are very small. The microscope itself is in many cases the largest single expense.

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