Posts of the Category: Microscopy Basics
This is a microscopy primer. Read these articles to get an overview over the subject matter.
This post outlines the advantages and disadvantages of electron microscopes in contrast to optical (light) microscopes. Each type of microscope is designed for different areas of applications.
Drawing is still a useful method for documenting microscopic specimens, despite advances in (digital) imaging technologies. There are certain advantages in drawings that photographs do not possess.
This post is a summary of relevant microscopy-related terms.
Here is a quick overview of the most important parts of a compound microscope (biological microscope) and their function.
Darkfield microscopy is one of the simplest and cheapest contrast enhancing techniques. It works well for specimens that have a refractive index which is different from its surrounding medium, but which are difficult to see because they lack color. Dark field microscopy shows the specimen bright on a dark background.
This article outlines some similarities and differences between compound and stereo microscopes. They have different, but sometimes overlapping, areas of application.
The following section outlines some of the common beginners’ mistakes when operating a microscope. Teachers are advised to instruct their students appropriately, proper microscope technique will not only enhance the image quality but will also lengthen the life-span of the microscopes.
Magnification and Resolution – briefly explained in easy words.