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Find out everything you need to know about microscopes for kids and microscope facts from these great sites.

How to Buy a Microscope

NEWS ALERT: Meiji Techno will raise prices 5% on January 1st, 2014. INTRODUCTION We start with the premise that choosing a microscope should be an enjoyable process! That said, there are a number of variables that go into selecting a microscope system. The process can be a little daunting.

Before You Buy a Microscope

Before you purchase a microscope there are several factors that should be considered. How should the microscope be constructed? What type of lighting is best? What kinds of specimens are you interested in viewing with the microscope? Should you buy a compound or a stereo microscope?

Buying Microscopes

SOME ADVICE ON CHOOSING AND BUYING USED MICROSCOPES Polarizing and brightfield microscopes have been important tools in my geological research and teaching for the past 40 years. I have also renovated and furbished many different makes and models as a hobby and part-time business, so my experience is mostly with 20th century scopes rather than new models.

OpticsPlanet.com - Binoculars, Sunglasses, Night Vision Goggles, Riflescopes, Flashlights, Telescopes, Rangefinders, ...

Huge selection and low prices on binoculars, telescopes, sunglasses, riflescopes and MUCH more from brands like Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Ray Ban.

Microscopy Society of America - Project MICRO

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the knowledge of the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of materials in diverse areas of biological, materials, medical and physical sciences.

Affordable Microscopes for Students

Affordable student microscopes. High quality, glass optics. $100 for elementary, $180 for high school. 400x magnification. Reviews.

How to Buy the Right Microscope: Buyer's Guide from GreatScopes

An illustrated guide to the Microscope. About this e-Book When John Lind founded GreatScopes Microscopes in the mid 90's, he found that many buyers were making expensive decisions based on a photograph and price alone. Dedicated as much to education as to supplying quality equipment, he wrote this e-Book.

The Microscope

Historians credit the invention of the compound microscope to the Dutch spectacle maker, Zacharias Janssen, around the year 1590. The compound microscope uses lenses and light to enlarge the image and is also called an optical or light microscope (vs./ an electron microscope) .

Microscope Parts Page
  1. fine adjustment knob-small, round knob on the side of the microscope used to fine-tune the focus of your specimen after using the coarse adjustment knob. 8. stage-large, flat area under the objectives; it has a hole in it (see aperture) that allows light through; the specimen/slide is placed on the stage for viewing.
Parts of a Compound Microscope with Diagram and Functions

Parts of a Compound Microscope Labeled Diagram and FunctionsHow does a Compound Microscope Work? Before exploring the parts of a compound microscope, you should probably understand that the compound light microscope is more complicated than just a microscope with more than one lens.