Stereo microscopes are designed for low magnification. This specific type of microscope has two eyepieces, helping the sample or object look three-dimensional. Stereo microscopes are typically used to study surfaces of solid samples, commonly in microsurgery, medical research, biology, education, manufacturing, and inspection purposes. This microscope is ideal for comparing two samples side by side.
Compound microscopes are designed with two or more convex lenses, allowing a high magnification level. This microscope allows the user to see detailed micro-organisms, bacteria, blood samples, cells and tissues. Ideally the compound microscope is used in scientific, medical research, education and biology applications. This particular microscope has the ability to magnify a sample up to 1,000 times.
Biological microscopes are often used to study organisms, cells, pond life samples, and other microscopic life forms. Most commonly used in education, benchtop, research and biology, the Nexcope CM200 Series Biological Monocular Microscope – LED Illumination is a popular biological microscope and is a rechargeable microscope with Green Friendly LED technology. This particular biological microscope has a 360 degree rotatable head and is built to last with die cast aluminum construction and all glass lenses.
Other factors to consider include the different types of eyepiece styles. Microscopes come in monocular, binocular or trinocular eyepieces. The monocular style has one eyepiece with the objective for monocular vision and magnification capabilities of 1,000 times. Binocular consists of two eyepieces which is ideal for slide samples and two eyepieces tend to be more comfortable for the user. Trinocular consists of three eyepieces, allowing for the ability to mount a camera on the third eyepiece for specific applications.
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