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an optical instrument having a magnifying lens or a combination of lenses for inspecting objects too small to be seen or too small to be seen distinctly and in detail by the unaided eye.

micro-= "small"; -scope= "to look at"₩


a photograph taken by means of a microscope.


Simple Microscope

a magnifying instrument that uses only one lens or a group of lenses in one unit to magnify objects.

magnifying glass

Compound Microscope

uses multiple lenses

the basic


the shortest distance between two points on a specimen that can still be distinguished by the observer or camera system as separate entities.

Resolving Power

the ability of a microscope or telescope to distinguish two close together images as being separate.

Light Microscope

uses focused light and lenses to magnify a specimen, usually a cell.

Usually used in classes

Brightfleld Microscope

the simplest of the light microscopes.

used in school labs

Fluorescent Microscopy

Seeing things that fluoresce