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Choosing Between Traditional & Binocular Microscopes

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Whether you're browsing catalogs or websites, you might still have questions about your binocular microscope purchase. Here are some of the most popular questions that customers have been asking about binocular microscopes. How Does a Binocular Microscope Work? Just as with a traditional microscope, a binocular microscope works by magnifying the image on the slide by using multiple lenses and the addition of light. When you use two viewers instead of one, this allows you to get a 3D representation of the image on the slide, which can be far more effective in an educational setting. To use binocular microscopes, you simply place the slide onto the tray and you move the lens until it is sitting close to the slide itself. Then, adjust the magnification until you get the resolution you want. If you need more contrast, turn on the illumination feature. Remember that you should always change the magnification slowly so as not to break the slide. What Features Improve the Performance of the Binocular Microscope?
  • There are several features binocular microscopes should have for the ideal performance: High magnification potential – You should be able to see items as up close as possible, depending on your purpose for the viewing. If possible, find out from the supplier what the microscope is typically used for viewing. This will help you get a better sense of its strength.
  • Back lighting – When you want to make sure you can see all of the details, a light on the base of the microscope can help. The light should simply light up the slide without hurting your eyes as you view the object.
  • 3D viewing – Since the use of 2 eyepieces helps your mind process images in the 3D, you should always choose a microscope that's binocular instead of unocular.
What Will the Binocular Microscope Allow Me to See? A lot of your microscope's ability will be determined by its magnifications levels. Thus, the stronger the magnification, the smaller the details the scope will be able to 'see.' Everyday microscopes will typically see larger cells, like those in plants, while stronger microscopes should be able to see skin cells and other tiny particles. Realize that the finer the details you wish to see, the stronger the microscope you should be choosing. How Can I Prevent Eye Strain While Using Binocular Microscopes? The good news is that when you use a binocular microscope, you're already preventing eyestrain. By using both eyes at once, you will not only get a more natural image, but you won't be focusing too hard with just one eye. It will help if you keep both of your eyes open as much as you can during your examination, with periods of blinking once you look away from the slide. You can also look at far away objects from time to time to 'reset' your eyesight and help your vision remain clear and crisp. Rubbing your eyes can cause more damage, so avoid doing this, no matter how good it might feel. For more information about research, medical, surgical, lab and school miscroscopes, please call us toll free at 1-877-706-4480 or visit us at MSEC.

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