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Compound microscope basics

The greatest confusion is between binocular compound and binocular stereo microscopes. The first uses two eyepices, but they converge into a single optical path using prisms in the eyepiece head. A binocular stereo system retains seperate optical paths all the way to the subject, or final objective (depending on type). This will hopefully help in explaining why a stereo microscope gives that 3D perception, because in effect each eye is veiwing the subject from two slightly different angles.

The compound views only vertcally from above the sample. The compound / upright / routine light microscope, can have one or two eyepieces, monocular and binocular, when a tinocular head is stated this means it has a third optical port, which allows a camera to be fitted, without first removing an eyepiece. A stereo microscope can never have less than two eyepieces!! The term compound comes from the way the optical system works. Magnification is achived using at least two lenses. For example if you have 10x eyepieces and a 10x final objective lens, the magnication will be 100x, this is compound magnification.

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