If you are viewing very small specimens like blood samples, bacteria, parasites, algae, tissue, and thin sections of organs, you will need a compound microscope. High power magnification allows you to see the detail accurately,
and a typical compound scope has 3-5 objective lenses ranging from 4x-100x. Assuming 10x eyepieces and 100x objective, the total magnification would be 1,000 times!
A stereo microscope is ideal if you’re viewing larger specimens like insects, leaves, gemstones and rocks. Less magnification power is required here, with many stereo scopes offering ranges of 6.5x – 45x. With every stereo
microscope you essentially have two compound scopes side-by-side, meaning you have a natural offset from one another, ensuring excellent depth perception in opaque and 3D objects.
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