Q: What are microscopes?
A: Microscopes are optical scientific instruments used to magnify small objects, samples and specimens that are otherwise difficult to examine with the naked eye.
Q: What types of microscopes are there?
There are many types of microscope available including high-magnification compound microscopes and low-profile stereo microscopes, as well as more specialist microscopes including metallurgical microscopes for analysing precious metals and metal compounds, polarising light microscopes for examining rock samples and fossils in geology, and fluorescence microscopes that use fluorescent and phosphorescence light emission in order to study organic samples.
Q: Who uses microscopes?
A: Microscopes are popular optical devices used to analyse tiny specimens in high resolution. We have put together a list of some of the most common uses of microscopes:
- Schools typically use less expensive compound microscopes for teaching students how to use a microscope for measuring certain samples.
- Medical professionals & pharmacologists often use high powered microscopes to analyse chemicals and powders for use in medicines and vaccinations.
- Laboratory professionals may use high powered electron microscopes for analysing tiny particles that cannot be seen with naked eye.
- Archaeologists & geologists require polarising light microscopes in order to detect image contrast and colour changes.
- Vets often use stereo microscopes in order to analyse animal tissues and cells for detecting and preventing disease.