Compound Light Microscope

Compound Light Microscope

C003/3637 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 16.1MB

Downloadable file size: 1,012.1KB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: The compound light microscope is one which uses light to transmit an image to the eye and has more than one lens. Early microscopes were called 'simple' because they only had one lens. They also had limitations on the amount of magnification they could produce. Simple light microscopes of the past could magnify an object to 266X, whereas modern compound light microscopes, under optimal conditions, can magnify an object from 1000X to 2000X (times) the specimen's original diameter. On a typical compound optical microscope, there are three objective lenses: a scanning lens (4x), a low power lens (10x), and a high power lens (ranging from 20 to 100x). Some microscopes have a fourth objective lens, called an oil immersion lens. To use this lens, a drop of immersion oil is placed on top of the cover slip, and the lens is very carefully lowered until the front objective element is immersed in the oil film. Such immersion lenses are designed so that the refractive index of the oil and of the cover slip are closely matched so that the light is transmitted from the specimen to the outer face of the objective lens with minimal refraction. An oil immersion lens usually has a magnification of 50 to 100x. The actual power or magnification of an optical microscope is the product of the powers of the ocular (eyepiece), usually about 10x, and the objective lens being used.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: compound light microscope, eyepiece, lab, laboratory, light microscope, microscope, optical, optics, research, science

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.