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Choosing From The Different Types Of Microscopes

May 26, 2008
Microscopes have different uses. They are no longer just for use in the science lab at the local high school. The world of the microscope today offers people the option to see objects, such as fossils encased in rocks that are over 650 million years old.

The scopes of today are not like those of yesteryear. Choosing such a device for an individual can be a big deal unless one knows what they need and what they should definitely stay away from when looking at purchasing a magnifying instrument.

Microscopes for those who are hobbyists are the simple light microscope of their high school days. These are relatively inexpensive, and most have a simple light source already in the machine. One can view simple items that are mainly transparent, such as cells and bacteria with this type of a microscope.

However, if one wants to see solid objects, like a coin, then this is not the right scope. If one purchases pre-loaded microscope slides, then a light microscope is the right type of device for viewing them.

Two other types of magnifying instruments on the market are the transmission electron microscope and the confocal microscope. Both of these are made exclusively for the use of researchers. The electron scopes use a vacuum to see the tiny images, and they can be very expensive to operate.

A confocal microscope uses various types of lasers to help one see the fantastic fluorescence images that can be sent to a computer monitor. These are also very expensive, but they offer a scientist the option to see items that have not been seen for millions of years. As well, a few other types of scopes include the inverted, the compound and the atomic force microscope.

The world of microscopes has come a long way since the beginning. People have gone from using thick pieces of glass to magnify items, to incorporating lasers to help them see into worlds that have for millions of years been nonexistent.

These devices can be used to help one focus on becoming more interested in the world around them and have the potential to help a person become the next Pasteur. No matter what type of scope a person chooses to invest in, the main thing to remember is that science is the key to the unlocking the world's mysteries and that can only provide knowledge in a world that is sometimes too chaotic.
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