Microscope

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A microscope is an instrument commonly used to see and analyze objects that are too small for the naked eye.

Types

Optical microscope

Also known as light microscope, it is the most common type. Can see small objects, and can be useful for spotting small items, organisms and inorganic structures.

Electronic microscope

A special form of microscope, it uses electrons to scan and see very small objects and structures.

Scanning acoustic microscope

Uses focused sound to analyze, measure, or image an object or a defect in a material. It is commonly used to detect structural failures in various items.

Availability

Microscopes are sold by various lab and school suppliers. They can also be bought online, eBay and Amazon are good places to begin.

USB microscopes can be bought cheaply online and offer good performance at low cost.

Projects

  • Study microorganisms
  • Observe microcrystals

Handling and safety

Working with microscope may tire the eyes, so it's best to take breaks periodically.

References

Relevant Sciencemadness threads