The Compound Light Microscope

The Compound Light Microscope

The Compound Light Microscope What is it? The microscope pictured

on the right is a compound light microscope. The term light refers to the method by which light transmits the image to your eye. Compound deals with the microscope having more than one lens. Microscope is the combination of two words; "micro" meaning

small and "scope" meaning view. Parts and Uses Eyepiece and Body Tube

The eyepiece contains the ocular lens which magnifies objects a given amount that is listed on the eyepiece. The body tube supports the eyepiece and objectives. How much do our microscopes magnify?

Nosepiece, Objectives, and Stage Clips The nosepiece Nosepiece holds the 3 objectives. The objective lenses range in magnification from 4X, 10X,

and 40X. The Stage clips holds the slide in place. Magnification What happens as the power of magnification increases? Stage, Light, and Diaphragm

The stage supports the slide being viewed. The light source projects upward through the diaphragm, the specimen, and the

lenses. The diaphragm regulates the amount of light on the specimen. Arm and Base The arm is used to support the microscope when it is carried.

The base supports the microscope. Coarse Adjustment Knob Moves the stage up and down for focusing.

ONLY TO BE USED WITH OBJECTIVE 4X! Fine Adjustment Knob Moves the

stage slightly to sharpen the image. Used with the 10X and 40X objective to focus.

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