A few features common among all dissecting microscopes:
- Dissecting microscopes have working room on the stage. There is room to place larger objects such as rocks or nuts and bolts. In order words, the microscopy sample does not need to be on a microscope slide.
- Dissecting microscopes use light from above the stage, making it possible to view opaque objects. Some dissecting microscopes also have light beneath the stage, but not always.
- Dissecting microscopes provide low magnification (usually 10x - 40x is a common range) and they are used to view detail in objects you can already see with the naked eye. Blood cells are not viewed with a dissecting microscope, but rather with a compound microscope.
|Single Magnification Microscope|
Single power dissecting microscopes offer one single magnification. For example, the microscope might provide 20x magnification. These single power instruments are common in museums or schools where only one magnification is required to view samples. With a single power magnification dissection microscope it is possible to have two magnifications when using a different pair of eyepieces. For example, with a 10x and 15x pair of eyepieces (when the built-in objective is 2x) total magnification would be 20x and 30x. This is an inexpensive way to achieve multiple magnifications from a lower cost microscope.
|S2 Dual Magnification Microscope|
|Stereo Zoom Microscope|