Monday, May 13, 2013

Microscopes: Binocular vs. Trinocular

What is the difference between a binocular microscope and a trinocular microscope?

A binocular microscope has two eyepieces for viewing the specimen. Binocular microscopes are more comfortable to look through for extended periods of time than a monocular (single eyepiece) microscope.

Binocluar Microscope
A trinocular microscope has two eyepieces just like the binocular microscope does, but then it also has a third eyetube for connecting a microscope camera.

Trinocular Microscope
When connecting a camera to the microscope, a c-mount adapter is used to connect a microscope camera, or certain point-and-shoot consumer digital cameras can be attached using a microscope camera adapter.