Friday, November 22, 2013

Stereo Microscope versus Biological Microscope

What are the main differences between a stereo microscope and a biological microscope? Read on to find out...

Stereo Microscopes

  • Stereo microscopes offer lower magnification (usually somewhere between 5x-50x).
  • Stereo microscopes provide more room under the microscope for larger objects (think rocks, flowers, etc.).
  • Stereo microscopes have light above the stage, and sometimes also below the stage.
Stereo microscope diagram
S6 Stereo Zoom Microscope

Biological Microscopes

  • Biological microscopes provide higher magnification (40x, 100x, 400x, 1000x).
  • Biological microscopes only have room for slides under the microscope (no larger objects can be placed under an upright biological microscope.)
  • Biological microscopes have a light beneath the stage, therefore the specimen must allow light to pass it.
biology microscope diagram
U2 Biological Microscope