You have seen them in most pictures of any biology laboratory, but do you know how to work them? Today, we will talk about how to do a microscope setup. The type of device we will be talking about is a standard compound microscope , which is available from most lab equipment manufacturers. You can almost surely see them in your school or college lab.
Using a microscope is fairly complicated and you will need to understand all the parts of a microscope to be able to properly handle them. You will also need to know exactly how a microscope works , otherwise you may end up seeing nothing or just a blur. Finally, you will have to take care of your microscope because it is a very expensive and delicate instrument!
When you have finished being familiar with a microscope, you can confidently process learning how to set it up properly. Make sure you have a clean, undisturbing surrounding, and that you won’t be suddenly pushed or your hand jolted.
Ready? Let’s go.
First of all, even before you bring out your microscope, make sure that you have the official instruction manual close at hand. What we are describing here is a generic way of a microscope setup; but it is highly possible that your model may differ from a generic microscope. In that case, you will have to look up parts from the manual before you try adjusting a part of the ‘scope.
Understand that you are working with a very delicate piece of instrument. Therefore, you need a very stable footing for the microscope. Clear a part of your laboratory table or workbench so that there are no debris or objects nearby that can potentially harm the device. Wipe the area with some surface cleaner and dry it with a clean piece of cloth.
If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to prepare your specimen properly so that it is ready to examine under the microscope.
Any viewing through a microscope needs proper lighting. Prepare that now so that there is enough light coming through the aperture.
The objective lenses should be mounted on the microscope’s nosepiece. In case they are detachable, you have to attach them first. Refer to your manual (or lab instructor) for instructions on how to attach objective lenses to the nosepiece.
It’s time to place your specimen under the microscope! The only way to do this is to place the slide on top of the stage and pin it down by the clips.
Now you can see the specimen through the scope! The enlarged image is being created by the objective and oculus lenses working together, looking at the specimen right underneath. But since the microscope is not focused properly, for the time being, you will only see a blur when you look through the eyepiece.
Note: Be careful when using the coarse adjustment ‒ it can lower the objective so much that it may touch the slide, and with more turn, can damage the lens and the slide. Never let the objective lens touch the slide!
There you go, your microscope setup is complete now! You can now change the objectives to get more magnifications (further adjustments will be necessary when changing lenses), and get a sketch of the specimen.
If this is your first time using a microscope, you will be amazed at the beautiful micro world! There is no end to the odd and weird stuff that can be seen only through a microscope, and who knows ‒ you will see something totally new tomorrow.
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