Parts of a microscope

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  • 1. Parts of a Compound Microscope So EASY a KID could use it!
  • 2. Base • The bottom of the microscope, used for support • Hold this part with one hand when carrying a microscope ←
  • 3. Light Source (or Mirror) • Projects or reflects the light so the specimen is easier to see ←
  • 4. Stage • The flat platform where you place your slides. • The hole in it is called the condenser, which← allows the light to shine through
  • 5. Stage Clip • Shiny clips on the top of the stage • Holds a slide in place←
  • 6. Arm • Supports the tube and connects it to the base • The part you hold← when you carry the microscope
  • 7. Coarse Adjustment • Large, round knob on the side of the microscope→ • Either moves the stage or the top part of the microscope up and down
  • 8. Fine Adjustment • Small, round knob on the side of the microscope • Used to fine tune→ the focus after using the coarse adjustment knob.
  • 9. Eyepiece→ • The lens at the top that you look through. • 10X power
  • 10. Body Tube • The long tube that holds the→ eyepiece and connects the objective
  • 11. Nosepiece • Rotating part of the microscope at the bottom of the body tube.← • It holds the objective lenses
  • 12. High Power Objective • The longest objective lens • The highest magnification→ • 40X lens (40X x 10X = 400X magnification)
  • 13. Low Power Objective • The medium length objective lens • The medium magnification ← • 10X lens (10X x 10X = 100X magnification)
  • 14. Scanning Lens • The shortest length objective lens • Use 1st to focus on object, then switch to higher power • 4X lens (10X x 4X = 40X magnification)
  • 15. Disk Diaphragm • Controls the amount of light going through the condenser (hole) in the stage→