A microscope is an optical instrument that can be used for magnification. It's often made up of multiple parts, including:
- optics (lens, focus, calibration)
- a camera
- a lighting system
- a moving stage to hold slides
Not all are necessary to view something microscopic!
Basic Microscope Kit
While there are lots of different microscopes -- both commercial and open source (see below) -- we're highlighting an introductory-level Do-It-Yourself microscope kit that's a good place to start:
What kinds of microscope are available, both Do-It-Yourself ones and commercially available ones? We've posted this question here, and are keeping a comparison table below.
See and edit the full spreadsheet here
Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve.
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