How do you use a microscope?
This microscope is called a stereo microscope, because it has one eyepiece for each eye. This allows us to watch the objects in 3D, and is particularly suited for viewing objects too small for the naked eye, and too large for high magnification microscopes. The eyepieces included in this stereo microscope have 10x magnification, while the built in lens has 2x magnification. Combined this provides 20x magnification. With the stereo microscope children can view insects, minerals, kitchen ingredients, fabric, circuitboards, the screen of a phone, crystals and plants.
Get to know the microscope
- Adjust the distance between the two eyepieces so the match the distance between the eyes. The eyepieces are the two black cylinders we use to look through.
- Insert the batteries, and turn on the lights. The batteries are inserted underneath the microscope, and the button is located on the base of the frame.
- Choose something you would like to view up close. Place it on the white base, between the two metal clamps. A petridish can be used to contain the object.
- Raise the lens to the top by turning the black wheels on the side of the microscope.
- Focus on the object you are viewing by adjusting the lens down until the image is crystal clear.
Suddenly a whole new world of shapes, details and colours unfolds!