All About Microscopes
There are two main types of light microscopes:
COMPOUND and STEREO microscopes.
COMPOUND MICROSCOPES are so called because they are designed with a compound lens system. The objective lens provides the primary magnification which is compounded (multiplied) by the ocular lens (eyepiece). Visual information produced by compound microscopes are two dimensional, as opposed to those produced by stereomicroscopes which are three dimensional. Most provide an image which is upside down and backward as compared to the actual orientation of the object. Compound microscopes usually have several objectives in magnifications ranging from about 4x to 100x. Eyepieces are commonly 10x resulting in total magnifications of 40x to 1000x (Objective x Eyepiece). Compound microscopes may be upright or inverted. There are a variety of microscopy techniques available for compound microscopes, many of which are discussed below. In addition, more on STEREOMICROSCOPES may also be found below.
Martin Microscope Company keeps a wide variety of new and used microscopes and accessories in stock.
There are many microscope websites out there that will display hundreds of different microscopes with no clear indication of what makes one better than another. We take a different approach.
The microscopes and accessories we list on our website are not an exhaustive list, but rather are microscopes that we have used, serviced, and generally recommend. As an independent company with many years of experience in microscopy, we are able to carefully select specific models from various brands at various price-points that we believe are the best in their respective classes.
We are a full-service microscope company providing sales, support, service, and even customized solutions.