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Practical Digital Photomicrography: Photography Through the Microscope for the Life Sciences by Brian Matsumoto

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3.2. Stereomicroscopes

Stereomicroscopes have a limited magnification range. The primary objective lens is usually 1x, though when coupled with special accessory optics it may be raised to 2x. With a 10x eyepiece and a 1-10 zoom module the resulting magnification range is 10x to 200x. Because of this limited range, many microscopists use only the compound microscope for photography. Its objectives have a magnification range of 1x to 100x; when combined with a 10x eyepiece, specimens can be observed at 10 to 1000 times magnification.

Unfortunately, while the compound microscope is efficient for high magnification work, its utility is limited with lower-power shots. The stereomicroscope excels at these lower magnifications. Stereomicroscopes provide ...

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