What is a student microscope? Obviously, they are used by students, but of what level? Let’s take an in-depth review of what educational microscopes are used. In elementary and grade school, teachers may introduce a simple microscope to the kids. This is often a monocular compound light microscope having a single eyepiece an maybe three objectives for changing magnification levels. The highest power of magnification for this basic educational need is probably 400x. For high school science and biology classes, the cheap monocular student microscope is probably replaced by a more advanced binocular compound microscope having two eyepieces and four objectives capable of viewing up to 1000x magnification. This level of power requires the addition of a 100x oil immersion objective as well as a better light condenser system for illuminating the biological specimen on the slide. This same type of advanced compound microscope may also be used for university level coursework by students taking microbiology, medical and clinical diagnostic studies, and general biology. The basic microscope may be upgraded to higher quality objectives such as the “plan” style compared to the cheaper achromatic objectives. The better student microscope may also have a higher power illumination to help the imaging with the 1000x magnification.
A student microscope is not confined to being just a compound version. The other common type of student microscope is the stereo dissecting microscope. A simple student version may have a cheaper stand, smaller frame, and only a binocular version instead of having photography and video ports that are added in trinocular versions. The student dissection microscope is used for dissecting small insects, frogs, tadpoles, fish, and a variety of other animals in a basic and advanced level science and biology classroom. However, they can be used by the student for more than just dissection. They are good for examination of biological items at low power magnification and where the specimen is too large to fit under a glass microscope slide. For example, the facets of the compound eye on a dragonfly may be examined in detail with the student dissecting microscope.
A teacher may select the trinocular version of either student microscope type: stereo dissecting or compound. The trinocular port gives the instructor the added benefit of demonstrating to all the students at one time by taking the microscopic image out to a classroom video monitor. A few years ago, having video and still image capture camera equipment for a microscope was restricted to only the educational facilities with the larger budgets. But with the rapid advancement of digital equipment, specifically digital microscopy cameras, the prices and availability of this type of equipment is within reach of most students.
Do you need a student microscope? Whatever your needs may be, please contact our sales team today for an indepth discussion of our student microscopes and how they will meet your needs. We can help you in selecting between the stereo dissecting and the high power compound versions. We can also discuss different video and digital still image capture camera equipment and how it can enhance the student’s learning experience.