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OpticsPlanet utilizes many guest experts to provide high quality informative content on products that we sell, how to choose the right one for your use, and provide expert advice and tips. OpticsPlanet guest experts cover a wide range of topics from microscopes for discovering the world of cells and other micro organisms to telescopes for exploring the vast universe, which our planet is a part of. Whether you are an amateur or an expert, we're sure you will find useful information among all of the articles that our guest authors have created.


  • Microscopes
  • microscope accessories
  • microscope parts and components

1. Introduction to Microscopes

A microscope is an instrument used to magnify objects so that greater detail can be distinguished within an object. A microscope can facilitate a science education for students as well as provide an opportunity for hobbyists to learn more about microorganisms and other objects difficult to see with the naked eye. Microscopes can also stimulate interest in science within younger learners. This section on how to choose a microscope will arm you with microscope knowledge and empower you to make an informed purchase decision. We will discuss the different components of the microscope, explain the differences between the two most common microscopes, and finally we will tell you how to choose the appropriate microscope for the end user/application.

We also include a Glossary of more than 70 terms applying to microscopes that may be helpful.

How To Buy A Microscope