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.