Compound Microscopes

Apart from routine activities, such as observation and photomicrography, inverted and fixed-stage compound microscopes are used to monitor cell injection and patch clamping. For photomicrography, standard format compound microscopes may have an integral camera, or a connecting tube mounted on a trinocular head with fittings for video or CCD cameras, or a camera body for 35mm film.

Various factors affect the quality of image that can be achieved. The way in which the specimen is prepared and mounted will influence the type of objectives that can be used, and which type of contrast enhancement filters are appropriate.

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