The compound light microscope is a precision instrument and should always be handled with care. At all times you must observe following rules for its transport, cleaning, use and storage:
How to Handle Your Microscope
When moving a microscope from one place to another, the goal is to do your best not to hit it against anything along the way.
To accomplish this, you must always use both hands when moving compound light microscopes. One hand can lift the microscope by the arm, while the other hand should support the base of the instrument. Carrying the microscope this way will ensure that you carry it carefully at all times.
Now, your microscope might look simple enough in stature, but you should know that there id roughly 15 to 20 lenses within its structure, all arranged in such a way to achieve optimum magnification.
It is, therefore, prudent to make sure that you set it down on a table of any surface carefully and even gently. You may loosen parts and jar lenses if you are in the habit of banging your microscope around.
Lastly, do wash your hands before handling your microscope.
After all, you do not want to damage it with something trivial like bread crumbs or remnants of jell-o after all the effort you have exerted in making sure that it is kept safe.
How to Store Your Microscope
Anyone who owns a microscope will tell you the same thing: dust is the enemy!
At least, to your instrumental’s lenses.
That is way biological microscope must always be covered when not in use. A vinyl of plastic cover is the way to go. Of course, it goes without saying that your microscope must always be placed on a sturdy table or desk to avoid the risk of falls.
If you do not have a secure surface to store your microscope on, you can go to the DIY route by getting one of those plastic containers from Rubbermaid with a lid and handles – you know, the kind you can buy from Wal-Mart.
Make sure it’s large enough for your microscope with room to spare because you will need to put a piece of foam at the bottom of the container and a soft piece of fabric like a clean dish towel on top of it to create a great cushion for your instrument.
This way, your microscope isn’t only protected from dust it’s also protected from impact.