A compound light microscope has one lens and is essentially a loupe of magnifying glass with a relatively high magnification.
The basic modern microscope found in schools, hospitals and research centers is a compound light microscope which has a series of lenses to collect and focus the light transmitted through the specimen.
Although larger and more complicated, the multiple lenses of the compound microscope increase magnification and resolution while reducing chromatic aberration.
More sophisticated and specialized microscopes, such as an electron microscope, use the same scientific principles as their conventional counterparts even though they operate in a different manner. [Read more…] about How does a compound microscope work?