It is my solid conviction that science is not hard and that many people would be interested in finding out more if they were just well familiarized with terms and how different equipment works in the process of scientific experiments. A microscope, for instance, should not be seen as a complicated device.
Anyone can learn how to use a microscope. At first glance, things may look complicated, but I am here to prove you otherwise. This website has more information that I can offer you in this short blog post, and I want to recommend it to you. But now, let’s learn a few things together and discover what makes working with a microscope such a fascinating activity.
A few things about the main components should be learned first. The platform on which the specimen sits on slides for easy viewing is called the stage, just like in a theater. The only thing that differs is that you won’t watch actors enacting a play, but different specimens used for scientific experiments.
The arm is the part that makes the connection between the base and the piece you are looking through. The focus knobs are useful for bringing the specimen closer and have the image become clearer. Next, you have the objective whose primary role is to magnify the picture. Use the diaphragm for adjusting the amount of light you need.
One of the important things to keep in mind is to place the microscope on a flat surface, so you don’t feel cramped when working. The light source is the first thing you need to switch on. When you start the compound microscope for the first time, make sure that the diaphragm is adjusted for the largest diameter possible, to let plenty of light in.
A scan is usually performed at the lowest power, as it provides plenty of field of view. After that, you can proceed at watching your specimen. The slide must be carefully operated so that the sample ends up exactly under the lens. If you encounter troubles, the best way to achieve the results you want is slightly turning the control knobs.
Make sure that your specimen is in focus. Also, lighting is important, so fiddling with the control for a while longer will help you see better through the microscope. Now you can move the nosepiece to reach the highest magnification and power.
At any stage, remember that you can adjust the focus and the light. This helps you see better everything you need, related to the specimen. After all, this is what microscopes are made for, and they are tools to be used.