Parts of a Microscope

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Stage

Part of the microscope that supports the slide

Cover Slip

Small piece that is used to cover a water drop on a slide

Slide

Small glass plate on which specimen are paced for viewing

Power

The degree of magnication for a lens

Eyepiece

Allows you to view the image. Contains the ocular lens.

Nosepiece

Holds the objective lenses. Able to rotate to change magnification.

Objective Lenses

Found on the nosepiece. Range from high to low power.

Stage Clips

These are used to hold a slide in place on the stage

Light Source

Sends light upwards through the diaphragm to light up the specimen.

Arm

Part on the side of a microscope that is used to support it when it is carried

Coarse Adjustment Knob

Moves the stage up and down

Fine Adjustment Knob

Moves the stage slightly to help you "fine" tune your view

Diaphragm

Helps you to adjust the amount of light that reaches the specimen

Base

The bottom part of the microscope

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