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The Compound Light Microscope Parts
this part on the side of the microscope is used to support it when it is carried
the bottom part of the microscope
coarse adjustment knob
this part moves the stage up and down to help you get the specimen into view
name for the small plastic or glass piece that is used to cover a water drop on a slide
this part of the microscope helps you adjust the amount of light that reaches the specimen
this part allows you to view the image on the stage and contains the ocular lens
fine adjustment knob
this part moves the stage slightly to help you sharpen or "fine" tune your view of the specimen
projects light upwards through the diaphragm to allow you to see the specimen
this part holds the objective lenses and is able to rotate to change magnification
these are found on the nosepiece and range from low to high power
refers to the degree of magnification for a lens
small glass plate on which specimen are placed for viewing
part of the microscope that supports the slide that is being viewed
these are used to hold a slide in place on the stage.
high power objective
provides a magnification of 40x and is the longest objective
low power objective
provides a magnification of 10x and is the shortest objective
scanning objective lens
the smallest lens on the nosepiece. It magnifies an image approx. 4x.
oil immersion lens
100x objective lens