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28 Oct

Stereomicroscopy

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Stereomicroscopy is helpful in almost any endeavor requiring a long working distance and relatively modest magnification. Stereoscopic microscopes are commonly referred to as “dissecting microscopes” but their applications are much more diverse. Biology, botany and almost any other area of life science that you can think of has a need for a stereo microscope. But that is just the beginning. Geologists, gemologists, electronics assemblers (think circuit boards), minerologists, numismatists, philatelists, printers and archeologists are just a few of the non-life science professional and amateur observers who find stereos to be invaluable if not indispensable. One of the most common questions of new users is, how does a stereo work? The easy answer is “very well”! The scientific explanation is also straightforward and quite simple. A stereocopic microscope has dual optical paths, one for each eye, offset to one another at about the same angle as your eyes. This offset allows you to “see” in three dimensions through the microscope in exactly the same way as you see in three dimensions as you view the world around you. Stereoscopic vision works in much the same way as stereophonic sound (after all, your ears are offset too!). These microscopes come in two basic configurations. They either have fixed magnification(s) or a continuosly variable zoom configuration. Either way, the secret is in the offset optical paths that are the heart of stereoscopic vision. The next time you want to get up close and personal with a caterpillar, a leaf, a coin or a gemstone give a stereo microscope a try. You’ll be amazed at what you will see…

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