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Welcome to your source for compound microscopes. We at CompoundMicroscopes.com look forward to serving your microscopy needs. We strive to provide you a workable solution, in terms of quality, application, and budget. Our skilled microscopists will listen to your needs and make a knowledgeable recommendation to fit your application. It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school student, home schooled , pre-med, a veterinarian needing to look at animal tissue specimens, or a medical professional in a hospital or health care clinic. We can provide the best compound microscope for your unique microscope needs.

What is a compound microscope?
The term itself is defined as a biological type of microscope, capable of high power magnification with objectives that are selectable. The word “compound” originally came from the fact that this type of microscope uses multiple lens in conjunction with each other, hence giving a “compounding” magnification.  A compound microscope lens has a particular power of magnification, with the resultant combined magnification being the multiplication of each constituent lens. For example, a student compound microscope, used to look at dried blood on a prepared microscope slide, may use a 40x power objective. The eyepiece may be 10x or could as well be 16x. The resultant combined magnification of the microscopy system is 40x times the 10x eyepiece, equal to 400x total magnifying power for the student using the compound microscope.

While a stereo microscope also technically has multiple lenses with a compounding effect, they are not termed “compound”. Generally, compound microscopes are used for looking at prepared slides under high power. Objectives commonly used are 4x, 20x, 40x, and 100x. The 100x is usually an oil immersion type to improve viewing resolution. High school and university level biology labs, clinical and medical offices, and research facilities often use compound microscopes for imaging of specimens. Our compound microscopes are perfect for this application.

A compound microscope can be a monocular (single eyetube), binocular (two eyetubes with two eyepieces), or a trinocular with a third port for photography or video camera equipment. A unit can be as simple as a toy with very basic lens, a medium student grade unit for school, or a high quality research laboratory microscope capable of high quality imaging at high magnification. A higher grade unit may be a full digital compound microscope with capability to directly connect via USB cable to the USB port on a computer. This allows live video imaging of the microscopic image as well as digital image capture with the still camera.

Whatever your needs are, please contact our skilled microscopists about a compound microscope today. We offer the best sales in compound microscopes and even have specific microscopes for breeders, students, physicians, scientists, and hobbyists. You can use our microscope selector at the top of the page to find the perfect compound microscope for your profession or need.

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