Focusing the Microscope:
You should check to see if your compound microscope has a rack stop. If it does not have one, then be careful not to allow the objective lens to touch the slide as you may break the slide. When using a monocular microscope, the correct technique is to look through the eyepiece with one eye and keep the other eye open. Most new users, tend to close one eye. While many microscopists do close one eye, you will help avoid eye strain by keeping both eyes open. Finally, remember! When you view a specimen through a microscope, you are viewing an image through multiple lenses. As a result, the image is upside down and back-to-front so when you move the slide to the right, the image moves to the left and vice versa!
Care & Maintenance of Your Microscope:
Your compound microscope will last a lifetime if cared for properly and we recommend that you observe the following basic steps:
- When finished viewing , lower the stage, click the low power lens into position and remove the slide.
- Switch off the microscope when not using.
- Avoid touching the glass part of the lenses with your fingers. Use only special lens paper to clean the lenses.
- Dust is the number one enemy of a microscope so always keep your microscope covered when not in use. When not in use for extended periods, replace the microscope in its box.