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How to use z-stacking software for microscopes

How to use z-stacking software for microscopes

When peering through a microscope lens, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to bring your entire specimen into focus all at once. In most cases, this isn’t a major issue. The real problem arises when taking photos, as blurry edges can ruin an otherwise perfect shot. But don't worry, there's a straightforward solution to this problem – focus stacking, also known as z-stacking.

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Phase contrast microscopy explained

Phase contrast microscopy explained

Phase contrast microscopy is an effective and convenient method of boosting contrast, revealing hidden details in transparent and unstained specimens. It was invented by Dutch physicist Frits Zernike in the 1930s, who was awarded the Nobel prize for his discovery....

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Understanding the coarse and fine adjustment knobs on a microscope

Understanding the coarse and fine adjustment knobs on a microscope

On the side of almost every microscope, no matter how cheap or expensive, you’ll find the focus adjustment knobs. Unassuming yet essential, these little black dials determine whether you see a crystal-clear image or a blur. Here’s a quick overview of the coarse and fine adjustment knobs, and how they work.

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Understanding the mechanical stage of a microscope

Understanding the mechanical stage of a microscope

The mechanical stage is a vital yet unappreciated component of any microscope. Sitting below the objective lenses, it’s the stage (or platform) upon which your slides and samples sit. It both keeps your slides steady and allows you to move those slides with smooth precision. Here’s a quick overview of the humble mechanical stage.

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The benefits of using a digital microscope for PCB inspection

The benefits of using a digital microscope for PCB inspection

The ever-shrinking size of electronic components makes a microscope essential for PCB inspections. But not all microscopes are created equal – and using a subpar setup for extended periods can leave you sore or even injured. If you spend a reasonable amount of time inspecting PCBs, you can make your job easier and safer by switching to a digital microscope like the Dino-Lite AM73915MZTL.

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How to set up a darkfield microscope

How to set up a darkfield microscope

Instead of shining light directly through your sample, darkfield microscopy places a circular blocker known as a ‘stop’ in the way. The stop blocks any direct light from hitting the sample, allowing only the angled light that can sneak around the edges to get past. This angled light would ordinarily miss the objective lens, leaving the image completely dark (the ‘dark’ in darkfield).

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What are the different types of plain glass microscope slides?

What are the different types of plain glass microscope slides?

Don’t take the humble glass slide for granted. These unassuming little rectangles lie at the heart of casual microscopy and professional scientific research alike. Despite their simple appearance, they come with a surprising variety of features and benefits. Let’s take a quick look at the types of plain glass microscopes slides you might encounter.

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Dino-Lite AF7115MZT wireless digital microscope – NEW MODEL 5MP

Dino-Lite AF7115MZT wireless digital microscope – NEW MODEL 5MP

Introducing the new and improved Dino-Lite AF7115MZT, a remarkable handheld digital microscope with wi-fi connectivity.This upgraded model offers enhanced optics and a host of features for those seeking high-quality microscopy on-the-go.  Let’s delve into its impressive capabilities.

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How to use eyepiece micrometers and reticles

How to use eyepiece micrometers and reticles

Measuring cells and microorganisms under a microscope isn’t as simple as whipping out a tape measure. To measure truly microscopic things, you need to install a useful tool known as a reticle or eyepiece micrometre.  And to properly calibrate it, you’ll need a special glass microscope slide known as a stage micrometre. Once calibrated, the reticle will allow you to make accurate measurements through your microscope quickly and easily.

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