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What Is a Binocular Microscope and How to Choose One?

Updated on April 13, 2015

What Is a Binocular Microscope?

Microscopes come in multiple designs. One defining characteristic of a microscope is whether it has a single eyepiece or two eye pieces. Microscopes that have just one eye piece are called monocular microscopes, and microscopes that have two eye pieces are called binocular microscopes. Students often find that binocular microscopes are easier to use because they don't have to close one eye to use the device.

Binocular Microscopes - Which One Is Best for You?

Binocular microscopes - Which one is best for you?
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Binocular microscopes are a great option for young scientists or for students that have to do a lot of work with a microscope. The dual eye pieces are comfortable to use and they can be adjusted to fit the distance between your eyes and to compensate for visual issues that you may have. It can be helpful to test out a variety of settings on your binocular microscope to find what fits the best. After you find a position that is comfortable you can mark on the microscope so you can quickly and easily set your scope when you need to use it. This is a helpful hint if multiple people use the same scope.

When purchasing a binocular microscope it is important to examine all of the features of the available devices before making a decision. Some of the features that are available include USB connection ports, duel view set up, oil immersion option, lens strengths, number of lenses, focal length and warranty options. In addition to features you also need to think about what the binocular is made from. For example, some microscopes are made from plastic while others are made from metal.

The best binocular microscope for you is not necessarily the best binocular microscope for someone else. To pick the right model you need to think about the age of the user, the reasons you need the microscope and the features that you are most interested in. If you are working on Science Fair Projects <---- Free, for example, then you will need to select a microscope that is suitable to the type of data collection processes that are necessitated by your science fair project.

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