Title

Microscope basics

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Date

8-7-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Microscopy, Fluorescence; Microscopy, Video; Optical Phenomena; Video Recording

Disciplines

Cell Biology | Investigative Techniques | Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Optics

Abstract

This chapter provides information on how microscopes work and discusses some of the microscope issues to be considered in using a video camera on the microscope. There are two types of microscopes in use today for research in cell biology-the older finite tube-length (typically 160mm mechanical tube length) microscopes and the infinity optics microscopes that are now produced. The objective lens forms a magnified, real image of the specimen at a specific distance from the objective known as the intermediate image plane. All objectives are designed to be used with the specimen at a defined distance from the front lens element of the objective (the working distance) so that the image formed is located at a specific location in the microscope. Infinity optics microscopes differ from the finite tube-length microscopes in that the objectives are designed to project the image of the specimen to infinity and do not, on their own, form a real image of the specimen. Three types of objectives are in common use today-plan achromats, plan apochromats, and plan fluorite lenses. The concept of mounting video cameras on the microscope is also presented in the chapter.

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Citation: Sluder G, Nordberg JJ. Microscope basics. Methods Cell Biol. 2013;114:1-10. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-407761-4.00001-4. Link to article on publisher's site

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