In the world of microscopes, we often think of everything as infinitely small, and that is why we need a microscope to begin with. If a scope can’t let you see the hairs on a flea’s legs what is the point? Well, we are here to help you learn about what are some of the useful applications of a dissecting microscopes.
What is a dissecting microscope?
Dissecting microscopes are also known as stereo microscopes, and are thus named because of the vertical action of the arm that adjusts height to allow the viewing and examination of the full size three-dimensional objects like rocks, full size animals, or jewelry.
Unlike the microscopes that can help you observe individual protozoa scrambling around a slide, the dissecting microscopes have a magnification range of between 2 and 70 times. This means what you will look at will appear to be 2 to 70 times larger than it actually is. While this may seem limited when compared with the 1000 times magnification power of compound microscopes, the lower magnification offers a much larger field of view for working with your subject.
The light source of the dissecting microscope also comes from above, rather than below, and often built using flexible or telescoping materials that allow you to place the light exactly where you need the best illumination.
The objective and eyepiece lenses on a dissecting microscope are fixed, and placed at a greater distance from the stage of the scope where your subject rests. This extra space allows you to bring tools to use while using the microscope.
What Are Some Useful Applications of a Dissecting Microscope?
The useful applications of the dissecting microscopes are as wide and different from the compound microscopes as their features.
Biology is the study of life, and often times biologists have to get their hands dirty in order to understand how things work. The dissecting microscope gives scientists the amount of space they need to bring precision dissection tools to their work. With a good dissecting microscope, long gone are the days of sloppy cuts from your traditional high school class.
The precision made available by the microscope will let you see in clearer detail, and identify parts of you subject that you could not see otherwise.
Geologists make frequent use of dissecting microscopes as they study samples of rock formations. While it may seem silly to look at a rock under a microscope, the striations and individual elements that compose a rock sample are not visible to the naked eye. By using a microscope, geologists can access these unseen clues that tell the story of the Earth and can’t help to understand the health of the crust, and possibly prevent disasters.
Like biology, doctors and researchers use dissecting microscopes to make advances in they way injuries and diseases are treated. With the power and space afforded by these microscopes doctors are able to perform complex surgeries, and researchers are able to examine the effects of treatments on human tissues.
Computers and Engineering
One of the fastest growing and most important fields that use dissecting microscopes is in engineering and computers. As technology advances, the circuit boards, motors, and power supplies grow every smaller. In these capacities, the dissecting microscopes are pivotal to make sure that the soldering and construction are precise and exact. In an arena where a single millimeter can be the difference between function and failure, a quality compound microscope can be the tools that yields success.
Well, we all like those shiny pieces of bling that adorn our ears, wrists, and fingers. The best jewelers use dissecting microscopes to make exact molds and cuts for perfect jewelry that is forged strong enough to last a lifetime.