Category: My kids

  • What are stereo microscopes used for?

        I’ve always been passionate about tiny things, in that I want to find out everything that can’t be seen with the naked eye. I used to love biology classes when I was in school, and that’s because every time, I was able to learn something different and interesting. When I got married and had kids, I started focusing on the methods that I could utilize to pique my children’s interested in science. There were two ways I could do this, in my opinion. One of them was to get a good-quality telescope with the help of which my kids would be able to look at the stars every evening in the backyard or from a field nearby so that the sky wouldn’t be as polluted. The second method would be to get them a microscope. My little girl developed a passion for making her own jewelry, and Jeremy, my son, was always into repairing things. My imagination went wild with all the possibilities they had and the many career options they would have when they would grow up. Jeremy was likely to become an engineer, and the irony of it all is that is precisely what happened. While they did well in school, the fact is that they never became really interested in biology. So, when it was time for me to get them a microscope, I had to decide on a compound or a stereo one. In terms of magnification and power, a compound would have been a logical choice. However, since they didn’t really like looking at slides and preparing them on their own, it seemed to be impractical, to say the least. That is why I ended up reading a lot about stereo microscopes. This variant is designed in such a way so that to allow the user to look at larger things than slides, smears, and types of such specimens. Because they have a working distance and somewhat more room at the bottom, users can look at things like watch components, small jewelry pieces, leaves and insects, as well as a variety of other items. They’re usually made out of the same high-quality optics and other components as their compound counterparts, which is why they aren’t as affordable as some compact USB magnifiers. My research entailed going through countless reviews and forums where parents just like me expressed their opinions. So, if you’re trying to tell whether a dissecting microscope is a good idea for you, the first thing you should do is read more on this subject. For purposes like jewelry making, soldering, any type of work on electrical components and various other activities, a stereomicroscope is the perfect choice. For biological purposes, a compound is better.