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Practical Digital Photomicrography: Photography Through the Microscope for the Life Sciences by Brian Matsumoto

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1.1. Basic Microscope Parts

To the neophyte, using a microscope might seem simple. All one has to do is turn on the illuminator, place a specimen on the stage, center it, focus it, and view. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple. Many microscope adjustments require finesse and experience. Nonetheless, a new user can easily learn the proper illumination techniques and correct operation of the microscope to get good results. This book will present both basic and advanced techniques for using a microscope, along with information about different types of specimens, their preparation, and the best way to view them. As with most things, simple techniques yield the most basic images, while more advanced techniques reveal hidden wonders in the ...

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