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Get the scoop on scopes: Stereo microscopes

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Commonly used to examine specimens that would be too thick or otherwise opaque for compound microscopy, stereo microscopes are lower-resolution scopes that allow for a greater working distance and depth of field as a result. 

Stereo microscopes are often used to:

  • Study the surfaces of solid specimens
  • Carry out close work such as dissection, microsurgery, or various functions of entomology
  • Study features of geologic specimens like rocks, minerals, and fossils

If you're interested in getting a closer look at the solid biological or geological specimens you use in your classroom, then a stereo microscope may be the right scope for you. 

Watch to learn more about the variety of features, functions, and uses for stereo microscopes, and how to choose the right one for your lab applications. 

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