A Brief Look At Digital Microscopes*

*This is a collaborative post*
When I was a little girl I was fascinated with microscopes. I always wanted one for birthdays or Christmas and yet the first time I ever got my hands on one was at high school. Granted it was just a standard or traditional optical microscope but it did the job and we had a lot of fun in the process. It wasn't until I was a fully fledged adult that I realised just how many different types of microscopes there are; From Digital, Compound and Stereo, to Articulating, Inverted, Phase Contrast, Fluorescence, Metallugircal and Polarized Microscopes, there is a vast range available. 
Microscopes can actually be used for all sorts of projects from repairing jewellery to carrying out field research in archaeology. They can be used for hobbies and also in industry. There are even portable or handheld digital microscopes available too which are ideal for tasks such as repairs, leak detection and/or artwork restoration.  
Companies such as Microscope International and Meiji Techno are leaders in their field. They have a vast range of equipment on offer such as these Meiji Microscopes so if anyone is looking to invest then head on over to their website.
These days if I was going for a microscope then it would definitely be digital. Digital microscopes use a digital camera instead of an eyepiece. They are really handy for looking more closely at various samples and objects, and when used with an LED computer screen these are much more ergonomic and speedier to use than a standard optical microscope. 
Many professions and industries actually use these types of microscopes. Those in education, medicine, research, manufacturing and/or science based professions such as forensics often find digital microscopes to be of benefit because they offer higher magnification than a regular optical microscope and a larger depth of field. 
Of course depending on the specimen being looked at, it's important that the most appropriate microscope is used as not all will be best suited for the same task. You could place the same object or specimen under various microscopes and it could appear different. If you are looking to invest then I'd recommend doing a bit of research first so that you choose the best microscope for the job.

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