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Microscope Images at Different Magnifications

Do you need some examples of images at different magnifications under a microscope?

 

The different images below were taken with two different kinds of microscopes. The images of Paulownia wood, hair and frog's blood were taken with a high power, also known as compound microscope using a Nikon Coolpix camera and a Nikon camera adapter. The compound microscope typically has three or four different magnifications - 40x, 100x, 400x and sometimes 1000x.

 

  • At 40x magnification you will be able to see 5mm.
  • At 100x magnification you will be able to see 2mm.
  • At 400x magnification you will be able to see 0.45mm, or 450 microns.
  • At 1000x magnification you will be able to see 0.180mm, or 180 microns.

 

The images taken of the sunflower with the moth pupa were taken with a low power or stereo microscope. A stereo microscope is a good instrument for viewing insects, coins, leaves, anything you might be able to hold in the palm of your hand, but need to see more detail on the item. The images of the moth were taken with an Olympus camera using an Olympus camera adapter.

 

Images captured with a high power microscope and a Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera (5.1 mega pixels)

Paulownia Wood 20x

Paulownia Wood c.s. (cross section)
under a compound microscope

20x Magnification

Paulownia Wood 40x

Paulownia Wood c.s.
under a compound microscope

40x Magnification

Paulownia Wood 100x

Paulownia Wood c.s.
under a compound microscope

100x Magnification

Paulownia Wood 200x

Paulownia Wood c.s.
under a compound microscope

200x Magnification

Images provided courtesy of Robert Lavigne. Paulownia are deciduous trees native to much of China. The Paulownia fortunei tree is a fast-growing tree that is often grown commercially for production of hardwood timber. For more information on Paulownia Wood visit Wikipedia.

Images captured with a high power microscope and a Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera (3.3 mega pixels)

Microscope image of hair

Human Hair
under a compound microscope

100x Magnification

Human Hair
under a compound microscope

400x Magnification

Human Hair
under a compound microscope

400x Magnification

   
frog blood image

Frog's Blood
under a compound microscope
(Biological microscope model MT5000)

Image captured with the DK3000 microscope camera.

400x Magnification

Frog Blood Image, 1000x

Frog's Blood
under a compound microscope
(Biological microscope model MT5000)

Image captured with a Nikon Coolpix 3.3 mega pixel camera.

1000x Magnification

 

Images of a moth pupa taken with a stereo microscope and an Olympus digital camera.

Microscope image, moth pupa in sunflower

Sunflower with moth pupa in the stem
under a stereo microscope

10x Magnification

Microscope image, moth pupa

Moth pupa
under a stereo microscope

30x Magnification

Microscope image, moth pupa head

Head of a moth pupa
under a stereo microscope

60x Magnification