The practice microscope: part 2 – basic set-up and care


  • David H. Scarff BVetMed CertSAD FRMS MRCVS


The practice microscope is a precision instrument, and careful set-up and routine maintenance are required to get the best out of the investment. Most modern microscopes are designed to be simple to operate, whereas older, research standard instruments, while capable of producing quality images, demand more effort if the best is to be achieved. In this article, the set-up of a modern compound microscope will be discussed, including the adjustments required for Köhler illumination; important if photomicroscopy is intended. In the second section of the article, basic care of the microscope will be discussed, including cleaning and routine maintenance.