There are three well-known branches of microscopy: optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy.
So, what is the most commonly used type of microscope?
Compound microscopes are light illuminated. The image seen with this type of microscope is two dimensional. This microscope is the most commonly used. You can view individual cells, even living ones.
What are the four main types of microscopes?
4 types of Microscopes
- Compound Light Microscopes. Use light to magnify. Can magnify up to 2000x, but ours magnify up to 500x.
- Stereoscopic Microscopes. Use light to magnify. Ours magnifies up to 50x.
- Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Use Electrons to magnify.
- Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Use Electrons to magnify.
What are the two most common types of microscopes and what are the differences between them?
There are two different types of electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and transmission electron microscopes (TEM). In the TEM method, an electron beam is passed through an extremely thin section of the specimen.