Choosing between a digital microscope and a dissecting one


As some of you might have inferred from my last post, I am a proud collector of coins. However, my interests do not limit to this, as I also enjoy collecting stamps and other fascinating objects, a passion that will maybe talk about in another blog entry. However, because I take my passion seriously, I also made a few investments in the devices that I use to study my proud possessions. Therefore, there was a time when I had to make a series of choices between different technologies and devices, and one of those particular decisions was choosing between a digital microscope and a dissecting one. So, because I think there are people who struggle with making this call, I have decided to give you a hand and help you make up your mind about what model you should choose.

To make it simple for you from the beginning, your decision should be guided by a simple criterion: how exactly do you intend to study your specimens? The reason why I am saying this is the fact that the main difference between a digital microscope and a dissecting one is the fact that a digital microscope was specially designed to be used with a computer. So, in case you want to thoroughly document the particularities of the sample/object you are studying, this device seems like a better fit.

Moreover, the price is also an important aspect. While dissecting microscopes are a tiny bit more expensive, as they are seen as lab equipment, digital microscopes are commonly low priced and considered commercial. As a result, by choosing a digital microscope you will be able to settle for a device that doesn’t require you to make a big investment. However, keep in mind that cheaper does not mean less capable. Quality, in this case, should not be inferred from the price. A well-equipped digital microscope is just as capable as a dissecting one.

Another major difference between the two is the fact that stereo microscopes, or dissecting microscopes and digital microscopes magnify the observed image in two different ways. While the stereo model multiplies the magnification in the lens by the eyepiece magnification, the digital model does not have this option. In the case of digital microscopes, magnification translates in how many times is the image made bigger when projected on the monitor. As studies show, the magnification number of a regular stereo microscope is in average 40 percent less than that of a digital one.

So, these are the facts, from here now the decision is all yours. So, think about what type you think best suits you and make your choice!



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