Optical microscope tips: I want to see with both eyes!
May 11, 2009 3:24 AM Subscribe
How do I get better at using an binocular compound optical microscope? I'd like to hear hints and tips I'm also interested in theories as to why I find this such a challenge, as it seems to come naturally to most people.
posted by Tapioca to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have difficulties using a binocular optical microscope - no problems on focusing on the specimen etc, more with the vision-related stuff. I adjust the distance between the eyepieces, but still find it hard to achieve a single image. Am I supposed to smoosh my eyes close into the eye-pieces, or keep them a few cm away?
I'm fairly happy using monocular models, though I never did learn the oft-recommended trick of keeping both eyes open - I can't see the specimen at all this way, it disappears and my vision just shows me the non-magnified view. Perhaps this is related?
I have myopia (short-sightedness) in both eyes (-10 dioptres in both eyes), and a small degree of astigmatism and I wear contacts most days, and spectacles occasionally. The contacts don't correct my vision completely, they are just the closest prescription that comes in daily disposable versions.