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Why are microscope lenses so small?

Why are microscope lenses small and camera lenses large? Surely having large lenses on microscopes would let you gather more light from the thing you're trying to examine and give you a clearer picture.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 3, 2011 - 9 answers

What would Galileo think?

Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Viewing The World Through Two-Colored Glasses

Any harm in wearing sunglasses with two mismatched lenses? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Apr 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Are square lenses better?

Optics geeks: Why do some cameras matte off a rectangle in front of the lens like this? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Dec 3, 2007 - 12 answers

tap that glass

I'm interested in fitting odd lenses -- and making custom lenses -- to/for digital cameras and digital video cameras. I'm not terribly concerned with the electronic side of things, so you shouldn't be either. What I'm looking for is a crass/crash course in optics -- something (a book, a video, a class, a kit) that will teach me the basics of optics and allow me to force photocopier lenses, telescopes, and microscopes onto unsuspecting recording devices.
posted by fake on Dec 28, 2006 - 12 answers

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