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What is a compound microscope?



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The term compound microscope normally refers to a light microscope that uses two or more lenses to magnify objects. (Two lenses does not refer to the number of eye pieces as does the term binocular microscope.) This is to be distinguished from a simple light microscope with a single lens.

There are many modern variations of the light microscope which have more specialized names but which may still be "compound" with the meaning that they have multiple stages of magnification.