Microscopes - pros and cons

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  • Microscopes
    • Light Microscope
      • Light is passed through thin specimens to produce images
      • Advantages
        • Images in colour
        • Cheap
        • Easy
      • Disadvantages
        • Low magnification
        • Low resolution
      • 2D colour images
    • Transmission Electron Microscopes
      • Electrons pass through the specimen and form an image
      • Advantages
        • High magnification
        • High resolution
      • Disadvantages
        • Black and white images
        • Expensive
        • Training is required
    • Scanning Electron Microscope
      • Electrons are reflected off the specimen to produce a 3D image
      • Advantages
        • High magnification
        • High resolution
      • Disadvantages
        • Black and white
        • Expensive
        • Need training
    • Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope
      • Where electrons are used to form images
      • Advantages
        • High resolution
        • High magnification
        • Can produce 3D images
      • Disadvantages
        • Cannot be used on live specimens

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