Advantages of a Light Microscope

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Advantages of a Light Microscope

  • Living plants and animals can be seen directly
     
  • Relatively cheap
     
  • Largely accessible
     
  • Can be transported easily
     
  • Comparisons can be made
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Disadvantages of a Light Microscope

  • Artefacts can be produced
     
  • What is seen may be a result of preparation
     
  • Limited powers of resolution and magnification
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Advantages of an Electron Microscope

  • Large powers of resolution and magnification
     
  • Many details of specimen can be seen
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Disadvantages of an Electron Microscope

  • Specimens have to be dead
     
  • Examinations occur in a vacuum
     
  • Resulting artefacts
     
  • Expensive
     
  • Large piece of equipment
     
  • Constant temperature and pressure needed
     
  • Difficult to access
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