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What is a dissecting microscope?

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Dissecting microscopes, also known as stereo microscopes, are scientific instruments used to obtain three-dimensional images of obtained specimens. The microscope trains two different lenses on the specimen in order to obtain the image.

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Dissecting microscopes have advantages and disadvantages. They are the only microscopes that can produce three-dimensional images and have a superior depth of field compared to typical compound microscopes. Their three-dimensional images can be useful in determining the exact location and function of objects. However, they have a small magnification. This prevents the user from seeing highly detailed images, but allows larger portions of the object to be viewed at the same time.

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