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What is the highest magnification a light microscope is capable of?
Not size or wavelength, magnification.
im guessing on this but if you could power it and had the right technoligy then probably as much as you would want
Re: What is the highest magnification a light microscope is capable of?
Typically, the highest objective you will encounter on a light microscope is 100x oil.
Theoretically, if you have 20x eyepieces, you could achieve 2000 magnification.
In reality, you begin to lose resolution beyond 1000x magnification on a light microscope. Thus, the standard combination on research light microscopes is 10x eyepieces with a 100x oil objective and a numerical aperture of 1.4.
The law of diminishing returns applies to your question.
Optimal viewing with a light microscope for maximum magnification occurs at 1000x via the use of 10x eyepieces and a 100x oil objective with a 1.4 numerical aperture when used with the proper oil application.
Anything beyond that starts to sacrifice resolution and optical clarity for sheer numbers.
I hope that helps you have a better understanding.
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