The Condenser and Diaphragm

  • Dee Lawlor


Essential to the quality of your image, the condenser can often be a source of confusion for the new microscoper. Mastering how to correctly adjust the condenser and diaphragm is not difficult. They allow you to optimise contrast and light levels, which will greatly improve the quality of your image.

In this chapter, we will look at the anatomy and functionality of the condenser and diaphragm separately and how to make sure they are correctly positioned.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dee Lawlor
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  1. 1.AberdeenUK

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