What are the uses for high power and low power microscopes?

High-power or Compound microscopes are used for magnifying thin specimen sections at high levels mounted on microscope slides. They are ideal for observing cells and cell structure.

Low-power or Stereo microscopes have lower magnifications usually 20x to 40x, and are designed for viewing objects like rocks, insects and flowers. They don’t require slide preparation so they are good for children and studying nature.

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