What magnification power microscope do I need to see cells germs?

Looking for a microscope powerful enough to see cells and germs and such. What magnification power do I need? 200x, 400x, 1000x or more?

3 Responses to “What magnification power microscope do I need to see cells germs?”

  1. Rob L  on March 28th, 2012

    Germ cells would include the sperm and the egg. The egg is much larger and would need less magnification. You would have the same microscope for 200x, 400x, and 1000x, you would just have different lenses. The eye piece gives 10x, so you would just use a 20x, 40x, or 100x lens to see at 200x, 400x, and 1000x, respectively. You would need to use oil between the lens and slide to see clearly at 1000x. If you only want to see the germ cells under light 200x will get a nice picture, but 100x could be used to count and identify.

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  2. john d  on March 28th, 2012

    Cells are relatively big so you can see them at 200X or 400X. You probably won’t be able to see bacteria clearly under a conventional light microscope unless specific staining is used.

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  3. vasu063  on March 28th, 2012

    To make things simple. use 10x eye piece and 100x objective lens. Put a drop of cedar wood oil on the slide when you bring 100x to the slide. Adjust the condenser and see the material.

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