Once slides have been prepared, they can be examined under a microscope.
Aims of the experiment
Rotate the objective lenses so that the low power, eg x10, is in line with the stage.
Turn the coarse focus so that the stage is as close to the objective lens as possible.
You should not look through the microscope to do this.
Place the microscope slide – either one you have prepared, or a permanent slide – on the stage.
Line it up so that the specimen – if you can see it – is in the centre of the stage, where the light passes through.
Focus the slide away from you by turning the coarse focus adjustment.
Draw a low power image or record a digital image of what you see.
Rotate the objectives so that the high power objective, eg x40, is in line with the stage.
Bring the slide back into focus using the fine focus adjustment.
If you do not succeed, go back to low power and re-focus, then try again.
Record microscope images using labelled diagrams - or you could produce digital images.
When first examining cells or tissues with low power, draw an image at this stage, even if going on to examine the slide with high power.
A low power diagram is used:
A high power diagram is then produced – a detailed image of a part of the slide. It is usually drawn to show a single cell, eg of a single cheek cell or onion cell.