Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Advanced Optical Solutions For Scientists

Scientists need to be equipped with the latest equipment that's optimized for doing research and development. Precision is critical in any lab setting, and that's why the right type of instruments must be used for taking measurements and other investigations.

In science and technology, microscopic specimens are often investigated. Traditional microscopes are actually not convenient when used for extended periods of time. For example, only one eye can be used to look at slides under a microscope. Additionally, scientists must lean forward when examining specimens on slides.

The leaning positions can create strains on the neck, shoulders and other body parts. Fortunately, there are modern solutions that are much more convenient than microscopes. Contemporary optical equipment can be used to remotely view microscopic slides. Video recording devices are equipped with advanced lenses and optical systems that can find powerful zooming capabilities. The slides and specimens can be recorded and viewed in real time on a large monitor rather than the small traditional eyepiece. Additionally, there is no need to manually adjust the nose pieces and objectives of video measurement systems. Remote controls and computers are used to fully adjust all of the settings of a modern optical system used for measurements and analysis.

There is a tremendous advantage of using a single monitor to display the views of a microscopic slide. For example, a professor can share the analysis with an entire classroom full students. A single optical device essentially educates a room full of people. Traditionally, lab settings have been furnished with dozens of microscopes for the use of students and professionals.

Sometimes, it may be desirable to look directly at a specimen through eyepieces. Modern binocular style microscopes are convenient and easy to use. Both eyes can be used to view slides through these advanced optical devices. There are also trinocular optical systems that consist of eyepieces and a single camera recorder.

A scientist can compare his or her own findings with the results that are captured on high definition video. When making measurements on a microscopic scale, it's a good idea to trust the automatic approximations made by digital systems. For example, measurements can be done on the scale of millimeters, micrometers and nanometers. With the naked eye, it's nearly impossible to make such measurement distinctions on a microscopic slide. Organisms and synthetic materials must be precisely measured when research and development is conducted for professional use.

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