Compound light Microscope

Vacker Africa has been supplying various kinds of measuring instruments and products for the past many years in the region of Africa. It is through our high-quality products we have been able to win the trust of our customers throughout the region. Out of thousands in-line products, our microscopes, precisely our compound light microscope is one of the highly demanded products. Our compound light microscope has been used in schools, laboratories, industrial plants, research centers and various other places. Our products can be found in major cities of various countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Chad, Rwanda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Congo and many more.

Compound Light Microscope

Compound light microscopes are those types of microscopes which generally have more than one lens in them. They also do not require an outer source of light as they have their own source of light. The objective lenses are found in the form of rotating nosepiece near the specimen to be observed while the binocular eyepieces contain the ocular lenses.

History of Compound Light Microscope

It was the year of 1595 when famous scientist Zacharias Dansen introduced first ever light microscope. Although the microscope had only 9 x magnifications power it became the base for the compound light microscope that was to be developed in the years to come. With each passing time, we have witnessed the development of compound light microscope and taking great strides. Today we can find microscopes which have a magnifying capacity of 1000 x to 2000 x. It certainly shows that compound microscope has come a long way since its beginning.

Bright Field Microscope

Vacker Africa is a leading supplier of Bright Field Microscopes in the major countries of Africa. Many people seem to be confused with bright field microscope and compound light microscope. The compound light microscope is also a type of bright light microscope. Since compound light microscope has the light source of their own near the base they are also thought to be bright field microscope. All types of compound light microscopes are bright field microscopes but not all bright field microscopes are compound light microscopes.

In a bright field microscope, the source of light is below the specimen to be viewed and the specimen is viewed from above.


To get the exact magnification produced the user needs to know how the magnification of the compound light microscope works. If the user takes lens of 40x power for the object lens and 10x lens for eyepiece then the total magnification obtained from the microscope is ’40x X 10x = 400x’. The magnification obtained can be calculated likewise for lenses of other capacities as well.


Apart from magnification another factor to have a clear view of the specimen is the resolution. The capacity of the lens to separate objects close together and give a better picture is known as resolution. The resolution of the microscope is affected by two main factors optical quality and the wavelength of the light used the latter being more vital. To gain better resolution the user should tend to use light with a shorter wavelength. This helps the user gain a better image of the specimen to be observed. To inquire or purchase Vacker Africa’s products or microscopes, feel free to get in touch with us.