USING YOUR MICROSCOPE
Before you beginyourventure into the world ofliving things, you will
need oneimportantskill; you will need to know how tooperateyourmicro-
scope quickly and correctly.
No matterhow inexpensive, a compoundmicroscopeusually looks like
the one shown in theillustrationbelow.
Learnthe importantpartsofthe microscopeand the use ofeach part
before you try to viewsomethingthatis almostor completely invisible toyour
naked eye. Itis a good idea to refer to theillustrationas you readthese
and supportingits weightunderthebasewithyourotherhand. Set itdown
gently on a firm table topneara window, if possible. Ifthatis notpossible,
use itnearan electric light.
When you are ready tooperateyourmicroscope,align (getintoa straight
line) the low power objective with the tube. When it's aligned,you'llhearit