Introduction to Microscope Maintenance and Use

25th & 26th March 2019 – Introduction to Microscope Maintenance and Use – 09:00 -16:00 at NESCOL

2 day course will include;

  • Introduction to using microscopes – parts of a microscope and their function.
  • Handling, mounting and care of prepared slides
  • Viewing prepared slides – focussing, locating sample, magnifications and fault finding
  • Inserting and calibrating an eye piece graticule.
  • Preparation and viewing of plant, animal and microbial slides using simple, appropriate staining including oil immersion techniques
  • Dismantling microscopes
  • Cleaning the optical components
  • Cleaning & lubricating coarse focus mechanism
  • Re-assembly and adjustment of mechanical parts
  • Replacement of bulbs and fuses
  • Testing the microscope after servicing


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding related to the routine maintenance and proper use of school microscopes.
  • Identify and use the correct procedures to prepare microscope slides in carrying out simple biological investigations.

Link to book is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-microscope-maintenance-and-use-registration-54844615722