Does a compound microscope have a ton of lenses?



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    A compound microscope does have a bunch of lenses.  The first is the eyepiece lens at the top that is typical of all microscopes.  Then, there are the objective lenses.  There are 3-4 of them of increasing magnification so that, combined with the eyepiece lens which is usually around 10x or 15x magnification, you can see the object even larger.  Then, the condensor lens focuses light onto the specimen.  In all, there are about 5-6 lenses on a compound microscope.  Stereo microscopes is another common type of microscope (usually in science class you have to choose between these two depending on your specimen) and also has many lenses; it’s not just the compound.

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