“The old microscopes were tricky for students to use; it was hard for them to find objects on their own,” said Schuessler. “Now, they will be able to work independently and make their own discoveries, without a teacher walking around, adjusting their specimen and showing them what they are supposed to be seeing.”

Schuessler explained that the CxL microscopes offer three major upgrades that will make the learning process more enriching and rewarding for both students and teachers:
  • The new microscopes are much more user-friendly because the eyepiece is binocular instead of monocular. This allows users to observe an image through two eyepieces in stereo vision, which will help reduce fatigue and discomfort during the observation process.
  • Lenses (and the quality of the lenses) are one of the most important parts of a microscope, as they are responsible for image formation and quality as well as specimen magnification and resolution. The high-quality lenses used in the CxL microscopes will offer nicer optics, finer details and better fields of view.
  • The CxL microscopes also have an upgraded mechanical stage (where the specimen is placed for observation). The stage is controlled by dials, instead of the user’s fingers, to physically move the specimen into view. The dials will help students find objects easier, as little adjustments are hard to make manually.

The ease of use and the upgraded quality and features of the new microscopes will likely lead to an increase in microscopy labs at the high school. The students will have new opportunities to study bacteria, protists, human tissues and chromosomes, genes, plant anatomy and other tiny specimens and to make more sophisticated observations.