a low-magnification stereomicroscope used especially in examining or dissecting biological specimens
A few features common among all dissecting microscopes:
- Dissecting microscopes have working room on the stage. There is room to place larger objects such as rocks or nuts and bolts. In order words, the microscopy sample does not need to be on a microscope slide.
- Dissecting microscopes use light from above the stage, making it possible to view opaque objects. Some dissecting microscopes also have light beneath the stage, but not always.
- Dissecting microscopes provide low magnification (usually 10x – 40x is a common range) and they are used to view detail in objects you can already see with the naked eye. Blood cells are not viewed with a dissecting microscope,