Compound – when a scope has a minimum to two magnifying lenses.
Binocular – two eyepieces.
Monocular – one eyepiece.
Stereoscopic (dissecting) microscope – a microscope with relatively low magnification that is good for viewing large, thick objects.
Transmitted light – light passing through an object, used by many types of microscopes.
Reflected or incident light – light directed down on an object, used by dissecting scopes.
Magnification – the ratio of the image size to the actual size; apparent enlargement of an object.
Resolution - the ability of a microscope to distinguish between two very close points.
Electron microscope – microscope that uses electrons as a source of illumination.