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Rights: Magnifying glass Image licensed through 123RF Ltd Leeuwenhoek’s microscope courtesy of Jeroen Rouwkema Creative Commons ShareAlike 3.0 and GNU Free Documentation Licence Modern microscope image courtesy of Dolbunov GNU Free Documentation Licence Published 29 February 2012 Size: 210 KB

Microscopes use a lens or lenses to magnify objects. A magnifying glass, van Leeuwenhoek’s simple microscope and a modern stereomicroscope are all forms of microscope.