### Resolution vs. Magnification

Magnification is simply the number of times an image's
size is enlarged where size is measured in the degrees of an angle formed
by lines running from either end of the image to the vertex at the observer's
eye - link to illustration. In practice
this simply means that if we view a 1cm line at 2x it appears to us as a
2cm line.

Resolution is a measurement of how well the smallest details
of an image can be discerned. Magnification beyond the resolving power of
an optical system is empty magnification. This is often encountered with
extremely cheap microscopes like those bought at a toy store. On the other
hand a certain level of magnification is necessary to see the details resolvable
in a given image.

- Link to illustration of empty magnification
- Link to illustration of appropriate magnification

Our microscopes are designed so that the total magnification
resulting for any choice of objective, perfectly matches the resolving power
of the optical system.

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