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What can be seen with a light microscope?

1 Answer
Apr 27, 2016


The light microscope can give a final magnification of 1,000X that seen with the naked eye. The smallest bacteria can't be seen with that magnification.


You can see most bacteria and some organelles like mitochondria plus the human egg.

You can not see the very smallest bacteria, viruses, macromolecules, ribosomes, proteins, and of course atoms.