How is the maximum power of magnification computed for a compound light microscope?

Dec 19, 2016

The maximum power of magnification for a compound light microscope is about 2500X.

Explanation:

The power of magnification for a compound light microscope is the product of the power of magnification of the ocular lens and the power of magnification of the objective lens.

$\text{Total magnification" = "ocular magnification" × "objective magnification}$

(From AmScope.com)

Thus, if you have a good microscope with a 25X ocular lens and a 100X objective lens, the total magnification is 2500X.