Resolution vs Visibility Through the Microscope
The resolution of objects viewed through the light microscope is a calculated value based on configuration of the microscope.
Visibility is a function of contrast. To take advantage of resolution there must be sufficient contrast to see the subject
but objects far below the resolution limit of a specific microscope configuration can be made visible with sufficient
contrast. This is the same phenomena that allows us to see the stars in the night sky, all of which are far below the
resolution limit of our eyes. A few examples through the microscope are provided below showing methods of improving the
resolution and/or visibility of objects viewed through the "standard" light microscope. Click on the photographs below for