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Any tips for microscope identification use?

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Hello all. I have a student grade microscope, nothing fancy, just want to use it to view crystal structure. However, I can't figure out how to see crystals effectively, especially denser minerals that light doesn't shine through. If you have any tips for lighting or anything else, let me know! Please and thank you!
asked Dec 17, 2018 by linkisnotzelda (5,370 points)

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Microscopic examination of crystal lattice is really beyond most people in the rock humting worlt. I've used it to see layers in agates and it is used in photography. I have also seen it used for identifying jewels for jewelers. Many samples are just too large to use the average microscope effectively.

Of course many of the slides of meteorites have been made by slicing thin layers away and they examine those with a microscope.
answered Jan 16, 2019 by Weasel (58,280 points)