A magnifying instrument which uses two types of lens to magnify an object with different zoom levels of magnification is called a compound microscope. It consists of two types of lenses viz the objective lens which creates a resolved image and the eyepiece lens which magnifies the object.
A magnifying instrument which uses only one lens to magnify objects is called Simple microscope. Some examples simple microscope are jewelry eyepieces, reading glasses, and pocket magnifiers.
Difference Between Simple and Compound Microscope
|Characteristics||Simple Microscope||Compound Microscope|
|Number of lenses||One to magnify objects||3-5 to magnify objects|
|Mirror type||Concave reflecting||One side is plain and the other side is concave|
|Level of magnification||One level only||Higher level|
|Up to 300X||2,000X|
|Used||At basic level||By professional for research purpose|