We all can remember days in school when teachers in science class made us use microscopes. It was fascinating looking at things closely. However, telescopes are no different, especially for people who want to explore our Universe. Both of them have one thing in common; they are both used to view object and things up close. Their initial use was in the 17th century, and utilization of convex and concave mirrors and lenses haven’t changed much in the past couple of centuries. While the similarities in the materials remain the same, as well as their purpose, the advancement of technology has increased their ability.
Nowadays, microscopes and telescopes have evolved into computer versions, and we no longer have to rely on our eyes, as the primary tool. Now users can manipulate the change the scopes and view the image on the computer. This provides more accurate data and simplicity in work. The scientists are able to operate the imaging process, as well as the search process. With the help of computers and various programs, we can see distant objects a couple of galaxies away. The same rule applies to microscopes.
Besides apparent reasons in size and materials, there are a couple of differences between microscopes and telescopes. They mainly differ in the manner in which they produce the images. For example, microscopes provide a detailed image of the object immediately. On the other hand, with the use of telescopes, it takes some time to find the objects in the sky.
Even though, both instruments magnify the objects so that human eye can see them, a microscope looks at things very near, while telescope views things very far away. This difference in purpose explains their difference in design and size. In this case, microscopes are used in smaller rooms like laboratories, while telescopes are used in observatories.
Looking at all similarities and differences, many people say that these two are the two sides of the same coin. Depending on the purpose, they are used in various fields and scientific establishments to provide accurate results.