Magnification is the process of enlarging or magnifying the apparent size of an object or specimen, but not the physical size. This means an object appears bigger when being looked at through the lens of a magnifying instrument, for example a magnifying glass or microscope.
The enlargement is calculated using numbers and measured in multiples. For instance, it can be measured in 2x, 4x or 10x – this indicates the object is enlarged to twice as big, four times as big or 10 times as big.
Not only does magnifying equipment make objects appear bigger, it also increases the amount of detail that can be seen, which is known as the resolution. Thanks to their ability to increase the amount of detail that can be seen through the human eye, magnifiers are one of the most widely used tools in the science industry.
Magnification equipment is classified within the category of test and measurement equipment, and is used across various industries and applications to measure and analyse components. These include:
Any form of testing, measuring and monitoring is vital, and this includes magnifying. Precise measurement is essential because any errors can prove costly, and so trusted measurement means manufacturers save time and money, as well as improve the quality of their products.
We have a wide variety of magnification equipment available, all of which is designed for different uses and environments. Some of these are listed below: