disecting microscope

Used for seeing the outside of large things. Specimens CAN be alive, you cant see cells.

compound light microscope

Used for seeing small thing specimens. Can also look at living things that are ALIVE. You don't always have to kill it. They can see individual cells

scanning electron microscope

Looks at the outside of small things. For example, the ye of an ant or the individual strand of hair on a bumble bee. These are ocmputer-generated images and specimens have to be dead.

Transition Electron Microscope

Strongest microscope. Used to see individual cells. Computer generated images since our eyes cannot see it on its own. The specimen has to be dead . Has the highest magnification.