It is important to know how to clean objective lenses because dirt and residue on the surface of objective lenses and filters can degrade image quality. This tip describes how to inspect lenses and filters for dirt and how to clean them properly with solvent so that these expensive components will not be damaged in the process.
Kurt Thorn is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF and Director of the Nikon Imaging Center – a facility that provides cutting edge light microscopy equipment to UCSF researchers. Kurt can be followed on his blog at http://nic.ucsf.edu/blog/. Continue Reading