I just got the Amscope M102C microscope, and it is the first microscope I've operated. I decided to try to look at a fly leg at 40x magnification, but all I could see were the blobs in your eye you get from looking at something bright, as well as a few dots that appear to be on the lens. I tried focusing, cleaning (even though it was fresh out of its package), but I still couldn't see anything. It's so blurry I can't even make out any shapes. Could I please have some help?

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    $\begingroup$ 40X is almost certainly an immersion objective, this type of objective isn't meant for looking at things like fly legs, it is meant for looking at tissues and cells. You are probably looking for a dissecting microscope. Hopefully your microscope came with some instructions. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jul 10 '17 at 22:38
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    $\begingroup$ Any 40X objective I've used is not an immersion lens. Furthermore, 40X magnification implies 4X objective and 10X ocular. But, yes, a dissecting microscope should be used for this application. Compound microscopes are not ideal for looking at thick, 3D objects. $\endgroup$ – canadianer Jul 10 '17 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ There are YouTube videos that will take you step-by-step through the process. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Jul 11 '17 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ @canadianer Right you are - when I read the post at first I read it as the 40x objective rather than the full magnification. My mistake. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jul 11 '17 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ @canadianer err same mistake :P $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Jul 11 '17 at 19:36

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