Magnification, Resolution and Illumination. Cell Biology: Magnification and Illumination. Let's take a look at the secret life inside our cells. How large are cells?. Let's put things into perspective. Size is relative…. Is magnification all that matters?Magnification versus Resolution.
Let's put things into perspective....
Normal maximum magnifications of ocular and objective lenses are 10X and 100X respectively, giving overall maximal magnification of X 1000
These techniques modify the light path to generate improved contrast: