Federation of Southern African Gem and Mineralogical Societies.
Federasie van Suider-Afrikaanse Siersteen en Mineralogies Verenigings.
Micromounting is a part of the mineral collecting hobby in which tiny (micro) crystals of minerals are collected and mounted in small boxes in such a way that they can be viewed under low magnification through a stereomicroscope.
A stereo microscope is not, as may be supposed, an instrument which produces beautiful music, but rather a microscope through which objects can be seen in three dimensions, i.e. stereoscopically, just as through the human eye, only larger, and in more detail.
Paradoxically, this is only possible using low magnification.
In microscopy, (the science dealing with everything regarding microscopes), low power means anything less than 100X magnification. Medium power means anything between 100X and 500X magnification, and anything higher than 500 X magnification is regarded as high power. Just as a matter of interest, the magnification most commonly used in micromounting is between 10X and 30X.
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