Specialty microscopes provide options beyond what a standard microscope can offer. An inverted microscope has a long working distance suitable for use with culture vessels such as flasks and petri dishes. The light source and condenser are on the top of the inverted microscope. This placement on the inverted microscope allows for viewing living cells in a container instead of transferring the specimen to a slide. Metallurgical microscopes illuminate the specimen through the objective lens, which is ideal for specimens that don’t transmit light. This type of specialty microscope can be used for metals, plastics, ceramics, paint, glass, crystals, and semiconductor components.