A detachable mechanical stage is a laboratory instrument used in microscopy to hold and move specimens on a microscope slide. It consists of a platform that can be detached from the microscope stage and moved in two perpendicular directions using mechanical controls. This allows for precise positioning of the specimen under the microscope objective for examination and analysis.
The mechanical stage typically includes a vernier scale or other measuring device to aid in accurate placement of the specimen. The detachable feature of this stage makes it easy to remove and clean or replace, allowing for efficient use in laboratory settings.