Microscopes

The type of Microscope you choose depends on what you are wanting to view.  

Broadly microscopes can be divided into two categories:

  • Biological ( also known as Compound or high powered ) for viewing the "invisible" things like blood cells, amoebas and bacteria. 
  • Stereo ( also known as Dissecting or low powered)  for viewing specimens such as coins, stamps, insects, fabric weaves, insect wings, soil and tiny electrical components.  

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    Saxon - Kids - ScienceSmart Biological Microscope 40x-400x
    Saxon - Kids - ScienceSmart Biological Microscope 40x-400x  (311001)
    The perfect beginner's biological microscope. This microscope features a built-in light and has three powerful magnification...
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    Euromex Novex Junior LED Microscope 40x - 400x (81.500)
    Euromex Novex Junior LED Microscope 40x - 400x (81.500)
    The Euromex Novex Junior Microscope with LED illumination and rechargeable batteries is a perfect biological microscope...
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    Carson zPix300 Zoom 86-457x USB digital microscope (mm940)
    Carson zPix300 Zoom 86-457x USB digital microscope (mm940)
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    Euromex MicroBlue Monocular Compound 40x, 100x, 400x Microscope (MB.1051)
    Euromex MicroBlue Monocular Compound 40x
    With 40-400X magnification for such a low price the MicroBule monocular microscope with robust construction and...
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    saxon ScienceSmart Biological Microscope 40x-640x (311003)
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    saxon ScienceSmart Biological Microscope 40x-640x (311003)
    An ideal student and teachers microscope, the saxon ScienceSmart Biological Microscope 40x-640x (SBM) makes observing specimen easy and straightforward....
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    Saxon SS TKM Biological Digital Microscope 60x-960x Zoom
    Saxon  SS TKM Biological Digital Microscope 60x-960x Zoom
    The saxon TKM ScienceSmart Biological Digital Microscope Kit is the picture perfect gift for scientists of...
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    Euromex MicroBlue Binocular Compound 40x,100x, 400x, 1000x Microscope
    Euromex  MicroBlue Binocular Compound 40x
    With up to 1000x magnification the MicroBlue Binocular Compound Microscope gives the very best in optics...
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    Saxon PBM Prodigy II Biological Microscope 40x-1600x (311006)
    Saxon PBM Prodigy II Biological Microscope 40x-1600x  (311006)
    If you're looking for a moderate microscope with the bells and whisltes, look no further than...
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    Saxon Researcher Compact Biological Microscope 40x-1600x (311008)
    Saxon Researcher Compact Biological Microscope 40x-1600x  (311008)
    If you spend a great deal of time on biological research for academic or lab analysis...
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    Saxon RBT Researcher Biological Microscope 40x-1600x (311009)
    Saxon  RBT Researcher Biological Microscope 40x-1600x  (311009)
    For serious microscopy work, look no further than the saxon RBT Researcher Biological Microscope. This beast...
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    Carson 20x Microscope w/ Phone Adapter (mm380)
    Carson 20x Microscope w/ Phone Adapter (mm380)
    Carson 20x Microscope w/ Phone Adapter Description The MicroMini Hookupz is a 20x microscope with a...
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    Saxon ScienceSmart Stereo Microscope 20X ( 312101)
    Saxon ScienceSmart Stereo Microscope 20X  ( 312101)
    A great beginner Stereo Microscope with 20x magnification - The perfect microscope for the aspiring scientist...
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    Carson zOrb Digital USB Microscope 35x (mm480)
    Carson zOrb Digital USB Microscope 35x (mm480)
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    Saxon PSB X1-3 Deluxe Stereo Microscope 10x - 30x (312004)
    Saxon PSB X1-3 Deluxe Stereo Microscope 10x - 30x (312004)
    The saxon PSB X1-3 Deluxe Stereo Microscope is a great combination of affordability and reliability. Featuring...
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    Saxon PSB X2-4 Deluxe Stereo Microscope 20x - 40x (312007)
    Saxon PSB X2-4 Deluxe Stereo Microscope 20x - 40x  (312007)
    The saxon PSB X2-4 Deluxe Stereo Microscope is a good entry-level stereo microscope that's ideal for...
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    Carson MicroBrite 20-40x Zoom Microscope (mm24)
    Carson MicroBrite 20-40x  Zoom Microscope (mm24)
    The Carson MicroBrite is a 20x-40x zoom pocket microscope. Super-bright LED light illuminates your viewing subject...
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    Carson PocketMicro 20-60x Microscope LED Zoom (mm450)
    Carson PocketMicro 20-60x Microscope LED Zoom (mm450)
    Powerful 20-60x power pocket microscope with an extremely lightweight and portable design. This pocket microscope features a...
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    Carson 60-120x Microscope with LED (mm300)
    Carson  60-120x Microscope with LED (mm300)
    The Carson MicroBrite Plus is a powerful 60-120x power pocket microscope with an extremely lightweight and...
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    Euromex EduBlue Stereo Microscope 10x/20x/40x, Rack and Pinion Stand (ED.1802-S)
    Euromex EduBlue Stereo Microscope 10x/20x/40x
    The outstanding optical performance of the ergonomic Euromex BlueLine stereo microscope enables long productive working sessions...
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    Saxon RST Researcher Stereo Microscope 10x-40x (312010)
    Saxon RST Researcher Stereo Microscope 10x-40x  (312010)
    Quality, commercial grade stereo microscope. The saxon RST Researcher Stereo Microscope is a solid stereo microscope...
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    Euromex NexiusZoom Binocular Stereo Zoom Microscope (NZ.1902-P)
    Euromex NexiusZoom Binocular Stereo Zoom Microscope (NZ.1902-P)
    Get amazing optical quality for a great price with this high-level binocular microscope with Zoom magnification...
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    Carson eFlex 75-300x Digital LED Microscope (mm840)
    Carson eFlex 75-300x Digital LED Microscope (mm840)
    Carson eFlex 75-300x Digital LED microscope with flexible neck stand and base. Description The Carson MM-840...
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    Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 10x-160x (314220)
    Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 10x-160x  (314220)
    The Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 10x-160x is a high-powered gemological microscope suitable for studying miniscule stones...
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    Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 20x-40x (314007)
    Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 20x-40x  (314007)
    If you are into the study of gems and stones, the Saxon GSM Gemological Microscope 20x-40x...
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    Not sure what to buy?

    Not sure what type of Microscope to buy? Check out our guide for helpful information to assist with your selection.

    How to Buy Microscope Guide
    Micoscope Types
    1. Biological/Compound

    Compound microscopes sometimes known as biological microscopes refers to the optical system that produces the high magnifications typically in the range of 40X to 400X although they can go much higher than this. The light travels in a single path from the light source to the eyepiece—even if a binocular head is being used—causing images to appear two-dimensional. 

    Because it contains its own light source in its base, a compound light microscope is also considered a bright field microscope.

    Bright field microscopy simply means that the specimen is lit from below and viewed from above.

    With bright field illumination, the sample’s contrast comes from its absorption of the light, as opposed to dark field illumination where the contrast comes from the sample scattering the light.

    Biological microscopes are most popular as one can see the truly "invisible" things like blood cells, amoebas and bacteria

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    2. Digital

    Digital microscopes are a great way to take pictures and videos of your specimen. Some biological microscopes come with attached LCD screen so you can do some digital imaging and observe the specimen at the same time; while some other microscopes come with a separate digital camera where you'll need to attach it to the microscope an computer.

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    3. Stereo

    These are low-power devices with two eyepieces that are used primarily for inspection purposes. They tend to stay in the 10-40x range to observe details in larger solid specimens like fossils, stamps, coins, or circuit boards. Unlike a Compound Microscope, the Stereo Microscope most commonly uses light from a top-mounted source to illuminate the sample or subject—as opposed to being lit from below and through the sample as with a compound microscope. Two independent, or stereo, light paths produce a true three-dimensional image when you look through the binocular head. This provides a depth to images and gives the user better resolution and perspective over a compound microscope that produces two-dimensional images due to its single-light path system.

    The anatomy of the Stereo is virtually identical to the Compound, except for some key differences.

    The stereo microscope will have a pair of objectives of the same power. This is in order to obtain the two independent light paths.Because of the typical usage of this type of microscope, the images will be corrected—so moving the specimen left will move the image left, and moving it forward will move the image forward.
     Most will have a built-in or attached light source on the top, since specimens will normally be solid; although some models have a lower light source. Lower-end models might not have a light source and users will have to rely on external lights for illumination.
     Often the entire Nosepiece/Head optical system can be adjusted up and down for proper placement relative to the specimen, with travels up to several inches. Many models will have the stage built into the base for better specimen stability. The part that the optical system is mounted on is called the Pillar and there will be a locking mechanism to hold the optical system at the desired height.

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    4. Gemological

    Gemological microscopes are often used to look at the cut and colour of gems, stones and jewels. Gem Microscopes usually comes with a darkfield condenser and a set of jewel clamp with illumination coming from the top and bottom of a microscope. This often will help determine the outlook of the stone's surface and interior's condition.

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    Microscope Usage
    1. Viewing Cellular Structures

    Biological microscopes for viewing cellular structures

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    2. Viewing Large Specimens

    Stereo microscopes for viewing larger specimens.

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