How to Choose a Microscope

by Andy on January 21, 2008

Binocular Microscope If you’re out to buy a microscope and are confused, you’re not alone. There are many different types of microscopes out there to choose from, but I believe the easiest way to narrow down your choices is by determining what you are going to use the microscope for. For example, if you’re going to need a microscope with very high magnification to study the internal structure of cells, you’ll probably want a compound microscope. On the other hand, if you want a microscope to examine parts on a circuit board, you will benefit the most from a stereo microscope.

The main difference between compound and stereo microscopes are the images. A compound microscope shows a two dimensional image, while a stereo microscope shows a three dimensional image.

Lighting choices are also important when choosing your microscope. There are many options, but here are a few of the most popular:

Dimmable LED Ring Light: This choice prevents glare and reflections; it’s also ideal for inspecting defects and surface cracks.

Fiber Optic Illuminator with Dual Point Light: The benefit of this light is that it provides intense, shadow-free illumination, and each wand has an adjustable lens focus to allow you to choose the size of your light stream.

All-Spec Industries also carries microscopes that can be used for video inspection. These microscopes will allow you to view real-time images on a television screen.

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