Buying a Microscope: What you need to know

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A lot of questions can arise when shopping for microscopes. Materials, lighting, lenses…These all determine what makes the best product for your purposes. Let this be an into to the basics to get you started.

Binocular and Monocular
When choosing between different types of microscopes, you will ask yourself, “What is better, binocular or monocular?” The answers will vary depending on your needs and budget. Binocular gives you more comfortable viewing for several hours at a time. If you need a microscope for children or students in brief sessions monocular may be a more cost effective choice,

Magnification
People often buy microscopes with too high magnification for their needs and can’t get the results they’re looking for. As a reference point, human blood cells are visible at x500 magnification. Depending on your requirements you may need even x1000 microscope, but x500 is usually enough for the majority of users.

Lighting
If a microscope has a built-in light, it uses either a fluorescent, tungsten or halogen bulb. Microscopes with fluorescent bulbs are usually the most expensive, however the light is brighter and produces less heat. Using an electric light on your scope is very convenient and useful, especially if you need a microscope for prolonged use.

Materials
If a microscope is made of plastic, don’t expect it to serve you for ages. When choosing a microscope, look for a sturdy metal alloy frame. It may be a bit more expensive, but it will stand up much better to consistent use. However, if you need to buy a microscope to be used by children, students, monocular microscope will be a better fit. In addition, it costs less in comparison to binocular.

These are just a few aspects to keep in mind when shopping for your ideal microscope. Check out our current specials, and complete product catalog to find the microscope that’s right for you.