Stunning images from the 2014 Nikon Small World Competition


Every year Nikon holds a global competition to find the greatest work in photomicrography. Since 1975 they’ve encouraged professionals and enthusiasts alike to submit their work to show off the natural beauty that few ever see.

This year brought over 1200 entries from 79 countries around the world. Submissions featured everything from brine shrimp, jumping spider eyes and caterpillar legs to bovine pulmonary arteries, cricket tongues and the circuitry of a DVD reader. Each one shows a unique perspective of the world that can only be seen through microscopy. Check out the full gallery of 2014’s winners and honorable mentions at Nikon Small World

If you’re reading this, chances are you have more than a casual interest in the field. We at North Central Instruments encourage everyone to participate in the public submission. Not feeling up to the challenge? You’ve got plenty of time. The next deadline for submissions is April 30th 2015.

It’s time to jump in at start exploring the world that only microscopy gives us access to. For complete details on the Small World contest. Check out.

Nobel Chemistry Winners Open Window into Living Cells

The 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry has gone to three physicists who together have given us a clearer view of the smallest structures of living cells.

Awarded on October 8th to Eric Betzig, 54, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia; Stefan W. Hell, 51, of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany; and William E. Moerner, 61, of Stanford University in California, the prize celebrates their process for improved microscope imaging.
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Buying a Microscope: What you need to know


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,

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.

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.

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.

Welcome to our Blog – Discover The Latest Microscopy News


Welcome to the North Central microscopy blog. Here we’ll be featuring the most current and useful information about microscopes, accessories, research tools, histology and many more things you might be curious about.

It’s our mission to make you familiar with the world of microscopy, raise your awareness of microscope solutions available on the market today. As an experienced microscopy, imaging and histology solutions provider, North Central Instruments does not only offer industry leading solutions, but we’re committed to help you choose the best microscope for your specific needs.

Here you be able to see the major types of microscopes, learn the differences between them and their related applications. Whether you are a microscopy expert, or just familiarizing yourself with the world of microscopes, digital cameras or related products, you will definitely find our blog useful and informative.

Stay tuned for the best tips, latest news and the most useful ideas North Central Instruments has prepared for you.