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How to Buy a Microscope
Kathy Brasch October 14, 2016 MicroscopesTags buy microscope, purchase microscope
How to buy a microscope
Microscopes are one of the most important apparatus used to carry on various researches in different fields. So when it comes to buying a microscope, the most important factor that needs to be kept in mind is the purpose of microscope. Though all microscopes have similar functions i.e. magnifying the micro organisms or particles but yet there is a huge difference between the purpose of a jeweler and a biologist using microscope. Buying the right kind of microscope is very important to carry out the experiments properly.

Many factors should be kept in mind while buying the right microscope. The component of the microscope plays an important role when we plan to buy a microscope. Let’s talk about some features that we need to keep in mind while buying a microscope as before buying complete awareness is very important.

Microscope Optics
Microscope Lens

Coming to the microscope lens, it is a very important and deciding factor when one plans to buy microscope. With the help of the lens one can adjust the magnification. Various microscopes come with different eyepieces with varied magnification depending on the purpose. The microscopes have also an option of one or more than one eye pieces. Microscope with one eye piece is commonly known as monocular microscope. These are beneficial for children as it has option to adjust the image distance for clarity. A binocular microscope has two eyepieces hence giving a better view of the specimen. If you use microscope all day long you should choose binoculars because it will more convenient to use it. Trinocular microscope is not widely used; it has 3 eyepieces which facilitates 2 people to see the specimen at the same time. Also a camera can be put up on the third eyepiece in order to record the view of the specimen.

DIN Achromatic Glass objectives

Be relaxed with DIN Archromatic glass objective. DIN stands for “Deutsche Industrie Norm’. It is an international type of microscope objective lenses. It would be wise to purchase a microscope which adheres to the DIN standards. By choosing these lenses you can be assured in case of any loss and damage to your objective lens, so that you can replace it with a lens from any microscope company globally.


Microscope Resolution

It is important to know that microscope resolution comes from the objective lenses not from the eyepieces. Eyepiece only magnifies the resolution that is already given by the objective lenses. So, it is better to consider objectives for good resolution.

Microscope Lighting

Another important factor before buying a microscope is lighting. A good microscope must have built-in light. It consists of either a halogen or tungsten, fluorescent bulb. Microscopes having fluorescent bulbs are mostly expensive, as light produces less amount of heat and is brighter. If you need a microscope for prolonged usage, use electric light which is convenient and useful. Here is the brief description about different microscope lighting.

Tungsten: If you don’t want to spend much, you can go for tungsten light microscope bulb. When an electric charge is put through tungsten filaments they glow with light. Tungsten produces yellowish light which affects the color accuracy of the specimen. These are not costly to manufacture and install.

Fluorescent: These lights are cheap to purchase but costly to operate. Fluorescent light’s one amazing feature is that fluorescent bulbs produce less heat. The light that appears is more like the sunlight. With this white light objects look more real as they do in nature.

Halogen: Halogen is primarily seen in medical and research microscopes. They produce bright white light and are preferred on lab and medical instruments. And if you are planning to buy a binocular, halogen is preferred because of its bright light.

Microscope focus

The focus system is an important factor of microscope for better clarity. A good microscope focus is needed to observe into focal plane of the objective lenses. There are one or two knobs and are coarse, fine and slip clutch.

Build Quality of Microscope

Other deciding factor in buying the right microscope is the body parts of a microscope which help to study the specimen better. Illumination is an important factor as the light falling on the specimen is very important while studying it. The build quality of the microscope is very important because if the build is fragile then there are can be chances of breakage. Also carrying it from one place to another can be problematic. Other parts like Iris Diaphragm, Abbe condenser and mechanical stage etc also play important role in deciding to buy microscope.

Microscopes have a huge variety and the price varies to a huge extent. It’s not necessary that a highly priced microscope is definitely better. Since a huge number of purposes are served by various microscopes, the price varies on the specifications. Hence it is advisable to know your requirements thoroughly so that you spend judiciously. Also one should keep in mind after sales services, shipping costs etc to make the experience of buying microscope better.

Now that you are aware of the things you should see while buying a microscope, we recommend you to look out for the microscopes you wish to buy on, Click here or call us at 1-800-851-7635

Author: Kathy Brasch
In 1985 she joined Lab Star Incorporated as the Office Manager. Lab Star eventually merged with National Microscope Exchange, where she continued on with many of the same duties. Tasks included overseeing Accounts Payable and Receivable, Shipping and Receiving and Sales of microscopes and refractometers. She is also the main Customer Service Representative, helping clients determine what needs to be done with their equipment in either repairs or sales. Her background as a Laboratory Technician gives her a unique insight when working with clients. Kathy Brasch is currently the Vice President and Treasurer for National Microscope Exchange, Inc., based in Carnation, Washington. She enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her grandson View all posts by Kathy Brasch

Kathy Brasch October 14, 2016 MicroscopesTags buy microscope, purchase microscope
1 thought on “How to Buy a Microscope”
Fuad says:
October 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm
Hello! Do You have Microscope Polam R 112 and price please Thanks!

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