Stereo microscopes, also known as dissecting and low power microscopes, are used to examine any specimen that is not mounted on a slide (although many slide mounted specimens can be observed). They are particularly useful for examining unprepared specimens that are not thin and are ‘lumpy’ such as insects, plants, geological specimens, fossils, industrial parts, PCB’s, coins, archaeological artefacts, pond life, invertebrates, zoological specimens, embryos, forensic samples, textiles etc. Long working distance versions are ideal for working under. Here you will find the largest choice of stereo/dissecting microscopes in Europe.
Supplementary ILLUMINATION such as fibre optic goosenecks or LED ringlights are often used with a stereo microscope – see HERE for our extensive range
|Single Magnification Stereomicroscopes|
The simplest and lowest cost stereomicroscope with magnifications of 10x or 20x. Extra objectives or eyepieces can extend these magnifications.
Good for routine and repetitive checking of samples at one magnification. Most have some built in illumination.
|Dual Magnification Stereomicroscopes|
These microscopes have a rotating objective to select the magnification- usually either 10x and 30x or 20x and 40x (some have three magnifications).
These are less expensive than zoom stereomicroscopes and are a good option when only a limited number of magnifications are required.
Most of these microscopes are supplied on pillar or track type stands with built in illumination.
|Long Working Distance Stereomicroscopes|
The long working distance stereomicroscopes are designed for users to be able to work underneath. The long working distance means that there is plenty of room to access the sample. These are all single magnification stereomicroscopes on boom arm type stands with built in illumination.
These have a working distance up to 230mm.
Ideal for PCB repair type work!
|Zoom Stereomicroscopes on Pillar and Track Stands|
The most common type of stand for a zoom stereomicroscope. Most have built in transmitted and reflected illumination, so are suitable for a wide range of samples. If extra illumination is needed, then it is possible to add on ringlights or external gooseneck illuminators.
Most zoom stereomicroscopes have a magnification range from 7x-50x. This range can be extended with additional eyepieces or objectives.
Some of these microscopes have a trinocular head, so it is easy to attach a microscope camera.
|Zoom Stereomicroscopes on Gooseneck Stands|
The gooseneck stands have two flexible illuminators, and usually transmitted illumination too. The goosenecks can be independently positioned to give the best directional illumination for the sample. Need illumination from the side to bring out some surface features on the sample? Then just move one of the gooseneck illuminators to provide this!
These gooseneck stands are ideal for entomologists and anyone doing materials inspection. Also due to their versatility they are very good for teaching.
|Zoom Stereomicroscopes on Mirror Base Stands|
Mirror base stands have a transmitted illuminator, where it is possible to change the angle of the illumination. This can help provide some contrast to samples which are transparent or translucent.
These stands are designed for applications such as aquatic organisms, cell biology, embryology, nematodes and larvae.
|Zoom Stereomicroscopes on Boom Arm Stands|
Boom arm stands are for larger specimens that can’t be accommodated under a pillar or track type stand. They are suitable for materials inspection, electronic components, fossils, rocks, archaeology and surgical training.
With these stands some add on illumination would be needed such as a ringlight.
|Zoom Stereomicroscopes on Articulated Arm Stands|
Articulated arm stands are similar to boom arm stands and can be used for the same type of samples. They provide more freedom of movement of the microscope head, but less rigidity.
They are useful for scanning over larger specimens and can be angled to look onto the sides of a sample.
Again, some add on illumination would be needed such as a ringlight.
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