WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A STEREO MICROSCOPE

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A STEREO MICROSCOPE

A stereo microscope is the preferred tool of choice for an extremely varied range of general and precision magnification tasks, typically in the 2x - 100x magnification range, but could be required for use up to 300x. With such a varied potential workload, it is critically important to choose the one to fit your actual needs.

Our buying guide breaks down the important factors to consider when choosing a stereo microscope:

Application

Typically, this is what the user needs to do. Different microscopes may be better suited for some tasks than others, which can differ across applications in electronics, precision metal, plastics, ceramics, rubber engineering, medical and dental device manufacturing, aerospace, automotive engineering, biomedical laboratories, horticultural work in agriculture, jewelry and restoration, and even hair transplants. The application defines what the microscope must do to allow the user to do their job and will affect magnification, zoom, 3D view and more.

User(s)
 Not only must you consider how the microscope will be used, but also how many people will use it. This could also dictate the number of units required, and also for how long each will be used for. Frequent and long-duration users will be more exposed and more sensitive to the ergonomic effects of using a microscope.

Budget and Other Special Requirements

Effective and useful equipment is a good investment, and one should also consider future needs. Some microscopes offer modularity for future upgrades, so making a wise investment early on can be more cost effective in the longer term.

Magnification and FOV

Having the right tool for the job is never more important than in precision work. The right microscope is one that offers a useful range of magnification. Stereo microscopes offer varying magnification range, from 2x to 300x. As power increases, so too does the microscope’s specialization. Some applications require a greater field of view, particularly if the subject must be manipulated while under magnification.

Illumination
 All stereo microscopy requires light. While varying illumination techniques exist, most stereo microscopes rely on reflected light. A few subjects may benefit from UV illumination, while still others (particularly those that are translucent) may require transmitted light from a bench stand setup. Many microscopes can benefit from ring, and other illuminators as add-on accessories, depending upon application.

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