Digital microscopes have an LCD screen rather than eyepieces and output digital images.

Digital Microscopes


High-power microscopes used in the bio-medical field to view small objects such as cells.

Compound Microscopes


Low-power industrial microscopes feature dual optical paths to view "large" objects in 3D.

Stereo Microscopes


Specialized stereo microscopes that use a fluorescent lighting system to illuminate images.

Student Microscopes

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Buyer Product Information Guide to Microscopes

February 8, 2016

Become familiar with different types of microscopes, common applications for microscopes, and other relevant information. In this way, you can learn what you need to know about microscopes before you make a buying decision. You may not end up buying the most eature-laden microscope, but you'll make a more educated decision, and you'll get the most microscope for your money.

Microscopes for Bio-Medical

Professional compound microscopes used in biology and research laboratories, doctor's offices, veterinary clinics and forensics labs. Also includes fluorescence microscopes.

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Microscopes for Industrial

Professional stereo microscopes used in the semiconductor, electronic circuit board, gemological and geological industries. Also includes measurement and shop microscopes.

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Microscopes for Student

Entry- and intermediate-level microscopes used in school labs, for home-schooling, for the young budding scientist, and for casual hobbyists. These are typically "first" microscopes.

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Additional Info

Choosing a Microscope

How to select the right microscope for your use.

Top 10 Purchasing Tips

Tips and guidelines for your consideration.

Glossary of Terms

Complicated microscope terms simplified.

Parts & Accessories

Eyepieces, slides, stands and lighting units.

  • "We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present." - Victor Hugo

  • "A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones." - Lord Chesterfield

  • "Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope." - Josh Billings