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Microscopes - Anyone got one?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ajf, 18 Apr 2010.

  1. ajf


    Joined: 30 Oct 2006

    Posts: 2,979

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

    I am looking at getting a good quality microscope, with the potential to go to 400x magnification or more.

    Can anyone here guide me to a decent manufacturer or company? I know many of the high powered ones around are not very good. Quite happy to look at 2nd hand.

    It should also have the ability for a digital slr to be attached.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. Aod


    Joined: 7 Oct 2004

    Posts: 8,675

    Location: London

    nothing specific but i suggest that you focus on known-optics brands like nikon, olympus etc...
  3. James J


    Joined: 4 Dec 2002

    Posts: 14,519

    Location: North Lincolnshire

    Avoid the latest gen of the sony offerings as they are garbage. The older ones are vastly superior but won't support DSLR mounts.

    Also look for microscopes which use a "white light" bulb instead of a dodgy green tinted one which makes a massive difference to what you can and cannot see when using the optics with your eyes or the camera's lol.

    Set yourself a budget though as a decent starter microscope is around £99 and when you start adding in better optics, the DSLR mount and actual pre made high quality slides to look at, your looking at close to £300. I'll ask around tomorrow for specific brand recommendations and also places worth buying from.
  4. ajf


    Joined: 30 Oct 2006

    Posts: 2,979

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

    Thanks. That would be helpful. I didn't even realise Sony made microscopes!