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Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an Optical Microscope

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an Optical Microscope

What type of specimens will you be looking at? This will help you determine whether or not an upright or inverted frame type is best for you.
What applications are you using your microscope for? Answering this question is important when deciding whether a polarizing or nonpolarizing microscope is required. That information will also be useful in deciding on a basic or advanced model.
Are accuracy and ease of use critical for your applications? If they are, you will want to check out the motorized options of the microscope brand you decide to select.
Of course, asking about cost is also important. If your budget is limited, going with the basic model is usually the cheapest option.
What service and support options are available?
How long will staff be working at the microscope? If lab workers will be using the instrument for extended periods, selecting the most ergonomic microscope you can is important.

Top 7 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an SEM Microscope

What type of samples will you be looking at? This needs to be asked of the technical experts who can guide the user to the appropriate type of SEM, X-ray spectrometer and accessories.
What are the sizes of the features you want to image, or expressed differently, what is the maximum magnification you want to view the samples at; and at what accelerating voltages do you want to use? This will be the deciding factor between: a) table top SEM b) W SEM, or c) Field Emission SEM.
Who will be using the instrument the most? Experts or non-experts?
What is the budget? #1, 2 above may be moot if the budget is not sufficient. What is the expected total cost of ownership?
How many of the SEM you are considering (or similar models) are in use, in the field? Get a complete, not hand-picked, users list.
Will you receive application support/instrument training? How many service engineers are in your area and what is their average response time to be “on site” for repairs?
What is the experience of the applications/training support staff, and can they be contacted directly for help?

Recently Released Microscopes

SMZ25 and SMZ18 Stereomicroscopes

  • The automated zoom model SMZ25 utilizes the Nikon Perfect Zoom System, which enables the world’s largest zoom ratio of 25:1, superior resolution, and exceptional fluorescence transmission capability
  • The SMZ18 is more economic and uses a manual-intelligent zoom
  • Both instruments are the first stereomicroscopes to use a fly-eye lens on an epi-fluorescence attachment

Nikon Instruments

OPTIKA Optical Microscopes

  • OPTIKA is continuously working on development of new models, on production, on quality control, on sales and after-sales service
  • Offer quality, innovation, competitive prices, and customer assistance
  • Reach end users through a wide network of national and international distributors

OPTIKA Microscopes

KH-8700 3D Digital Microscope

  • Delivers fast operation and faster processor speeds
  • User friendly software makes this microscope very easy to operate
  • Images saved and taken with the KH-8700 are delivered with ultra-fine detail
  • Includes a full HD monitor, auto focus, a high intensity LED light source, roughness measurements, and more


Phenom ProX Desktop SEM

  • Features a magnification range up to 100,000x and resolution of 17nm
  • Identifies different elements in a specimen by using the integrated Element Identification software with a specially designed EDS detector
  • Provides fast and user friendly imaging and analysis
  • Software can be expanded with a combined Elemental Mapping and Line Scan option


Microscope Manufacturers

Bruker Optics

Carl Zeiss


Edmund Optics




Hitachi High Technologies




Leica Microsystems

Meiji Techno America

MilesCo Scientific

Motic Instruments

Nikon Instruments


OPTIKA Microscopes


Prior Scientific

TILL Photonics