Best Compound Microscope for Beginners
Compound microscopes, a.k.a. upright microscopes, are for viewing prepared slides – samples too small for the naked eye are prepared and mounted onto microscope slides – introducing students to the intricate structures of bacteria, blood cells, tissues, and parasites.
What makes a suitable compound microscope for high school science classrooms?
✔ High quality Optics ✔ Mechanical XY stage for ergonomic adjustment ✔ Cordless LED lights ✔ Carrying handle ✔ Slide clips
Our top pick for robust and affordable compound microscope:
EXM-150 Monocular Microscope with mechanical stage
40-400X Magnification, Disc Diaphragm
EXM-50 Student Miscroscope
40-400X Magnification, Single Course Focus
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Which microscope is right for middle school geology?
Stereo microscopes provide a comfortable 3D view in which each optical path (eye) sees the sample from a slightly different angle. This microscope is often used for biology dissections and examining rocks, minerals, plants, bones, and other larger samples.
Zoom or Fixed magnification?
Your fixed magnification stereo microscope gives you the choices of 10X, 20X, 30X or 40X magnification depending on the eyepiece.
The zoom feature offers a range of magnification from 6.7X - 45X with a standard 10X eyepiece.
Top pick with science classroom-proof features:
✔ Rugged design ✔ Cordless LED ✔ Easily transportable ✔ Anti-fungal coating to protect the optical system ✔ Optional upgrade: add polarizer and fluorescent light to turn your stones and bones into instant WOW moments.
EXS-210-13 Stereo Microscope
10x/30x fixed magnifications
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Help your students see the bigger picture
Enhance 3-dimensional learning with digital microscope cameras
What would you like to connect the camera to?
Your TV or projector so you can show the entire class, or send images directly to yours and your students’ PC and Tablet?
HD Camera with integrated Monitor
✔ View real-time HD 1080 images ✔ 11.6” HD monitor ✔ Capture 5 MP still image ✔ HDMI and USB 2.0 connection ✔ Include advanced image processing software
HD Microscope Camera
✔ View live HD images and videos without a PC ✔ Capture 5 MP still images ✔ HDMI and USB 2.0 connection ✔ Include advanced image processing software
Color Microscope Camera
✔ Sony camera sensor ✔ Capture 5 megapixel still images ✔ Record 29 frame-per-second color videos ✔ USB 2.0 for live view on your PC ✔ Includes advanced image processing software
Color Eyepiece Camera
✔ Sony camera sensor ✔ Capture 5.1 megapixel still images ✔ Record 26 frame-per-second color videos ✔ USB 2.0 for live view on your PC
Upgrade your existing microscopes to digital microscopes.
If your microscope has a trinocular camera port, great! Simply connect a digital microscope camera, to view, share, and record live images on your screen.
No camera port? No problem. Use a camera adapter or an eyepiece camera to replace an eyepiece and voilà, your fully operable digital microscope.
Sounds confusing? Don’t worry, we’ll help find the best camera for your microscopes, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.
Microscope cameras are backed by a 1-year manuracturer warranty.
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Prepared microscopy slides for every curriculum
You may be excited about mica and basalt or the cellular structure of a Drosophila melanogaster larvae.
But how do you engage your gen Z students and excite their enthusiasm?
Foggy, blurry images in bubbly plastic coverslips sure won’t cut it.
Our extensive selection of professionally prepared slide sets are made with top-quality material, from cover slip to samples, ensuring that your images are free from unwanted distractions.
Reduce your lesson planning time by choosing from our class-specific catalog. Save your budget at the same time when you bundle in accessories with your microscope:
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