Buying a Microscope? Here’s 5 Tips For You..

m3When you buy any kind of product, you have to stay well-informed on your purchase. Microscopes are no different, and because they’re such specialised pieces of equipment, this is even more vital.

Microscope sales aren’t easy to get right, especially for newcomers. Exactly what are you looking for? What do I need to buy? With so many options, it can get overwhelming quickly! You may have made the purchase already, and I hope you made the right choice.

If you believe you haven’t, however, then this post is for you. Or maybe you’re happy with your purchase, and you just want more information. Whatever the case, here are five things you wish you’d known before making that microscope sale!

1. Quality is everything

For some products, the quality of the build isn’t really vital. I’ve never heard anyone complain that their toothpaste tube feels too bendy. For microscope sales, however, it’s vital.

Sure, you could buy a cheap one from your local discount store, but it won’t be as effective. You get what you pay for, after all. Quality is integral to the longevity and function of the piece of equipment. Don’t forget that!

2. Plastic is a no no

gold mI’ve seen a lot of microscopes that are made from plastic, and people who purchase these are making a mistake. I’m sure they’re fine, and functional, but that material will only hinder the functionality of the product.

You want to buy a scope that’s made of a metallic alloy. This ensures you’ll experience minimal fluctuation of temperature and lessened vibrations. The microscope will be steadier, sturdier and just plain better.


3. Industry jargon

The microscope industry is rather technical, so it’s important to brush up before purchase. In terms of lenses, you have multiple options at your disposal, but there’s a clear winner.

‘DIN’ stands for Deutsche Industrie Norm. As the name implies, these are lenses which adhere to the international standards. By buying a scope which follows these standards, you make it easier to replace or fix one of your objective lenses. Buying a scope which is ‘JIS’, the Japanese equivalent, would be harder to fix and replace.

4. Look for a wide field eyepiece

You can find microscope sales with other types of eyepiece, but wide field is the most common, and the best.

For starters, it’s a lot simpler to position your eye to see with a wide field eyepiece. The wider the eyepiece, the easier it is to see down it! Wide field lenses are typically around 18mm in width, making them on the wider side of eyepieces.

Additionally, wide field eyepieces increase your field of view, so you won’t have to shift the slide as much while you’re viewing.

5. Monocular vs. binocular

Do you need one eyepiece or two? There’s no definitive answer to that question, sadly. All you can do is take into account your needs.

If you’ll be using the microscope all day, every day, then binocular is the way to go. Binocular is a much more comfortable way of viewing, as you won’t have to ignore one eye. Most microscopes on the market are binocular, as they’re generally more comfortable.

Monocular is better for children, though. Sometimes, kids can have trouble with pupil adjustment. Having them only need to adjust one will be much easier for them..

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