Stereo Microscope

With a stereo microscope light is reflected from the surface of a sample in order to obtain high-resolution, low magnification images. Stereo microscopes have two objective lenses that provide two separate viewing angles with which to observe the reflected light thus providing a 3D image of the sample. Because of their low-magnification and ability to provide 3D images, these microscopes are good tools for biological or material studies that require detailed observation of larger samples. Specific applications include dissection, forensic observation, characterization of material surfaces, and more.

Depending on the type of observation being done, different features may be required from a stereo microscopes. Things to consider before purchasing include whether it is a fixed or a zoom microscope, the zoom range, field of view and optical range, whether the system is binocular or trinocular (trinocular systems have a third eye tube for camera connection), and type of illumination.

For more information, please refer to Labcompare’s article on Stereomicroscope Technology:

CompanyNikon Instruments
ItemSMZ445/ SMZ460 Zoom Stereomicroscope
Catalog NumberSMZ445 / SMZ460
DescriptionThe SMZ445 and SMZ460 deliver the outstanding optical performance you expect from Nikon's cutting-edge series of stereoscopic zoom microscopes. Porro prisms enable a lightweight, compact design. Choose between the two models: the SMZ445 with 0.8x - 3.5x zoom magnification or the SMZ460 with 0.7x - 3...
StandDiascopic Stand, Episcopic LED Stand, Plain Stand
Eyepiece Magnification10x, 15x, 20x
Objective Magnification0.5x, 0.7x (optional)
Total Magnification8x to 35x (SMZ445) or 7x to 30x (SMZ460)
IlluminationC-FIR Fiber-optics Ring Illuminator, C-FID Fiber-optics Bifurcated Illuminator, C-DSLS Lamphouse, G-LS Episcopic Illuminator, G-EIA Flexible Arm, C-FPS Fluorescent Ring Illuminator, SM-LW61Ji LED Illuminator
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