There are a number of variables you should consider when selecting microscopes for your science classrooms and labs. You will want to determine what kind of features you'll need so your students can get the most out of each experiement. 

Some features you should think about are:

Type: Stereo or Compound

Head Type: Binocular or Trinocular

Eyepiece: 10X or 20X

Objective Lens: Zoom range if it a zoom type or magnification if it is a compound type scope.

Stage: Pole stand, Boom Stand, Rigid Arms Stand, Wide Surface Stand

Lighting: Transmitted or Incident Light

Power Source: LED or Halogen or Fluorescent or Tungsten

Microscope Cameras: HDMI or USB 2.0 or Analog (RGB or S-Video)


Microscope Type

To determine which type of microscope is right for you, it is important to think about what kind of specimen and specimen size you will be observing.

Compound Microscope Type: Compound microscopes are what most people think of when they hear the word "microscope". Compound microscopes use slides, offer high magnifications and are used to observe very small specimen such as cells and organisms in pond water for the Biological microscopes and one can observe cross sections of circuit boards with Metallurgical microscopes or thin sections of rock with Polarizing microscopes. 

Stereo Microscope Type: This type of microscope allows you to observe large specimen such as leaves, rocks, flowers, insects, gems and more. Stereo microscopes dont require high magnifcation and are much easier to operate. These are a good choice for production facilities, manufacturing plants that require immediate inspection and educational studies that require a lower magnification where a specimen is not. 

Digital Microscope Type: This type of microscope either doesnt have an eyepiece or has an eyepeice and a camera already integrated into the microscope head. You can view your specimen on a HDMI screen or PC monitor. It produces high quality images of both slides and larger specimen.


Microscope Head Type

Monocular head is a good choice for standard labs and a good option if you're on a budget. It has a single eyepiece lens, making it harder to view specimens in great detail. The head is set at 45 degrees and can't be adjusted to suit individual preferences.

Binocular head is recommended for more advanced students and longer lab sessions. Two separate eyepiece lenses prevent you from straining either eye, and you can adjust the distance between eyepieces for maximum comfort. Binocular heads also let two students use the microscope simultaneously.


Microscope Eyepiece Type

The eyepiece is the lens closest to your eye when looking through a microscope. It will have a single, non-adjustable magnification. Many microscopes have a eyepiece with 10x magnification. Some microscopes have an LCD screen instead of an eyepiece, so they're perfect for small groups. They have built-in digital cameras to take pictures and videos of specimen slides.


Microscope Objective Lens Type

When Choosing the most important lens in a microscope is the one closest to the specimen.Compound microscopes generally have three, four or five objective lenses, so you can select different magnification levels. The higher the number, or power, of an objective lens, the finer the detail.

Microscope Stage

When choosing a Microscope stage on a microscope is where you place your slide or object you are studying. Less expensive microscopes use stage clips to hold the slide for you. You must move the slide with your fingers, so it can be difficult to move it a very small amount and find just what you're looking for.

Microscopes with mechanical stages allow you to turn a knob and move the specimen to a precise position. Certain calibrated versions have a graduated scale so you can see how far the slide has been moved or keep track of the position of various objects on the slide.

Microscope Lighting

When choosing the Microscope lighting for your lab.Microscopes with built-in lights allow students to see the specimen they are studying in great detail. This lighting lets students concentrate on observing specimen, rather than struggling to find enough light supply to see specific features. Top illumination and bottom illumination are available on some microscopes, but in general the light is housed in the bottom of the microscope. Many microscopes use cool LED lighting to prevent overheating or any damage to sensitive slides. Other microscopes use fluorescent, halogen or tungsten bulbs.


Microscope Power Source

You'll want to consider things like available outlets and battery availability when deciding which power source on a microscope is right for you.

Power Cords: Microscopes with power cords (or AC adapters) are a good choice for classrooms and labs that have plenty of easily accessible power outlets. If you plan on using your microscopes often, these are a good choice because you won't have to replace or recharge batteries. Some microscopes have detachable power cords so you can charge its batteries and then take it out in the field.  Some models are Auto-Voltage Sensing – typically LED units so make sure you select your proper voltage to be given the proper 110V or 220V cord 

Microscope Rechargable Battery: Most cordless microscopes have rechargeable batteries as their power source. Not only are these a good choice when outlets are limited, they're also budget friendly because you won't have to keep buying and replacing batteries.

Microscope Batteries: If you don't plan on using your microscopes for long periods of time, a battery power source is a good option. These usually come with cordless rechargeable microscopes.

Microscope USB or HDMI Cable: If you're looking for an easy way to transfer microscopic images to your computer, a USB power source is your best option. Plug the USB cord into any open USB port on your computer to charge your microscope.  We also have HDMI and RGB options that plug directly to your new flat screen TV or HDMI monitor.


Microscope Cameras

Microscope cameras are designed to capture still or moving microscopic images and send them to a computer, projector or internet network. To determine which type of microscope camera is right for you, keep your class size and technology needs in mind.

WiFi Eyepiece Camera: This is the newest most and most affordable microscopic camera if you have a binocular model and have no other means in installing a camera since you do not have a Trinocular port. It's simple to use and fits on your compound or stereo microscope eyepiece. It takes high-resolution images and videos and displays them directly to a computer monitor using a USB cable. This is a good choice for classrooms with student computers.  The downside is WIFI speed is typically a slower frame rate and connectivity to the app on your tablet is sometimes a hit or miss.

Digital Video Camera:This camera lets you capture both images and videos and transmits them to your computer or television monitor. These cameras can fit directly over your microscope's eyepiece, or they might have flexible necks that make it easy to focus on slides and objects. Depending on the resolution, these cameras can take microscopic, very detailed images.

Multiple Signal Output Camera: This type of camera lets you easily switch between various AV electronics – including television screens, computer monitors and projectors – while displaying images and videos. It's the most expensive camera option, and is ideal if you're often performing demonstrations in the classroom.

A camera's resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed and ranges from 640x480 to 2048x1536. The higher the resolution,the better the image quality. Keep in mind that the larger the image file, the more difficult it is to email. Aside from capturing and saving microscopic images, the included camera software offers plenty of applications to keep students engaged. You can record videos, time-lapse sequences and audio in multiple formats, take measurements in multiple units, magnify still images and more. Students can use drawing, measurement and image comparison tools during labs. Double-check to make sure your software is compatible with Windows or Mac.