Looking for a Microscope in line with your hobby can be a fun and an educational process. At Meiji Techno America we separate light microscopes into two basic classes, Dissecting (Stereo) microscopes, and Compound Microscopes. There are two major distinctions between the two. You will view your specimen in three dimensions with a stereo microscope, not so with compound microscopes. Stereo microscope are made with a Greenough design or a Common Main Objective Design (C.M.O.). Compound microscopes have enormous magnification range from 10x to 1,500x, compared to practical limitations of 5x to 200x with stereo microscopes. Compound microscopes can reveal detail at a more cellular level and have a variety of lighting techniques available.
Microscopy can be an expensive hobby but it doesn't have to be with Meiji Techno America’s Hobbyist microscope line. Be realistic about what you can afford to spend versus what type of microscopy you would like to perform. If you are an avid collector working with larger specimens, or if you wish to use a microscope to car or household, machine parts, stamps, plants, coins, insects, rocks, fossils or archaeological specimens, or to guide you during fine dissection, you will need a stereo or dissecting microscope. Stereo microscopes have the optical ability to see the third dimension depth. This makes stereo microscopes the instruments of choice for surgeons, gemologists, electronic assemblers, denture makers and fine engravers, to name a few examples. Because two optical systems are joined on one frame, stereo microscopes must be perfectly collimated by the manufacturer to function optimally. Stereo microscopes have long working distance objectives to enable larger specimens to be examined. Simple brightfield compound microscope work can be accomplished at very reasonable costs with our new Educational MT series. Phase contrast microscopy is going to cost you more but give you excellent images for unstained tissues. If you are looking for a good quality compound or Stereo microscope.
You may be using it at home for general purposes, possibly a compound type so that can view at a cellular level. One might want to look water and soil analysis, and the analysis of other natural things like molds and fungus found in nature. People that enjoy just about anything science that want a microscope will find years of use with our models. Before laying out your budget for a microscope decide how far you want to take your new interest. A stereo microscope will give you a good depth of field with a variety of options you can add on. If your interests run to simple microscopy don't spend more on a complicated instrument that may just collect dust. A microscope not used is far more expensive, at any cost, than a microscope that is being regularly used. Conversely, if your interests run towards some of the more complicated lighting techniques, don't settle yourself with a microscope that cannot be upgraded or easily replaced with a more advanced model. Do your homework before you make your purchase. It is also good to know if you would like to add a camera on the microscope so that you can choose a trinocular model for your initial purchase and add the camera of your choice with the appropriate adapter. The market is flooded with low-end microscopes a good microscope equipment will not show any wear and tear with normal use. It will provide a satisfying educational experience for any hobbyist , child , science student or up and coming microscopist. Our optics are created to a standard and of professional quality with components that function smoothly and accurately. Low end microscopes typically go the recycler and quality microscopes can be repaired by a trained technician. Low end microscopes can be cosmetically appealing but poor optical performers. We carry a full line of microscope instruments. Even the inexpensive affordable microscopes are of high technical quality. We do not make frequent model changes requiring constant new tooling costs and discontinued parts not available.
Our microscopes are constructed with good materials and precision machining and proven ergonomic designs. Younger budding microscopist will benefit more with a monocular eyepieces which will be easier to handle than a binocular model, due to their limited interpupilliary distance. Teenagers can learn oil immersion techniques more adaptly and can follow the cleaning maintenance more easily with the regular use of oil on specimens with the 100X objective.
Nothing beats seeing a specimen in 3-D! If you are working with larger specimens, or if you wish to use a microscope to inspect parts, plants, stamps, coins, insects, rocks, fossils or archaeological specimens, or to guide you during fine dissection, you need a stereo or dissecting microscope. Stereo microscopes have the unique ability to see the third dimension depth. This makes stereo microscopes the instruments of choice for surgeons, gemologists, electronic assemblers, denture makers and fine engravers, to name a few examples. Because two optical systems are joined on one frame, stereo microscopes must be perfectly collimated by the manufacturer. Stereo microscopes have long working distance objectives to enable larger specimens to be examined.